Okay, what was that?

shakespeare

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A very bizarre thing happened to my PowerBook G4 last night....

It froze up on me, which it hardly ever does, so that I had to do a force-restart. When it restarted, it made its little startup beep, and then wouldn't start up; all I got was a grey screen for a really long time. I restarted from the AppleCare Diagnostics CD and tried to run TechTool to see if anything was wrong with my hard drives, but the damn thing didn't realize the hard drives were even there! It was as if the only disc attached to the computer was the AppleCare CD. AppleCare's tech support line was closed, so I went to bed, figuring I'd figure it out in the morning.

When I got up, my computer was restarted into OS X and operating entirely normally!

What the hell was that? Or maybe I should count my blessings and ask not from whence they come....

The Muse of Apple was smiling upon me....
 

Ensign Paris

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This happened to my Powerbook once, in the middle of the night, but I was too tired to see what was actually was going wrong, next morning I booted it up and it came straight into Mac OS X.1 no problems!

It must be summut to do with the night!

Ensign
 

macktheknife

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It's happened to me twice!

Yeah, my PowerBook froze on me twice when I was playing some music and doing some writing on Word. I would then force restart it, and when it was turned on again, it had this gray screen with no indication of activity. I would leave it alone for awhile, and--viola!--everything was in perfect working condition! It's been about two months since the incidents, and nothing has happened since. Strange . . . :confused:
 

mischief

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Alpha doesn't believe me but:

It really doesn't like having two bootable systems on the same volume. Back everything up and partition a small (1-3Gb) volume for OS9 and your utilities.

Don't forget to back up as re-formatting will kill all your data.:eek:
 

Choppaface

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yep....I've had problems before having OS9 and OSX on the same volume...usually after resetting the pram
 

shakespeare

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I started this thread.

No, in fact, I had already partitioned my hard drive into two volumes, one for OS X 10.1.4 and another for 9.2.2.

Just a freak thing, I guess!
 

Beej

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Back your system up, now. I have had a similar thing happen to me a few times. Once or twice I've lost everything on my disk a day later. :(

One thing to note is that PowerBooks will simply not start up if they are too cold. (Same deal for desktops, but it is less common). I've been freaked out by that more than a couple of times, until I read the operating temperatures on the Apple site.
 

sparkleytone

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it sounds like you may have a loose connection from the IDE cable to your hard drive. something like that would cause your problem in a heart beat. sometimes things don't get screwed/pushed/slammed/etc in all the way or become loose in shipping. if you are near an Apple Store have them check it out at the Genius Bar.
 

Ensign Paris

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Originally posted by Beej
Back your system up, now. I have had a similar thing happen to me a few times. Once or twice I've lost everything on my disk a day later. :(

One thing to note is that PowerBooks will simply not start up if they are too cold. (Same deal for desktops, but it is less common). I've been freaked out by that more than a couple of times, until I read the operating temperatures on the Apple site.
Doesn't everyone keep an active backup? My computers are backuped every other night. I might start a thread about this.

Ensign
 

shakespeare

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Originally posted by Ensign Paris
Doesn't everyone keep an active backup? My computers are backuped every other night. I might start a thread about this.
Please do start a thread about it. I back things up occasionally by burning CD's, but I'd love to know if there are better ways.

Thanks, Sparkleytone, I think I will take it to the store in Peabody. One of the rubber feet came off and the two little rubber cushions for when the monitor is closed are disintegrating; do you think they'd fix that, too?
 
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