G5 1.6 starting to crash multiple applications

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by mr1970, Nov 19, 2009.

  1. mr1970 macrumors member

    Feb 15, 2008
    Hi there

    I bought my son a secondhand G5 1.6 recently, and it's worked perfectly well for about 2 months (running Tiger, incidentally). Recently, however, all the standard apps he uses (Safari, iTunes, Word, GarageBand etc) have started to unexpectedly crash - spinning beach ball followed by either eventually closing down or having to Force Quit.

    There's plenty of space on the hard drive, and I've checked / repaired permissions, but I'm wondering if there's something else going on here before I reach for the rebuild disk - could this be the PRAM battery on its last legs?

    Any thoughts welcome - I could just rebuild the disk but it's most of a day to do it including backup / restore so I'd rather not if that might not be the problem.

    Many thanks in advance for any help.

  2. zmttoxics macrumors 65816


    May 20, 2008
    This is more likely to be a ram / disk problem then anything else. I recommend tracking down a copy of techtool and memtest86 for mac so you can properly diagnose the machine.

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