Dropped my G4 powerbook.. doesn't power up intermittently

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by elkoreano, Jun 1, 2006.

  1. elkoreano macrumors newbie

    Sep 16, 2003
    yeap, i opened my trunk and the thing fell right to the asphalt..

    it powers up and works okay.. but sometimes, with movement of the computer, it'll crash.. and other times, when i'm traveling with it, and try and wake it, it won't.. all i hear is the fan go on for 2 seconds, the hard drive tries to wake, then goes back to sleep..

    does anyone have a clue as to what could be the cause? whenever it happens, i have to open up the computer, kind of shakes things around (don't really know what to do), put it back together, and it works.. but i just can't move this thing anywhere off my desk.. something could be loose but i haven't a clue as to what it could be..

    thanks a lot in advance.
  2. x86 macrumors regular


    May 25, 2006
    Dearborn, MI
    Have you checked to make sure your RAM is still snuggly in place?
  3. elkoreano thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 16, 2003
    yes sir.. it was.. but to make sure, i decided to take it out and put it back it.. crossing my fingers.. also ran disk utility and got this report:

    Verifying volume “MacDrive60”
    Checking HFS Plus volume.
    Checking Extents Overflow file.
    Checking Catalog file.
    Checking multi-linked files.
    Checking Catalog hierarchy.
    Nesting of folders has exceeded the recommended limit of 100
    Checking Extended Attributes file.
    Checking volume bitmap.
    Checking volume information.
    The volume MacDrive60 appears to be OK.
    Mounting Disk

    1 HFS volume checked
    Volume passed verification
    Volume needs repair

    i think its saying it needs repair cuz of the "nesting of folders has exceed the recommended limit of 100".. whatever htat means..
  4. aquajet macrumors 68020

    Feb 12, 2005
    It's possible the drive has suffered physical damage as a result of the drop. You should get a hold of a program that can perform a full surface scan of your hard drive, such as TechTool or Disk Warrior. TechTool Deluxe is included with the Applecare extended warranty, if you've purchased it.
  5. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
  6. aaron.lee2006 macrumors 65816


    Feb 23, 2006
    Ontario, Canada
    yah, I was thinking you might have accidently loosend the power supply cable or the battery.
  7. elkoreano thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 16, 2003
    so after reinstalling the ram, running disk utility for hd problems, still same problem.. i moved it yesterday after it was running fine.. put it to sleep, closed the lid, then went off.. when i tried to open and wake it, the white blinking light by the lid went off and didn't want to start.. this time, the hd didn't even start to spin.. just no action..

    BUT when i got home, plugged it into the power cable, it worked.. so could this be some battery power cable problem? does anyone know where it is located or how to check to see if it's loose or not?

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