Powerbook Smelling

macbaseball

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Is anything wrong if my Powerbook smells like burning rubber. I know it's not good, but will there be any lasting affects.

Here's what I've been doing. I tried hooking it up to my 42 inch Plasma and now it smells and is warm/hot. I'm also compressing video with MPEG Streamclip, but that just started.

I'm sure this is nothing, but how would I know if it's not, before it's too late.
 

puckhead193

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I think u should take it with you in the shower, and make sure u use soap and water and scrub... (i'm kidding)

That's od, maybe you over worked it. Did it smell when it was hooked up to your plasma?
 

macbaseball

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puckhead193 said:
I think u should take it with you in the shower, and make sure u use soap and water and scrub... (i'm kidding)

That's od, maybe you over worked it. Did it smell when it was hooked up to your plasma?
Lol. It worked terribly with the plasma, so I unplugged it from the plasma and that when I noticed the smell.
 

macbaseball

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Could someone please help. Well here's what happened. I've been using my Powerbook on another desk and today I brought it back to my normal desk. I plugged it into my Soundsticks and the sound was terrible; at certain points in songs it was jumbled and there was a popping sound in the background. I thought my speakers are blown out, not even thinking about my Powerbook. Jsut for kicks I took my sister iMac and hooked up the speakers, and the same songs were perfect. So I'm assuming something got screwed up (Like the sound card) and I'm taking it to get checked out at the local store. I'm guessing they're going to check it out, and then they will fix the sound problem. My question is: What else can I ask to have them look at? I don't want them to fix it, and then something else be screwed up.
 

slooksterPSV

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Apr 17, 2004
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Do you have the Apple System Check CD? If so pop that in and see what it brings up, if all else fails, zap your PRAM. Check volume settings. And check Output on the Sound Preferences Pane.
 

macbaseball

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slooksterPSV said:
Do you have the Apple System Check CD? If so pop that in and see what it brings up, if all else fails, zap your PRAM. Check volume settings.
I might. I don't remember seeing one, but I'll look through the box.

slooksterPSV said:
And check Output on the Sound Preferences Pane.
Already did.
 

Sun Baked

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macbaseball said:
Is anything wrong if my Powerbook smells like burning rubber. I know it's not good, but will there be any lasting affects.

Here's what I've been doing. I tried hooking it up to my 42 inch Plasma and now it smells and is warm/hot. I'm also compressing video with MPEG Streamclip, but that just started.

I'm sure this is nothing, but how would I know if it's not, before it's too late.
At least you know the definition of safe sex... sounds like you are using protection while surfing porn.

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The video chip is likely overheating, and the overheating will probably reduce the graphics chips life.

If it was happening with the Plasma, it likely may not have been configured properly. Or there is a problem with the graphics chip that shows up when a 2nd screen is connected.

It's not unusual for a marginal graphics chip (or VRAM) to have problems when you use two screens and/or play games that hammer the chip.

Though these things usually crop up and give you red, green or blue static on the screen.
 

macbaseball

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Sun Baked said:
At least you know the definition of safe sex... sounds like you are using protection while surfing porn.

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The video chip is likely overheating, and the overheating will probably reduce the graphics chips life.

If it was happening with the Plasma, it likely may not have been configured properly. Or there is a problem with the graphics chip that shows up when a 2nd screen is connected.

It's not unusual for a marginal graphics chip (or VRAM) to have problems when you use two screens and/or play games that hammer the chip.

Though these things usually crop up and give you red, green or blue static on the screen.
64 MB isn't really marginal, it's just not great. Or maybe I'm missing something. I guess the graphics chip is alright if I'm not seeing that kind of stuff on my screen.
 

Sun Baked

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macbaseball said:
64 MB isn't really marginal, it's just not great. Or maybe I'm missing something. I guess the graphics chip is alright if I'm not seeing that kind of stuff on my screen.
Yes you are missing something...

Marginal quality, it passed the test, but fails when stressed.

Something overheated when stressed... if that ain't a marginal part in your eyes -- you are definitely satisfied with MS quality control also.
 

macbaseball

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It's a marginal part to me now, but it doesn't seem to be a common problem in Powerbooks. It's not like everyone who bought a Rev. C is complaining about the graphics card. I've had this computer for almost a year, and haven't had any problems with the graphics card until now.
 

macbaseball

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MacNut said:
Is this the first time you hooked the plasma to the PB?
No, I hooked my PB to the plasma near Christmas to show my Grandparents photos in a iPhoto Slideshow. It worked fine, other than a few pixels being cropped from the top and bottom of the image.
 

macbaseball

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I think I figured it out. Hopefully. I have an external keyboard that I bought used and I think that too much information is getting transferred through the keyboard.
 
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