Recent Powerbook troubles...

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by Whigga Spitta, Feb 7, 2005.

  1. Whigga Spitta macrumors 6502

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    As of late (past week or so) my Powerbook has been acting more and more like a Windows machine. I am noticing terrible lags for mundane tasks (often a 2+ second delay when highlighting a bookmark in Safari) and startup times for "pro" applications (FCP, Photshop, Dreamweaver) are ridiculous. It's a 1.5 Ghz with 1 gig of RAM running 10.3.7.

    I've verified preferences, repaired permissions (numerous times), deleted cache files, log files, checked S.M.A.R.T. status, and run Onyx. Nothing seems to be helping. The fan is running almost 24/7 now and I'm starting to get worried.

    I'm planning on defragging, but are there any other suggestions/remedies?
     
  2. Peterkro macrumors 68020

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    That Bookmark delay happens to me including when running on OS on external drive I asummed its a bug in Safari.
     
  3. KingSleaze macrumors 6502

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    Did you reset PRAM? command-option-P-R on startup until after the chime.
     
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  5. Whigga Spitta thread starter macrumors 6502

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    resetting PRAM didn't work, nor did rebooting

    i saw a few similar problems on Apple Discussion, may coincide with latest update..? Symptoms that were described were longer-than-normal beach balls and slow response to typing...

    looking at activity monitors, only thing that seems strange is that finder is always using ~70% of CPU, but that may be normal.

    this is especially frustrating b/c i'm not at home, thus i can't easily take it to a genius
     
  6. PigDog macrumors member

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    I had a similar problem, I trashed the Finder plist and the fan stoped and all was back to normal and yes it happended after the last update.

    PowerBook 17 1.5
     
  7. Whigga Spitta thread starter macrumors 6502

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    i trashed preferences file, restarted, thought everything was a-ok...

    then i started up Safari to type this reply, the fan turned on...

    great.
     
  8. vsp macrumors regular

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    The finder shouldn't be at 70%. Mines been doing that recently also, not sure what causes it yet. Doing a force quit on the finder seems to solve my problems for a few days.

    If anyone has any ideas why the finder would hog CPU usage like that please let me know.
     
  9. Whigga Spitta thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Force-quitting (relaunch..?) doesn't work for me either.

    I don't have my restore CD's either so it looks like i may have to wait for the weekend.

    EDIT: 'search' button never fails...I created another user and was able to pinpoint the problem to me. As someone suggested in another topic, one of the files on my desktop must have been corrupted (or its icon). A couple double-check procedures led me to a happy finder.
     
  10. insanelygreat macrumors newbie

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    I've been getting a lot of calls lately from Powerbook owners experiencing various and sundry issues after running software update, so I'm thinking we should/might be getting a patch cleverly concealed as a security update. :D

    - Insanely Great
     
  11. vsp macrumors regular

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    Congrats. Would you mind posting in more detail what you did?
     

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