Powerbook G4 15" keeps freezing

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by stephanne, May 12, 2008.

  1. macrumors newbie

    May 12, 2008
    Starting today my Powerbook kept on freezing and 3 times words came up on the screen basically saying system failure. It never came up again now, only problem I have is it keeps freezing like after a few minutes I've turned it on.

    I saw another thread that it might mean my hard drive is fried?? How do I confirm this? Also I don't know how to back up my "life" from the Powerbook. Should I go to the Apple store and have them look at this or is it not worth my time?
  2. macrumors 65816


    Dec 2, 2006
    kidnapped by aliens
    could be trouble with ram. Remove/reseat the ram module(s) to see what happens.
  3. macrumors 68000


    May 3, 2007
    In front of my MacBook Pro
    Most likely that was a kernel panic, and generally you've got a little bit of a problem if it happens more than once. A kernel panic generally indicates a problem with the hardware (most recently, my PB got a lot of kernel panics, then wouldn't recognize 1 Gb of its RAM, resetting the PSU fixed that, but then my hard drive crashed, bad lucky, eh?). I'd say you should go buy an external hard drive and back up your system before anything bad happens, then just continue to use it, making frequent backups.
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 12, 2008
    i reset my RAM and now it won't even turn on anymore.
  5. macrumors 603

    Sep 4, 2006
  6. thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 12, 2008
    nevermind...it started up again, and hasn't froze yet. i'm really hoping that it won't! haha

    i guess resetting the RAM was it for me.
  7. macrumors 603


    May 26, 2004
    South Mississippi y'all, near the water!
    My Powerbook wouldn't wake two straight mornings, and was very hot. I reset PMU, then PRAM, then repaired permissions. It's been fine since.

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