BYEBYE Rev A PB 12in

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by PBGPowerbook, May 4, 2005.

  1. PBGPowerbook macrumors regular

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    I have had soooo many problems with my powerbook (12/867)...In january the HD was making noise. 3 Apple Geniuses told me it was toast, but I sent it in and they said the Airport card needed re-seating, that was causing the hardware problems. Worked fine til yesterday when I got a system freeze. Won't restart, can only boot off the Panther disc, and disk utility can't make repairs. Oh yeah and the HD sounds like it has a half cup of gravel spinning around in it. Did Apple miss something in January, or am i just SOL?

    I always thought the HD on these machines was poorly protected from the outside shell...whatever
     
  2. rosalindavenue macrumors 6502a

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    What is your history with the PB? Did you buy it new or used?
     
  3. Celeron macrumors 6502a

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    If your hard drive sounds like that then its done for. You are going to need a new drive, no question about it.
     
  4. PBGPowerbook thread starter macrumors regular

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    bought it new June 2003...really annoying, I hoped this computer would last me more than 2 years. Yes I know I can get the HD replaced but then we're getting into Mac Mini price territory anyway. Just sucks, I'm a student and I've lost a lot of important work.
     
  5. zach macrumors 65816

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    The comment about the mini price range isn't true: if you install the HD yourself, you can find one for under 100 dollars most likely.
     
  6. Redline13 macrumors 6502

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  7. Mechcozmo macrumors 603

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    Didn't you back up your work when you sent it in to Apple?

    And also, Disk Utility should display a "S.M.A.R.T. Status:" when you open it so you can tell if it really is dying or not.

    Sucks to hear though...
     
  8. James Philp macrumors 65816

    James Philp

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    Unlucky Buddy.
    Had my PB G3 Pismo for nearly 5 years now no HD problems here! (Though this is a replacement machine for one with a bad Grachics card!)
    Just one of the unlucky ones i guess! usually if a HD is bad, it will go wrong under warranty if at all!
    Hope you find a solution to fix it!
    There should be some way of recovering data, if it's very important it's worth the money....

    It's only a computer!
     
  9. calyxman macrumors 6502a

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    Check newegg.com on HD prices.

    PBfixit has a tutorial on replacing the HD in the 12". Here is the linky.

    By the way, it's not as hard as it looks. I've disassembled my G3 iBook to fix a display problem, and there's so many hoops you have to jump through just to access the HD. The 12", OTOH, shouldn't be that bad.
     

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