iBook G4 freezes (?!) when closing lid (setting it to sleep)

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by tkermit, Apr 17, 2004.

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    tkermit

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    hi everyone,

    once again I'm having problems with my iBook.
    Every now and then (well, I can't remember a ">1 day" uptime, so it kinda happens every day), my iBook, when I try setting it to sleep by closing the lid, decides to act in a very strange way.
    It turns off the screen, but apparently doesn't turn off anything else. I can still hear the fans and it seems to access the harddrive every ~10-20 seconds. When I finally realize that it's not going to fall asleep, I open the lid again, which doesn't change anything. The screen is still black (turned off), and the computer doesn't react to any input (only solution: control/command/power or pressing the power button for >5 seconds).

    Is it at all possible that the reason for this behaviour is a hardware fault ? (I just had my iBook repaired ~1month ago ) Or should I assume it's some kind of software conflict?

    What I have done so far:

    - restart (obviously)
    - repaired permissions
    - ran maintenance scripts (daily,weekly,monthly)
    - ran optimization script
    - deleted/cleaned user/system cache and swapfile
    - reset NPRAM

    What else can I do ? (well I know I could try to reinstall Mac Os X, but I'd really prefer only doing that if I know that it'll help / if it is the only solution.

    So, once again I'd appreciate ANY help. Thank you so much,

    christian
     
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    abhishekit

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    try resetting the PMU..if its a g4 ibook, shut down.... press Shift-Control-Option-power..hold down for 10 sec..release....wait for 10 sec..power it on..
    hope it helps
     
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    zimv20

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    kermit - i assume that the sleep light never comes on? (and pulses, obviously)
     
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    tkermit

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    thanks, but I already did that. (that's what I meant when I said that I reset the NPRAM )


    right, it actually feels like the laptop is stuck somewhere in the "going to sleep" process...
     
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    zimv20

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    my g3/ibook does something similar, though it eventually does sleep (light pulsing).

    it had misbehaved for a while (the screen would stay on when i closed the lid); i tried all manner of fixes (including all those you mentioned), but then it kind of "fixed itself," or i accidentally fixed it when investigating.

    what i did was take a magnet to the reed switch -- that's the thing that senses a closed lid. on my ibook (and i assume yours) it's inside the lid, a couple inches below the mic. put a magnet up against it and the machine should sleep. pull the magnet away, it should wake up.

    give it a try.
     
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    tkermit

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    ok, I just did it a couple of times (Actually, right next to me I had one of those magnets you use on bicycles to measure your speed). Worked beautifully, like it should. I don't think this solved anything, though. As I said, most of the time, closing the lid also works. Even when it doesn't, the reed switch must still recognize the magnet under the right palmrest, right ? (because it starts going to sleep (the display turns black and all that)) .
    Since you said that your book eventually went to sleep, I just want to add, that I actually waited a few times for it to fall asleep (5min. once) (to see if it just takes some time, but it doesn't do anything (keeps running)).
    Thanks for your answer , I'll see if it changed anything... :eek:
     
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    zimv20

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    fwiw, mine doesn't take anywhere near 5 minutes, maybe 5 seconds.

    i'm not sure if my magnet experiment really did anything to fix it, but the timing was coincidental. about the same time, i stopped folding on the ibook -- maybe the problem was heat related?
     
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    tkermit

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    ...it happened again... :(
    I'm not sure though if it's maybe related to the battery status display on the top of the screen. I kinda got the impression that it only behaved like this when it was set to display the remaining time (but even then there is no real pattern...) . Any other ideas ? :confused:
    Thx, chr. :)
     
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    tkermit

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    update: I just went ahead and reinstalled OS X (ran diagnostic software beforehand / reset PRAM again / reset open firmware ram / initialized HD etc. ) and the problem is STILL there -
    I'm beginning to think it must have something to do with the hardware, basically I'm ready to call Apple...
     
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    titaniumducky

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    Definitely call Apple! I'm assuming it's still under warranty. This a serious hardware issue with the PMU (esp. since resetting it didn't help). You probably have a lemon.
     
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    tkermit

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    ok then, I guess that's the way to go. Isn't it weird though, that it doesn't happen all the time, but only on occasion ? :confused:
     
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    tkermit-

    mine did the SAME thing as yours... i had to end up sending it in after hours on the phone with tech support.... they ended up replacing the logic board, however, i had it for ONE day and had to send it in AGAIN!! this time it's the hard drive. figures.
     

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