I think Microsoft made my iBook

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by JohnnyCanuck, May 5, 2004.

  1. JohnnyCanuck macrumors newbie

    Oct 26, 2003
    My Mac has been crashing several times daily. Programs will randomly crash a minimum of 10 times a day. Sometimes everything just freezes without any indication as to what's happening, but more often than not, I get the following message:

    "You need to restart your computer. Hold down the Power button for several seconds or press the Restart Button"

    You can see what the screen looks like at the following site:


    I've restarted several times. I've reinstalled Panther several times. Nothing works.

    I've been a big Mac preacher for a long while, but this makes me want to think twice before saying, "OS X is more stable than Windows"

    I'm running Panther (a legitimate copy I purchased) on an iBook G3 500MHZ.

    I have not experienced any crashes on my G3 400 Indigo iMac.

    Anybody else have a similar problem or know what the F@#* is going on?
  2. neoelectronaut macrumors 68030


    Dec 3, 2003
    Southeastern Louisiana
    Have you put any ram in recently or is there any non-apple installed ram in the computer?
  3. Macmaniac macrumors 68040


    I'm sorry to say but that five language error is very common to computers with logic boards that are on the way out. I'm not completly sure, but your iBook may be among the iBooks which are effected by the bad logic boards that Apple put out. They currently have a program to replace these bad logic boards, and yours could be covered by the program. Take your computer a repair shop and have them look at it to see if its the logic board. Here are the effected laptops.
    For which computers is the Updated iBook Logic Board Repair Extension Program available?
    The program is available for iBooks with serial numbers in the following range(s):
    iBooks with the serial numbers listed above may be referred to as:
    iBook (16 VRAM)
    iBook (14.1 LCD 16 VRAM)
    iBook (Opaque 16 VRAM)
    iBook (32 VRAM)
    iBook (14.1 LCD 32 VRAM)
    iBook (800MHz 32 VRAM)
    iBook (900MHz 32 VRAM)
    iBook (14.1 LCD 900MHz 32 VRAM)
  4. DavPeanut macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2002
    the same thing happened to me (though less often) a little while ago, usually when i woke it up from sleep

    then the display went, which meant it was a logic board death

    It went off to apple for 4 buisness days, and when i got it back i was running at 700mhz instead of 600mhz

    wait till the thing actually dies though. by then, they may have to stick you with an 800mhz board :-D
  5. JohnnyCanuck thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 26, 2003
    thanks guys. the only ram in their is the additional ram i've installed, but that was when i first bought the computer 3 years ago or so. though only thing i've installed since is an airport card. it looks like i'm not covered by the logic board replacement program.
  6. Darwin macrumors 65816


    Jun 2, 2003
    round the corner
    A Family member has had the same kind of problems with his PowerBook, it kept crashing all the time with the Kenal Panics, I thought it was a gonner

    It turn out that he needed to reset his PRAM 5 times and then it worked again, no problems, had to call up Apple for that, something so simple :D

    Yes this is an iBook you have but it is worth a try, my iBook has had this logic board failure but apart from that the computer worked well

    And since you have re-installed OS X and it didn't do anything I'm sure this is hardware related

    The PRAM thing is worth a try :(

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