Please help with ibook G4

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Dawg88, May 18, 2007.

  1. Dawg88 macrumors newbie

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    Recently I loaned my ibook to a friend and when I got it back the battery was completely drained. When I plugged it in and started it up, a message appeared saying that the date was set to 1969 and it would cause some programs to mess up. I became concerned because I know my friend likes to tinker and although I trust him, I cant rule out the possibility. I attempted to look at the hardware profile for my computer to see if he changed anything and it came up blank. Can someone please tell me how to check this and make sure he didnt take anything out or switch anything with his computer?
     
  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    I don't think you can check for that now... however, the cause of the date resetting to 1969 is a dead or missing PRAM battery. These things do sometimes die on older Macs, and they're quite cheap to replace - usually, one costs around US$5-10.
     
  3. Dawg88 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have read about this PRAM memory, and I have read that in ibooks it is actually the main battery that controls this, so if the main battery was drained the date would reset? Also, I used to be able to look at my hardware specs untill yesterday and now everything is blank...
     
  4. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    Hmm... dunno why that would be the case, but I'd wait until your battery recharges, restart your Mac one more time, and see if it returns to normal.
     
  5. TommyLee macrumors regular

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    I'd like to know the answer to that too.
     
  6. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Sometimes people are lazy and didn't charge it. -> loss of poer for prolong period of time -> reset of clock.

    I would:
    Set the clock to correct date.
    Repair Permissions.
    Verifiy Disk.
     

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