G5 1.6 starting to crash multiple applications

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by mr1970, Nov 19, 2009.

  1. macrumors member

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    Feb 15, 2008
    #1
    Hi there

    I bought my son a secondhand G5 1.6 recently, and it's worked perfectly well for about 2 months (running Tiger, incidentally). Recently, however, all the standard apps he uses (Safari, iTunes, Word, GarageBand etc) have started to unexpectedly crash - spinning beach ball followed by either eventually closing down or having to Force Quit.

    There's plenty of space on the hard drive, and I've checked / repaired permissions, but I'm wondering if there's something else going on here before I reach for the rebuild disk - could this be the PRAM battery on its last legs?

    Any thoughts welcome - I could just rebuild the disk but it's most of a day to do it including backup / restore so I'd rather not if that might not be the problem.

    Many thanks in advance for any help.

    mr1970
     
  2. macrumors 65816

    zmttoxics

    Joined:
    May 20, 2008
    #2
    This is more likely to be a ram / disk problem then anything else. I recommend tracking down a copy of techtool and memtest86 for mac so you can properly diagnose the machine.
     

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