Buying a computer with Kernal Panics?

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    raysfan81

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    Is it worth buying one if its a good price? I understand a lot of the problems can be resolved by reinstalling the OS.
     
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    Intell

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    What computer would it be? And for about how much?
     
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    raysfan81

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    15" PB G4 1.5 Ghz, 256 MB Ram and I don't know how much it would cost.
     
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    sysiphus

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    Run a hardware test (using the original restore discs) and you can find out if it's a hardware problem.

    Unless you've got a good reason for it, though, think twice about buying a G4. They don't have much in the way of current support/speed for many modern tasks, unless it's a maxed-out model. I personally wouldn't buy any G4s anymore, and certainly not a single-processor model (i.e. any PowerPC laptop).
     
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    I know but I just want one for some reason. And how am I supposed to run the hardware test when I buy something from ebay?
     
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    mrkramer

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    I probably wouldn't buy it, if you really want one keep looking and you should be able to find a cheap working one somewhere.
     
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    If this PB will go for cheap, you can risk. KP is mostly hardware related. If it'll be RAM or HDD - not too bad. Any logic board/CPU issue will make this deal senseless... but you'd know when you'll get it in your hands...
    These PowerBooks had one common problem: RAM slot failure http://support.apple.com/kb/ht2164
    Decision is up to you :)
     
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    raysfan81

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    Would I be able to tell the problem by asking the seller what shows up on the screen when it happens. Like, would it be very specific or general?

    Yes I REALLY want one, but I don't know where to look to find a good one at a low price. People really seem to overvalue them. :(
     
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    666sheep

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    I don't think so.
     
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    MacHamster68

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    wait a bit like i do ,they are coming down in price now , at the moment is bad ebay time as christmas is soon so prices are up , wait after christmas and you will find one
     
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    I'd stay away. Often, kernel panics are a sign of hardware problems no amount of clean OS re-installations you do will resolve it.

    You're better off taking the money you were going to spend on it and bet it on a hand of blackjack.
     
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    I wouldn't bother. Kernel panics are often caused by hardware issues, like bad RAM, motherboards or graphics cards. There are occasionally KPs that come from software, but buying a Mac that had constant KPs is like buying a Windows PC with constant blue screens—a bad idea.
     
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    Jessica Lares

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    I say go ahead, and that's only because it'll probably end up in my hands for free. :p. And I'LL fix it.

    If you really want one that bad, go for it, try and see if it's a software problem, PRAM/etc it and see what happens. A Kernel Panic can simply be something that lasts a few reboots, or is a sign of a reinstall needed. Buying the parts yourself overtime to fix it would be like buying a used one, except you'd have the benefit of knowing they were okay in the first place.

    And by the way, here's the lower half of that PB: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dl...fda098e&itemid=370335692898&ff4=263602_263622
     
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    James cuck

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    This appears to avoid the kernel panics on restart. It's primarily used for doing diagnostics.
     

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