Powerbook Generally dying? (Overall Reliability gone)

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by lieb39, May 18, 2006.

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    lieb39

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    #1
    Hello everyone,

    I have a Powerbook G4, the last revision of the Powerbook before the Macbook Pro came out (Higher res screen, dual-layer burner, DDR2 Ram, etc.)

    I've had it for about half a year now, haven't formatted it or anything from day one. Now I'm having a few issues with this thing. Appears that the general reliability of the machine is going down, not sure what to do. I haven't done any hardware changes from day one really (Installed 3rd Party RAM from crucial.com, about 4 days after initial purchase) My problems are listed below:

    Overall Unstable (Application freezes often)
    Complete System freezes (Especially in the morning after just sitting there all night, doing nothing)
    Hard disk is fairly loud
    Spotlight can take up to 1 minute BEFORE returning results, but it's showing that it's searching
    Can not start-up OS X 10.3 installation (I can't boot setup from my DVDs that came with my Powerbook.. it just freezes.)
    Passes all hardware test from the included DVD (Extended Test)
    Passes Hard drive test from Disk Utility (And ran Permissions)

    In Attempts to fix my issues, I've tried the following:

    Repair Permissions
    Checked the Disk (Pass)
    Removed my 3rd Party RAM module, left the default 512 in, issues persisted. Swapped, and ran my 3rd Party 1GB exclusively, issues still persisted.
    Tried to re-install OS X (Couldn't boot Setup)

    I have no idea what the issue is really. I'm going to take it for service after my exams if issues continue (and most likely will) as I have Applecare still.

    Anyone have any ideas?

    Thanks,

    lieb39
     
  2. macrumors G4

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    #2
    Resetting the PRAM could be worth a try if you haven't done so already

    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=14449

    Another thing you could try is to re-install the Combo Updater for OSX.

    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=303410

    Hope this helps.
     
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    lieb39

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    Good call on the combo updater. I'll do that tonight, when I have a chance. I already tried the PRAM.

    Thanks :)

    -lieb39
     
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    ChrisFromCanada

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    #4
    I have heard the hardware tests are not always accurate, have you tried booting off an external hard drive?
     
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    Regarding ...

    ... those temporary freezes it really could be a harddisc related problem.

    If you have the chance to do a fresh install of OSX, start from the installer disc, choose the disc utility and format your harddrive with the "zero overwrite" option. What could have happened is that your drive has some bad sectors where OSX blatantly put some files onto. Defect sectors are not discovered through writing onto them, but reading the specific harmed sectors. In that case OSX will start to have serious malfunctions/slow downs as you experience them.

    The "zero overwrite" option for formatting does take quite some time (around 2 hours), but what happens is, that each sector is formatted and immediately read check is done to garantee that it is not damaged.

    It´s not uncommon thate even factory fresh harddrive might experience bad sectors - the dead pixels of harddrives, so to speak - so at any occation you want to do a fresh install on any computer, choose the "zero overwrite" option. Because then, if disc utility find a bad sector, it maps them for future reference in the harddrives database, so that the system won´t write any files onto them. They are kind of nihilated from usage.

    Try it.
     
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    MACDRIVE

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    giffut,

    I've used the 'Erase' function of the #1 Install disk utility to remove an older OS version but, I have never seen the zero overwrite option that you speek of. Can you be more specific?:)
     
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    lieb39

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    As I said before, the Installation can't even start.

    Here is the biggest issue, that I thought was related to a application (Shakespeer, a DC++ Client) but it when the application wasn't open.

    When I leave my computer on for a while the entire system goes into the weirdest state. Basically, all applications that are open such as iTunes and whatnot, I can use without issues. The entire system freezes than when I try to either open a new application or attempt to click the Apple logo on the menu bar. The mouse can be moved, but no other input (clicks, typing) work, and I am forced to do a hard- reset.

    Anyone have any idea? This is the weirdest thing...

    -lieb39
     
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    lieb39

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    Well, I got this from the console.log file finally right before it does the weird crash thing.. any ideas?

    -lieb39
     

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