My Constantly Screwep Up Powerbook

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by solidshane, Sep 30, 2005.

  1. solidshane macrumors newbie

    Apr 17, 2005
    Hey guy,

    I had my powerbook in for repairs recently for some bizarre crashes. Apple replaced the logic board, hard drive, and screen under warrenty. I got it back and everything seemed fine. All of a sudden now though, the hard drive will go crazy when I do even the simplest things. Opening and quitting programs takes forever. Changing tabs in Safari lags and sometimes brings up a beach ball. I thought maybe it was all in my head, but I opened up World Of Warcraft and it is now unplayable, as it starts chugging every few seconds, while the hard drive growls at me. I tried clearing the cache folders, repairing the disk and permissions, and something akin to rebuilding the desktop in OS 9 that I read about on another mac site. I hope I don't have one of those notoriously bum macs that will fight to the death not not work correctly... Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  2. igucl macrumors 6502a

    Oct 11, 2003
    I'm no expert, but if I were you I would download OnyX from (make sure you get the right version for Panther or Tiger) and run all of its cleaning and maintenance commands.

    It may be worth a try?
  3. wongulous macrumors 6502a

    Dec 7, 2002
    Well, it sounds like Apple has fixed some hardware defects... but the problems you're having now don't quite sound like hardware issues anymore. More software. Have you tried backing up your files, initializing (erasing) the HD, and reinstalling OS X (and all updates)?

    The previous poster's suggestion of doing schedule maintenance/cleanup with any variety of OS X tools (onyx, cocktail, there's other free ones I forget) is also a great idea after any physical maintenance or hardware changes are done. Do that first, but also try wiping and reinstalling--just to completely rule out software as the cause. (And if it persists, Apple really needs their rear end CHEWED: you should INSIST on getting a new PowerBook, and they will give it to you after that many repairs. Apple has high standards of quality.)
  4. yoda13 macrumors 65816


    Sep 26, 2003
    I have some issues of similar behaviour lately, and mine hasn't been to the shop. I am glad to hear that you guys think that it is probably software related. A restart always fixes it for me anyway. The only reason I was concerned was that my PowerMac has the same software on it, and it never does it... Oh well... :eek:
  5. solidshane thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 17, 2005
    When I got my powerbook back from apple, there was a .dmg on the hard drive of my original data. It had errors in it, so I was forced to pick and choose the files I wanted and do a clean install, and move them back over. So technically I have done a reinstall since I got it. At the moment I have nothing to backup to, so doing another reinstall is not really an option right now. Am I justified in asking for a replacement computer? I dread the idea of sending my computer in for repairs again in as little as a month... I'm at a loss.


    onyx seemed to make a bit of difference in overall computing smoothness, but warcraft still exhibits the problems immensly, even after making it a private folder in spotlight.
  6. WillMak macrumors 6502a

    Jul 29, 2005
  7. Invizzible macrumors regular

    Feb 9, 2003
    My friend's ibook slowed down quite a bit, and when he opened the cpu meter he saw that it was running like crazy even when he wasn't doing anything. It turned out to be some print jobs that were in the que, that his girlfriend had tried to do. For whatever reason she wasn't able to make them print so they just stayed there soaking up cpu resources. Once he deleted those print jobs, the ibook went back to normal.
  8. solidshane thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 17, 2005
    well, I am a fool at this point.

    I did an archive and install of tiger, then a complete clean install of tiger and it wasn't fixed. In the back of my mind I kept hearing, "it looks like things arent loading into the ram fast enough..." but i ignored it.

    I decided to install panther to see if that would help, and went to about this mac. 256 megs or ram show up, I have 768.... I have no idea what to do...
  9. solidshane thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 17, 2005
    In case this was keeping any of you up at night, my lower ram slot is faulty. Apple store here I come...
  10. yenko macrumors 6502a

    Aug 29, 2005
    Did your problems start after installing WoW. :eek:
  11. solidshane thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 17, 2005

    Nope, it used to run great, but i figured out the problem. Hopefully I dont have to pay to fix it...

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