About to toss My 12" powerbook out the window!

dan-o-mac

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Someone please help me before I toss this thing! It's been freezing for no reason lately. Everytime I try to tranfer a file from my ipod or firewire drive I get a beachball that doesn't stop. I just tried to close a window and got a beachball. The drive has been making weird noises(popping/clicking/grinding) lately could that be the problem? I just did a clean install and still having problems.
 

dmw007

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eva01 said:
If that doesn't work it is time to use your applecare and get a new HD in that baby

Or, you can give me your PowerBook- I will be glad to take it off of your hands, rather than just let you toss it out the window. ;) :D
 

dan-o-mac

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Well I just turned on my book and heard a long grinding sound followed by a beachball? dmw007 I just might take you up on that offer, this thing is stressing me out!!!:eek: :D
 

dmw007

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dan-o-mac said:
Well I just turned on my book and heard a long grinding sound followed by a beachball? dmw007 I just might take you up on that offer, this thing is stressing me out!!!:eek: :D

Always glad to be of service my friend! ;) :D
 
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Sorry to say it, dan-o-mac, but that's definitely a dying hard drive. Same thing happened to me. It sucked.
 

dan-o-mac

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Lau said:
Sorry to say it, dan-o-mac, but that's definitely a dying hard drive. Same thing happened to me. It sucked.
Oh well, it could be worse. So where's the best place to get a new drive? Is it an easy install or should I go to a pro?
 

xparaparafreakx

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Toss the laptop to me, I need another laptop for college.

I seen this problem before. If you can, get a firewire hard drive and see if it does the same thing or get someone {mac} laptop, boot into firewire target disk drive and boot from their hard drive.
 

dmw007

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Maxiseller said:
Out of interest, can the OP use any SATA 2.5 inch drive, or is OSX a little fussy which drives it uses?
Since it is a PowerBook G4, it needs to use a ATA not a SATA HDD.
Apple only started using SATA HDDs in their laptops when they released the MacBook Pro.
 

Maxiseller

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dmw007 said:
Since it is a PowerBook G4, it needs to use a ATA not a SATA HDD.
Apple only started using SATA HDDs in their laptops when they released the MacBook Pro.
A right...so can he use any brand and any make? I remember when I upgraded my emac's CD Burner, i could only use a specific model from OWC...I just wondered if Hard Drives were the same, or if they are entirely free from the "mac specialist" situation?
 

Sun Baked

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Re: About to toss My 12" powerbook out the window!

May I suggest filming this destruction, or letting David Letterman toss it off the roof for you.

The drive is dead/dying you might as well throw it all away.
 

dan-o-mac

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First of all thanks for all your help. You guys rock!

MacBoyX- I purchased the powerbook used, I'm not sure if I have applecare. How do I go about checking?

dmw007- Thanks for the links. I'm going to purchase this Samsung 120GB Drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822152032

xparaparafreakx- You say you've seen this problem before, is it indeed a drive problem? I do have a firewire drive but have a bunch of files and no way of backing them up. Can I install os x without deleting these files? My girlfriend has an iBook, but i'm not sure how to boot into firewire target disk drive and boot from her hard drive.
 

dmw007

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dan-o-mac said:
dmw007- Thanks for the links. I'm going to purchase this Samsung 120GB Drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822152032

No problem, and that looks like a good HDD, although I would personally buy a 7,200 rpm one for the added performance. I am pretty sure that you can use any style/make of HDD- I don't think you must buy one that is "Apple Certified". But I could be wrong.....
 

dan-o-mac

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dmw007 said:
No problem, and that looks like a good HDD, although I would personally buy a 7,200 rpm one for the added performance. I am pretty sure that you can use any style/make of HDD- I don't think you must buy one that is "Apple Certified". But I could be wrong.....
Yeah I'm still on the fence as far as a faster drive. I might do a 7,200 rpm 100GB
 

dan-o-mac

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MoparShaha said:
I don't think you can get a 7200 RPM 120 GB drive. I just purchased a 160 GB drive from Newegg for my 12" PB. I installed it last night without a hitch. Follow the instructions at http://www.pbfixit.com. Easy! :)
Yeah I noticed that, check the post above yours.:D Thanks for the fixit link, I can't wait to get to work!