PowerBook gets beachball often and I can't zap pram

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Riot_Mac, Jan 16, 2006.

  1. Riot_Mac macrumors regular

    Nov 3, 2003
    I am running 10.4.4 on a PB 1.67ghz 512MB RAM (last revision)

    I get the beachball of death once in a while when doing very simple tasks like opening a new tab in safari or starting a new ichat. The ball lasts for a while. Also once and a while when launch an app it bounces in the dock for a minute. I can force quit and launch again it will open right away.

    I also cannot zap the PRAM or reset open firmware. When I boot holding command shift p and r the computer boots into safe boot mode??? Do you think that is a sign there is something wrong with my PB?

    I have repaired permissions and also ran the apple hardware test. Nothing came up bad when i ran the test.
    Any suggestions?? Thanks!
  2. Sogo macrumors 6502

    Jan 4, 2004
    its apple+optoin (alt button)+p+r not command shift+p+r....
  3. bigboy99 macrumors 6502

    Nov 12, 2005
    Sarasota, FL
    I sometimes get the wheel for a few seconds when opening a file in Excel. After the first file is opened it doesn't happen on other files.

    What does zapping the PRAM/resetting open firmware do?

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