powerbook g4 crashing

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by ducksrfr, Dec 13, 2006.

  1. macrumors member

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    i'm having some old school os 8/9 crashes -- everything just freezes up. no kernal panic screen, i can't move the mouse, the keyboard doesn't even respond so i can't apple-ctrl-pwr to reboot, i have to hold down the power button to shut it off.

    this is the second time it has happened in the past 2 weeks. any ideas?
     
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    mad jew

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    What recent changes have you made to your system? Do you have plenty of free space available? What sort of third party hardware (including RAM) do you have? :)
     
  3. thread starter macrumors member

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    i have 70 of 80 GBs of hard disk space free. i added 512 MB of owc RAM in early october, but haven't had any odd symptoms until last thursday.
     
  4. macrumors regular

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    Try removing that new RAM and see if it goes away. You might have ended up with a bad stick.
     
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    mad jew

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    Yeah, I agree. Even though RAM can act normally when first purchased, a bad stick can sometimes take a while to actually start playing up. The only real way to test it is to run the machine with the stick removed for a while to see if problems persist. The software-based RAM tests are useless.
     
  6. thread starter macrumors member

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    ok, i removed the stick of RAM and sent OWC an e-mail. i'll see where it goes from here.

    thanks guys.
     
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    Swarmlord

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    It can act fine when it's cold and then act up after it's warmed up too.
     

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