Old Pismo is slowing down

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by amholl, May 22, 2005.

  1. amholl macrumors 6502

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    My old pismo(14.1TFT, 500MHz G3, 256MB, 12GB, 9.2.2) Is slowing down. It is freezing periodically and then coming back to life like 15 seconds later. I know u guys are gonna tell me to upgrade it to X, but I dont use it to much and the only reason im using it now is b/c I had to send my iBook battery in, and I have to use it on my couch. An example of what is wrong is that when im in word and typing, it stops showing what I type in and then when it comes back to life, the words that i typed while it was frozen come in. Also, when it is waking up from sleep the icons take about a minute in total to show up, rather than the 10 seconds it used to take. Is it gonna die or is there something I can do? I dont have any money to spend so it need to be a DIY job, THX!
     
  2. ITASOR macrumors 601

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    You can use the iBook without the battery can't you? I think something might be wrong with the Pismo, because that should handle 9.2.2 fine. Try reformatting the HD and reinstalling the OS, that's your best bet right now unless there are other little things to try first.

    Hope that helps & good luck!
     
  3. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    I'm guessing it's a hardware related failure but if not, I always find old Macs can be pretty well sped up by simply completely reinstalling the OS from scratch. That's only if you can be bothered though...
     
  4. zap2 macrumors 604

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    there was a site that upgraded a pismo to a G4 for like 299, but i can not remember the name ( i'll look)
     
  5. amholl thread starter macrumors 6502

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    will a PBG4 9.2.2 CD work? I dont think I have the CDs that came w/ the comp.
     
  6. sacear macrumors 6502

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    I think you might be refering to FastMac.com. I have one of their Pismo G4 upgrades and it works great. Daystar also makes a Pismo G4 upgrade. Hope that helps.
     
  7. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    How much free HD space do you have?

    Often when you have very little HD space left, less than 2 GB (or even less than 5 GB running OS X), the machine starts having problems placing the virtual memory on the HD and everything runs very slowly...

    Also OS X runs like a dream on the Pismo, but you should upgrade the RAM to 512 MB (or at least 384 MB) if you plan to upgrade. It would make a real good little backup machine... ;)
     
  8. amholl thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I have nnnnnoooooooooo cash @ all, anything hw or sw wise i could tweak myself? I can dig up some old 9.2 disks, but i need u guys to tell me what to do, b/c i have never reinstalled anything. BTW, it has like 9of 12 gigs free. I dont do much w/ it, but my bro may use it for middle skule next year.
     

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