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Time to reload the O/S ?

Bert Bates
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My poor old powerbook (all 667 mhz of it) has gone thru all manner of hell - I fried its firewire port by somehow jamming a firewire cable in upside-down - so now I have a firewire card in the pcmcia slot. It's traveled around the world a couple of times - crammed into various incarnations of backpacks, satchels, and briefcases and getting x-rayed, scanned and dropped countless times. Now, it's starting to manifest some quirky behaviors (go figure), like sleeping and waking up are erratic, it seems to lose some of its preferences, and the USB ports seem to notice their devices erraticly (?).

So, do you think an O/S reload might help? Anyone have any experience with anything like this?


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John Davis
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wow I dont know, but if its a g3 I under stand that they have trouble with usb if anything changes in the usb configuration while the computer is asleep it will crash I dont know if this was fixed with the g4 but i assume you are using a g3 if its 667 MHz.
I hope that help a little at least
Bert Bates
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nope, it's a g4
Pauline McNamara
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I have no idea, but do you mind if I borrow your text and turn it into a fill-in-the-blanks?


My poor old ___________ (all ________ of him/her) has gone thru all manner of hell - I fried his/her _________ by somehow jamming a ________ in upside-down - so now I have a _________ in the _________ slot. He/She's traveled around the world a couple of times - crammed into various incarnations of backpacks, satchels, and briefcases and getting x-rayed, scanned and dropped countless times. Now, he/she's starting to manifest some quirky behaviors (go figure), like sleeping and waking up are erratic, he/she seems to lose some of his/her preferences, and the _________ seem to notice his/her devices erraticly (?).


Sorry, couldn't resist. Good luck with your PB!
marc weber
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Originally posted by Pauline McNamara:
I have no idea, but do you mind if I borrow your text and turn it into a fill-in-the-blanks? ...

And don't forget the punchline: "Anyone have any experience with anything like this?"
[ October 24, 2006: Message edited by: marc weber ]

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Bert Bates
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...and this is the thanks I get for trying to liven up a dull topic?
John Davis
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ok I would try to re-install the os (What could you lose?) if it doesn't work get a new one
Ernest Friedman-Hill
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I've been a born-again Mac enthusiast for over a year now, and I've already had one problem that could not be solved without an OS reinstall. I felt bad about doing it -- it's definitely not something I ever had to do in many years of using Linux. But I got into a situation where the upgrade to QuickTime 7.0.4 broke iMovie, which I use; and the downgrader they supplied back to 7.0.1 fixed iMovie, but then QT playback everywhere else was broken. It was perfectly repeatable. I Googled high and wide, tried every suggestion under the sun, and nothing worked.

I finally did an OS reinstall followed by a full update. Everything worked like a charm, and I didn't lose any data.


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marc weber
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Originally posted by Ernest Friedman-Hill:
...I finally did an OS reinstall followed by a full update. Everything worked like a charm, and I didn't lose any data.

That part is good to hear! I've never installed or re-installed an OS, but I'll probably upgrade to Leopard when it comes out.
John Davis
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me too but time machine has me puzzled because it has to store the data somwhere maybe someone knows how it works

overall I wonder what they have up their sleeve I heard they aren't saying all its new features :?
Bert Bates
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One fairly credible opinion I heard is that they're not announcing all the new features because some of them tie pretty directly to other new products that will be announced simultaneously. Like perhaps iPhones or wireless iPods...

I'm still praying for a Viao-sized notebook, but I have a feeling my prayers will not be answered :roll:
marc weber
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Originally posted by John Davis:
me too but time machine has me puzzled because it has to store the data somwhere maybe someone knows how it works...

I don't know, but my na�ve guess is that instead of backing up entire files, it just stores the original and then tracks subsequent changes so the file can be reconstructed for any given date. Does that make sense?

Now this has possibilities...
Remote control takes on a whole new meaning with iChat in Leopard. Thanks to iChat Screen Sharing, you and your buddy can observe and control a single desktop via iChat, making it a cinch to collaborate with colleagues...

Apple support via remote control?
John Davis
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well thats nice but this will most likely require a .mac subsciption which is $100 a year
other then that its making me wonder if I should use the 30 day trial?
marc weber
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Originally posted by John Davis:
well [iChat remote control is] nice but this will most likely require a .mac subsciption...

Really? I don't see why. Does anyone know how this might work?
John Davis
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oh does the current i chat need a .mac subscirption?... I thought it did :roll:
marc weber
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Originally posted by John Davis:
oh does the current i chat need a .mac subscirption?... I thought it did :roll:

Currently, iChat works with Mac.com, AIM, or Jabber. I very rarely use it, but I have it set up with an AIM account.

I can see the remote control feature requiring both users to have Leopard.
John Davis
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hhuuummm... so can I use can I use it?
I have a yahoo account I dont know if I have aim or anything like it
I dont have a pop address either
John Davis
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oh sorry that was dumb I should have researched first... :roll:
marc weber
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Originally posted by John Davis:
oh sorry that was dumb I should have researched first... :roll:

 
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