brand new powerbook g4 issues

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by bslax28, Jun 6, 2005.

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  1. macrumors member

    so i got a 12" pb two days ago. its incredible, superdrive, 80 gb, 1.5 ghz.. etc.. lovin it. but.. i have two questions about it. first, AIM crashes after about 10 minutes of IMing. i just click try again and it opens up no problem, but then crashes several minutes later. any idea why? should i delete it and then reinstall it? any other suggestions?

    also, i assume this is normal, but im stiting here iwth my pb on my lab watching tv and its really hot. i mean, reallly hot. how hot do your powerbooks get and is this a problem at all? should it not be used for extended periods of time?

    thanks for the help
  2. macrumors 68030

    I would recommend Adium over AIM, just off the bat. Much more fun to use, you can get it at: Other than that, yeah, my PowerBook heats up, but not so much that I can't use it. I do avoid putting it on my lap, though. Are you running and programs that take heavy processing power? Oddly enough, even Firefox is a huge CPU drain, so you may wanna limit the amount of apps running at the same time if you're using it on the go.
  3. macrumors member

    thanks, adium works well. this is my first mac, after going through 4 pc's, and i love it. who cares if it was made obsolete two days after i bought it? haha
  4. macrumors 68030

    Hey, if you bought it and Apple released a new version right afterwards, you may be able to trade it in. Give them a call. If that's what you meant be "obsolete" of course.
  5. Ugg
    macrumors 68000


    yep, they get pretty hot. I would recommend some kind of stand for it, it's easier on the wrists and keeps it cooler, definitely a good idea when you're mobile as the fan can use a fair amount of power.
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    I've read good things about the iLap from I'm thinking about getting it. As far as temperatures go, a lot of people reccomend downloading Temperature Monitor from VersionTracker at .
  7. macrumors regular

    I just make sure to have a pillow on my lap or something :p

    However, no need for condom's now, just cook the little buggers ;)
  8. macrumors demi-god

    The pillow will actually absorb heat and make the powerbook get super hot. No es bueno!
    the icepad(?) from MacAlly is nice. I have one (but can't remember the exact name!)
    it can either be a little tilted stand or you fold it out to make a lap stand.
    it's got airflow channels and everything! :D :D
    I love my Mac accessories... hahaha
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