PB goes to sleep in the middle of my work! :(

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by mainstreetmark, Dec 5, 2005.

  1. mainstreetmark macrumors 68020

    mainstreetmark

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    A new, and serious, problem has developed with my trusty 1.33GHz PowerBook. It won't stay awake. Given my recent troubles with all my other hardware, I'm hoping the powerbook survives.

    Anyways, I came home, took it out of my bag and opened it up, and it wouldn't wake up. No big deal. It's done that before. They all have. I held the power button down for a while so it would reboot. It did. 5 minutes after reboot, in the middle of me doing stuff, it went to sleep again, and wouldn't wake up. Rinse, repeat about 5 times.

    I put in the Tiger DVD and tried to boot from it by using System Preferences (took me 3 more times to keep the computer awake long enough to set that)(and i can never remember which keys to hold down during boot). Performed a Repair Permissions and a Verify Disk with no bad news to report.

    Well, it slept itself again, so I closed the lid and went to sleep, trying not to think about it.

    This morning, it ran for, perhaps, an hour, and then slept. Then, another 20 minutes. Then, when I rebooted, the screen was filled with lots of small blocks until I shut it off.

    Then I rebooted and came straight to this forum.

    Ideas?
     
  2. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    pull the battery, connect to power supply. Still doing it, or is it compeltely cutting out on you?

    Also, you need to do a PMU (Power Management Unit) reset. You can find out how at Apple's Support site.
     
  3. dubbz macrumors 68020

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  4. aquajet macrumors 68020

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    How to reset PMU on 1.33Ghz Al Powerbooks

    From Apple support site:

     
  5. mainstreetmark thread starter macrumors 68020

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    OK - I reset the PMU (verified by it being 1969 when I booted up) and the battery is out.

    Let's see what happens now...

    (HOPEFULLY, this will fix it.)
     
  6. mainstreetmark thread starter macrumors 68020

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    It's been up for 6 hours and 8 minutes, tho I confess to not "using" it during this time as I was working out in the physical world today.

    I am gonna hope that the PMU reset did the trick, because I really couldn't take the PowerBook being dead, as it is my soul source of entertainment (music, DVD's, other stuff)

    PS: The battery is still out.
    PPS: I also cleaned the screen, which probably helped. :)
     
  7. Dreadnought macrumors 68020

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    I had that a couple of weeks ago with my iBook. It was the Ram. I removed it when it totally died on me and now she is working again (slow, but working).
     
  8. mainstreetmark thread starter macrumors 68020

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    well, I haven't had any problems since that post, so I'm feeling pretty good right now...
     

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