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Offline Steve_W

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Is it possible that I might be giving up?
« on: November 27, 2016, 12:13:25 PM »
After going through 2 G4s and multiple installations of OS 9... spending money on old kit that works OK, but the computer crashes too much... I think the hardware I have is just too decrepit, had too many hours of uptime... I have slaved to get these old buggers working great... they did for a while but are ultimately unreliable.

I love the old mac kit but I am 50-50 about selling it all now and just accepting that old is not necessarily great.

I love this community and the help I have got and indeed maybe given, but I am getting closer than ever to pulling the plug.

Convince me why I shouldn't!
Powermac MDD dual 1.25ghz (9.2.2/10.4.11)/Powermac MDD 867mhz (9.2.2)/12 inch Powerbook G4 (9.2.2)/15 inch Powerbook G4 (10.4.11)/Powermac G5 (10.7.5)

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Re: Is it possible that I might be giving up?
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2016, 07:51:51 AM »
Only you can decide when to give up, but I am very confused why you are having these issues...

Step 1)
Blow out all dust from the inside with a powerful air compressor (put a small wire in any fans so that they do not rotate (they can over rotate with a strong air blast which is bad for the fan).  Heat is the enemy, dust generates heat;  also look very closely at all components on the logic board, inspect for burnt (dark areas) also any physical damage like battery acid, or moisture corrosion.

Step 2)
Download the hardware test for the G4 you own from our site, burn a CD and Test it, use the "extended" test on memory, it will take a long time, but we need to start with a baseline of functioning hardware.  Age does not matter if it passes all the diagnostics, think of it as new :)
Also, it may even pay to leave the machine on for 2 hours and test again... Some CPU/RAM/Logic board issues... happen after heating up for a while
http://macos9lives.com/smforum/index.php/board,33.0.html

Step 3)
Turn off every extension possible and test the configuration, add additional extensions one at a time.
http://macos9lives.com/smforum/index.php/topic,570.0.html