Blue Screen???

Discussion in 'Mac Help/Tips' started by cocopelli, Sep 11, 2002.

  1. cocopelli macrumors member

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    I have not put the ibook to sleep since it woke up earlier. However i am still experiencing problems. the desktop is blue i cant see any of my icons or anything nor can I post a picture on my desktop i checked the file and they are good but they wont show in the desktop or the apple supplied designs wont work either. has anyone else experienced this? i dont know what to do and i dont want to put it to sleep until im sure it will wake up when i want it to
     
  2. krossfyter macrumors 601

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  3. cocopelli thread starter macrumors member

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    no not yet

    I was waiting till i found out if i have to do any back up before i do it. I dont want to lose anything. do you know if there is a chance of losing data and if so how big of a chance? should i back it up first? i have never done this before
     
  4. cocopelli thread starter macrumors member

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    Ok i did it

    I decided not to wait any longer so I went ahead and zapped it. Let chime like 5 times. It sarted right up actually faster than it has been. The pictures are back and so are the icons :) I was just wondering though? What exactly is Pram and what does zapping do to help it?
     
  5. krossfyter macrumors 601

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    What is PRAM?:
    Parameter RAM (PRAM) is a private playground for Apple engineers. Some of the contents of this battery-backed memory are documented, but most remain a mysterious secret. That may be acceptable when everything works correctly, but PRAM has been implicated in various crashes and installation problems. PRAM stores various pieces of information that the Macintosh would like to remember when it is turned off or unplugged. This includes:

    * Desktop Pattern
    * Date
    * Highlight color
    * keyboard settings
    * Map settings
    * Memory settings
    * Mouse speed
    * Network settings
    * PowerBook Power Management
    * Sound settings
    * Startup disk
    * Time
    * Other undocumented and system-spefic information


    Zapping the PRAM:
    "Zapping PRAM" is a way of resetting PRAM back to its original factory values.
     
  6. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    Sorry to come accross stupid here...but...how do u ZAP the PRAM? :confused:
     
  7. Wes macrumors 68020

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    Verbose,

    You reset the pram by pressing Command+Option+P+R at startup and holding the keys down until you hear atleast 2 chimes
     
  8. Wes macrumors 68020

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    Highly likely
     
  9. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    Thanks!
     

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