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Old Dec 13, 2006, 10:02 PM   #1
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powerbook g4 crashing

i'm having some old school os 8/9 crashes -- everything just freezes up. no kernal panic screen, i can't move the mouse, the keyboard doesn't even respond so i can't apple-ctrl-pwr to reboot, i have to hold down the power button to shut it off.

this is the second time it has happened in the past 2 weeks. any ideas?
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Old Dec 13, 2006, 10:10 PM   #2
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What recent changes have you made to your system? Do you have plenty of free space available? What sort of third party hardware (including RAM) do you have?
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Old Dec 13, 2006, 10:18 PM   #3
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i have 70 of 80 GBs of hard disk space free. i added 512 MB of owc RAM in early october, but haven't had any odd symptoms until last thursday.
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Try removing that new RAM and see if it goes away. You might have ended up with a bad stick.
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Yeah, I agree. Even though RAM can act normally when first purchased, a bad stick can sometimes take a while to actually start playing up. The only real way to test it is to run the machine with the stick removed for a while to see if problems persist. The software-based RAM tests are useless.
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ok, i removed the stick of RAM and sent OWC an e-mail. i'll see where it goes from here.

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Yeah, I agree. Even though RAM can act normally when first purchased, a bad stick can sometimes take a while to actually start playing up. The only real way to test it is to run the machine with the stick removed for a while to see if problems persist. The software-based RAM tests are useless.
It can act fine when it's cold and then act up after it's warmed up too.
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