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    Default PowerBookG4 Keeps Crashing

    My friend has an old Powerbook, running OS 10.4.11 that keeps crashing. Here are the details. Any idea why would be greatly appreciated:

    Unresolved kernel trap(cpu 0): 0x300 - Data access DAR=0x000000005B0B6033 PC=0x0000000000040AA4
    Latest crash info for cpu 0:
    Exception state (sv=0x20877780)
    PC=0x00040AA4; MSR=0x00009030; DAR=0x5B0B6033; DSISR=0x40000000; LR=0x00040A70; R1=0x0CE23DA0; XCP=0x0000000C (0x300 - Data access)
    Backtrace:
    0x00390000 0x0007C158 0x000A9714
    Proceeding back via exception chain:
    Exception state (sv=0x20877780)
    previously dumped as "Latest" state. skipping...
    Exception state (sv=0x20AE9780)
    PC=0x00000000; MSR=0x0000D030; DAR=0x00000000; DSISR=0x00000000; LR=0x00000000; R1=0x00000000; XCP=0x00000000 (Unknown)

    Kernel version:
    Darwin Kernel Version 8.11.0: Wed Oct 10 18:26:00 PDT 2007; root:xnu-792.24.17~1/RELEASE_PPC
    panic(cpu 0 caller 0xFFFF0003): 0x300 - Data access
    Latest stack backtrace for cpu 0:
    Backtrace:
    0x000954F8 0x00095A10 0x00026898 0x000A8204 0x000ABB80
    Proceeding back via exception chain:
    Exception state (sv=0x20877780)
    PC=0x00040AA4; MSR=0x00009030; DAR=0x5B0B6033; DSISR=0x40000000; LR=0x00040A70; R1=0x0CE23DA0; XCP=0x0000000C (0x300 - Data access)
    Backtrace:
    0x00390000 0x0007C158 0x000A9714
    Exception state (sv=0x20AE9780)
    PC=0x00000000; MSR=0x0000D030; DAR=0x00000000; DSISR=0x00000000; LR=0x00000000; R1=0x00000000; XCP=0x00000000 (Unknown)

    Kernel version:
    Darwin Kernel Version 8.11.0: Wed Oct 10 18:26:00 PDT 2007; root:xnu-792.24.17~1/RELEASE_PPC
    Model: PowerBook5,2, BootROM 4.7.1f1, 1 processors, PowerPC G4 (1.1), 1.25 GHz, 512 MB
    Graphics: ATI Mobility Radeon 9600, ATY,RV350M10, AGP, 64 MB
    Memory Module: SODIMM0/J25LOWER, 256 MB, DDR SDRAM, PC2700U-25330
    Memory Module: SODIMM1/J25UPPER, 256 MB, DDR SDRAM, PC2700U-25330
    AirPort: AirPort Extreme, 405.1 (3.90.34.0.p18)
    Modem: LastDash, UCJ, V.92, 4.0, APPLE VERSION 2.6.6
    Bluetooth: Version 1.9.5f4, 2 service, 1 devices, 1 incoming serial ports
    Network Service: AirPort, AirPort, en1
    PCI Card: TXN,PCIXXXX-00, cardbus, PC Card
    Parallel ATA Device: MATSHITADVD-R UJ-816
    Parallel ATA Device: WDC WD800BEVE-00UYT0, 74.53 GB
    USB Device: Bluetooth USB Host Controller, Apple, Inc., Up to 12 Mb/sec, 500 mA

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    I have a powerbook 1.67 .... 10.4.11
    I would suggest downloading Applejack 1.6, Diskwarrior 4 and if you have the install disk ... run Disk Utilities.

    To me those are the first steps I use.
    I also use G4 Fan Control 0.6.i to help cooling and chud ( it's on the install disk).

    Sounds like a software problem.

    good luck, h

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    Arrow Fishing for more info...

    What are the other symptoms? Does it randomly crash?, crash on certain apps, web pages etc. Did this happen quickly or has it been getting worse slowly?

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    I am not sure, since it is a friend's computer. He asked me to "clean it up" in preparation for giving it away to his nephew.

    I will keep it with me and run it for a few days to see if I can detect symptoms.

    No install disk available. I will check on Applejack and DiskWarrior.

    Thanks guys. I will let you know what I find out in a few days.

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    If you don't need anything on the hard drive.... if you can boot to any OSX CD/DVD and just erase it? That should fix it unless it's a bad hard drive.

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    Interesting stuff about the last model POwerbooks with the 1.67 MHz processors.


    Class action suit filed over PowerBook G4 memory slots

    By Justin Berka | Published: November 03, 2008 - 10:08AM CT

    Most of the time, the lawsuits that are filed against Apple involve fairly current products like the iPhone, but the most recent suit is a bit of a throwback. This time around, the PowerBook G4 is in the spotlight. Last week, New York resident Giorgio Gomelsky filed a class action suit against Apple in the Northern District of California, alleging that Apple has not done enough to remedy a memory slot defect that has affected a number of PowerBook G4 machines over the years.

    The issue began garnering attention way back in 2005 when multiple reports of PowerBook G4 lower memory slot failures appeared. The most recent legal complaint, as seen by Ars Technica, mentions that slower slot failures are more common, but that upper slot failures can also occur. The issue normally appears at some point (even months) after memory is installed in the second slot, at which point all sorts of weirdness can happen, including inability to boot the notebook or degraded performance. And, because the memory slots are attached to the motherboard, repairing the memory slot defect is quite costly.

    Apple did initiate an extended memory slot warranty in 2006, but the issue only covered machines in the range of serial numbers that had already been affected by the problem. Plaintiff Gomelsk's PowerBook G4 had a bad memory slot, but the serial number was outside the extended warranty range and he was out of luck. The argument in the suit is that Apple acknowledged that there was a problem by creating the extended warranty program, but that the company didn't do enough to fix things for affected users. The suit also says that Apple didn't do a good job of letting people know about the problem or the extended warranty. As with most cases against Apple, the plaintiff is asking for lots of damages, for Apple to refund the money of anyone who bought a defective PowerBook, and for the usual fees and costs.
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    Default Problem "shelved."

    Thanks for the replies. The laptop ended up getting "shelved" without further action to correct the problem. It now forlornly sits on a shelf like one of those commercial jets in the desert.

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    If you decide to " un-shelve " the Powerbook , I will keep this simple...
    ( I have one and it is a sweet machine )
    Remove the battery
    Do not plug the powerbook in
    Hold down the start button...
    rest for several minutes...
    Plug in the power supply,,,
    Hold down the Command /Option/P/ and /R keys and push start
    Allow three chimes...
    The more you know, the more you know you don't know.

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    Sorry if this is redundant info.
    gotta start with the basics.
    David
    The more you know, the more you know you don't know.

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