iBook G4 problems

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by russellelly, Jul 13, 2007.

  1. macrumors regular

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    My iBook G4 has been acting strange for the last week or so. Safari and other applications are requiring a force quit fairly frequently and today it rebooted into Darwin (just after installing the iTunes/QT and some security updates) and later it has cut out completely (battery at 95% charge). It wouldn't repond to anything (inc power button), but having left it to cool it is now working again. The hard drive has been quite 'clicky' recently too, and everything seems slower (either that or I'm getting too used to my C2D iMac!) than it used to be.

    The specs are: iBook G4 800MHz, 640MB RAM (upgraded from 256MB), 30GB HDD, only other upgrade was the addition of an Airport Extreme card some time ago.

    Any clues on what might be going wrong?
     
  2. macrumors 6502a

    masse

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    My powerbook was like that until I put a new hard drive in it.
     
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    siurpeeman

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    i actually had the same ibook as you, an 800 mhz g4 model, and the hard drive started to click after one too many falls. the system got slower and became less reliable. i'd look into getting a replacement hard drive or giving up on the system altogether (you got an intel imac).
     
  4. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for both suggestions. Might go in to the local Mac dealer and price some HDD upgrades. That was my gut instinct as the problem. I'd really rather not give up on it, a laptop is very handy for me and I'd certainly like it to last until the 'ultra-portable' Mac becomes a possible replacement. And it's served me very well for a good few years now.
     

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