|Sep 7, 2008, 09:28 PM||#1|
Powerbook G4 problems - someone please help
Hi all I've been having problems with my G4 powerbook the last few weeks (Aluminium 15", 1.5ghz, 512mb or ram running Leopard)
My problems first started when i started to get kernal panics and i did an apple hardware test and a slot of RAM had gone bad so i removed that. I used to have 1gig but now have 512.
The computer no longer had kernal panics meaning i didn't have to restart the computer etc but i find it now crashing a lot and freezing up etc. Just generally not running smooth how it used too.
Then a few mins ago the whole computer locked up and i had to manually turn it off. After this the powerbook would no longer turn on. It would make a bleeping noise and just not start up.
It would not start no matter what i did. I then found on a google search that someone said they took the ram out and re-slotted it back in and there computer re-started. So i did this and to my surprise the computer actually did power back on.
However i keep on getting these problems and the computer is just not running right. It locks up a lot and is very slow etc.
Can anyone shed some light on the matter, when using the apple hardware test it is not bringing up any faults.
Please help as it is giving me a major headache
Thanks in advance
|Sep 7, 2008, 10:17 PM||#3|
It's not the hard drive, it's more likely to be that you're running Leopard on 512 MB or RAM, which needs more RAM. Of course, there could be a deeper problem, such as bad RAM in general, but not having enough RAM will produce a lot of slowdowns and potentially lockups, but, once again, I can't rule out some other problem in this situation. The beep(s) would indicate bad RAM, so I'd have to go with the RAM... potentially both slots are actually failing... I dunno...
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|Sep 9, 2008, 12:39 PM||#9|
the powerbooks of that time had a problem called upper ram slot failure.
the ram slot failed, not the ram itself. try putting your ram in the other slot and see if it's better. if it is better go to a apple store, maybe it's under warranty (mine was).
aside of that replace your ram with at least a 1GB stick.
|Sep 9, 2008, 01:09 PM||#10|
Those Powerbooks in particular suffered from several issues that became apparent after the warranty expired. Mine had the following issues:
There is some information and links over at Wikipedia
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