Powerbook G4 Lag

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by archijslv, Feb 2, 2009.

  1. archijslv macrumors newbie

    Apr 2, 2006
    Hello! I have a "small" problem with a powerbook G4. So the story goes like that - i got a powerbook G4 with a smashed LCD. I hooked it up to an external monitor, and 1 thing keeps bothering me - it lags like hell. I have had an iBook g3, now using macbook aluminum, and I have never seen anything like this on a mac before.

    It lags like hell - it turns on in about 20 minutes. Sometimes it even doesnt. I have tried resetting Pram, Vram, premissions repair, looking @ activity monitor(nothing exceeding 2-3%).

    HDD capacity - about 55% full.

    I cant even describe whats up with it - launching any app takes about 2-3 minutes. For instance, iTunes launching takes 3,5 minutes, and none of the songs are playable.

    I have tried to create a new account - did not help.

    So lets start with system preferences. I have :
    1,5ghz PowerPC processor
    256mb Ram
    Tiger 10.4.11
    HDD 80gb Fujitsu MHT2080AT

    So at first I though it was the lack of RAM - I bought a 1Gb stick. Didnt help.

    So now Im thinking it is because of the HDD. But im not ready to buy another component randomly.

    So, has anyone got an idea whats happening, maybe heard something before?

  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus


    Mar 7, 2007
    Run the hardware test ... hold D on boot with the instal disc in the drive.
  3. archijslv thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 2, 2006
    I dont have it :( I could maybe get a retail tiger in a couple of days though, but anyway - could I see something because of the smashed LCD? It doesnt show anything during booting on the external monitor, only OS X.
  4. lord patton macrumors 65816

    lord patton

    Jun 6, 2005
    With that much free space on the HD you could Archive and Install.
  5. archijslv thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 2, 2006
    Ok, Ill try that and post the results!

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