PowerBook G4 making weird noises!

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by sethypoo, Apr 14, 2007.

  1. sethypoo macrumors 68000

    Oct 8, 2003
    Sacramento, CA, USA
    My girlfriend's PBG4 (15", 1.33 Ghz) has started acting up, and while I think I know what the problem is, I'd like some confirmation.

    The symptoms:
    After starting the PB up, it runs for about 5 minutes before we get a permanent spinning beach ball. When the beach ball is up, I hear what sounds like (and is coming from) the hard drive. It sounds like it's spinning either way to fast, or as if something is wrong with it. All the open programs freeze, and we do a forced shut down.
    Also, the first time this happened, we had a song playing in iTunes. The song would play a 2 second clip, then stop, then start, and continue to stutter.

    We've tried turning the computer off, unplugging the battery and the power, but it still does this.

    I think it's a hard drive problem, and that we need a new hard drive. Does this sound correct?

    Thank you for your help!
    -Seth and Tara
  2. Reflow macrumors 68000


    Mar 30, 2005

    Sound like a HDD to me. I would start looking in to a backup solution if you don’t already have one..
  3. moragrega, Jan 28, 2008
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2011

    moragrega macrumors newbie

    Jun 13, 2007
    Same problem!!!

    It was the HD that was in SMART error

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