iBook G4 problems...

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by britishempire, Apr 24, 2006.

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    britishempire

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    I have a late 2005 model G4 iBook (1.33Ghz) which I've had for around 3 months or so... And it's started to slow down doing simple tasks for no reason that I can tell.

    Even when I'm only running Mail, Safari and iTunes, it's prone to just freeze up and show me the rainbow disc for up to a minute or more before going back to normal. And it does this every few minutes while I'm using it.

    At first I thought it was because I'd had my system running for about 3 weeks with no restart (was never a problem with any of my other macs) so I tried restarting, and then it was ok again for a while, but now it's doing it all the time.

    Can anyone help? :( what might be causing this?

    PS: I've installed a RAM upgrade, but I did that as soon as I got the iBook, and it was fine.. so i don't think that can be the problem...
     
  2. macrumors 6502

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    Applications >>> Utilities >>> Disk Utility >>>>> repair permissions.

    I have the same computer and this seemed to help me quite a bit. ITs a quick fix but sometimes its all you need. :cool:
     
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    britishempire

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    Thanks a lot for your advice, I'll try it now :)

    EDIT: That seems to have helped. The repair log found a ton of broken permissions. Hopefully this'll help things a lot!
     
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    britishempire

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    Argh. I'm still getting the same problem. It seems to happen mainly after I wake the computer from sleep... and while it's freezing up, I head small disc noises from the HD...

    Does anyone have any idea what this is and how to fix it? I don't really want to have to esrase and reinstall the system unless I have to...
     
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    mad jew

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    How much free hard drive space do you have? If you open up Activity Monitor in the Utilities folder, is there an app or process that's using up a lot of CPU or RAM? Make sure to check All Processes, not just My Processes. :)
     
  6. macrumors G4

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    Run the cron cleanup scripts to see whether it helps.

    Open Go>Utilities>Terminal

    type "sudo periodic daily"
    Type in your password when prompted

    Once completed type "sudo periodic monthly"
    Once completed type "sudo periodic weekly"

    The last one will take a while.

    Once complete, close the Terminal.
     
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    yellow

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    Or..

    sudo periodic daily weekly monthly

    to run all three..
     
  8. macrumors 6502

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    I will second the advice of the previous posters, and raise you a "make sure your processor is set to 'highest' in energy saver settings"

    check the memory usage of the programs you are using, see if you have any loose cannons.
     

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