System slows down and becomes unusable till reboot of notebook

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  1. onryou macrumors newbie

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    Alright, I will TRY to give as much detail as I can. I received my pb (powerbook) on Thursday the 17th of Feb. It's been almost a week now and I have been trying to watch the system to see when my problem occurs.

    The problem itself is this: The notebook sits idle and goes to screensaver and then to sleep. Everyone knows that’s the default settings for pwr mngmnt.
    That itself isn't the issue it is when I move the mouse or end the sleep to use it. It will have the back ground img with a reverse colored square in the middle of the screen. That’s how I know this problem has occurred. And it only seems to happen after it’s been idle a long time. It's VERY VERY slow and the response time is about 15 seconds after I click on anything. The only way I have been able to fix this is hard resetting it. Then it works fine till it’s left alone for awhile. (Doesn’t seem to be overheating is rather cool to touch.)

    Other things I want to note are:
    I have upgraded memory to 768. Did all patches from system update, and also went to the website and got the upgrade to 10.3.8. I have only installed these apps: Adium (newest version), WOW (world of warcraft), Firefox (newest version), and lastly opera (latest version)

    If anyone can help me I'd really appreciate it. Also, If I have missed anything let me know, I will add to the post. If you want you can send me a private message or just simply respond here in the topic.

    Thanks for the help in advance,
    onryou

    BTW, I have tried to search google and apple docs. I might be looking the wrong way, but I haven't been able to find anything on this issue.
     
  2. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    If you added the memory yourself, I'd pull that first and test the system to see if you're still having the trouble. Beyond that, I'd try logging in as a new/different user and see if the problem follows you.
     
  3. onryou thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I thought that might be it, but it's only when it comes back from a sleep mode. And this is after say, 3 hours of being idle.

    onryou
     
  4. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Doesn't matter.. bad RAM is bad RAM.. plus it might be the easiest hoop to jump through right away. Well, trying a different user is the easiest thing to try.. THEN try pulling the RAM.
     
  5. onryou thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Alright, I'm being lazy, BUT I will pull the memory and see if that's the problem.
    I will let post what happens when I can test it. If memory isn't the issue I will log on another account then test that.

    thanks,
    onryou
     
  6. onryou thread starter macrumors newbie

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    System slows down and becomes unusable till reboot of notebook

    Someone posted this for me, thought I would share it.

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    "There is a known issue for powerbooks after coming out of sleep due to the 10.3.8 update. It doesn't happen with all powerbooks, but many. It was on macfixit.com yesterday, and they said the only way to fix it for now is to just reboot."
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    onryou
     
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  8. apple_iBoy macrumors 6502a

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    What sort of peripherals do you have plugged in? My dad had all sorts of problems with some printer he had -- the printer driver had it polling the USB port every so many seconds, and after awhile, it really impacted system performance. Like in your case, the problem went away with each reboot.
     
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  10. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Yes it does, they tend to work as well as any Norton product. ;)
     
  11. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Oooo! Zing! :)
     
  12. onryou thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Heheh, I just have a USB logitech mouse (optical)
    I don't think that's it though. =]

    BTW, It hasn't done it in a day now. But I have been logging out of my user accounts, and then going to sleep mode.

    onryou
     

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