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POWERBOOK HELP!

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May 29, 2013 10:23 AM

Hey people I bought a used power book g4 and there are about 4 problems I need help with and I need to know exactly what to do please.... 1. one of the keys is loose and i dont know how to fix it. 2. at the bottom of the laptop there is a rubber thing that holds it up and there is supposed to be four but theres only one. 3. I need a lot of help to clean it up like the files and documents. 4. lastly ive been trying to work with the wifi but its not working right.... PLEASE HELP!!

PowerBook, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • a brody Level 9 Level 9 (62,010 points)
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    May 30, 2013 7:12 AM (in response to maddiegrace14)

    The user who gave you the notebook should have given you the original discs, so you can install from scratch if they didn't help you do it yourself.

     

    If for some reason they didn't and they are running Mac OS X, you can create a new user with the Apple menu -> System Preferences -> Users and Groups and make sure it has admin access.   Go to the Apple menu -> Logout, and login the new user.  From there you can kill his old user, and any applications he didn't sell you directly with original discs, license codes as you'll have to buy those yourself.  If you need to know which applications came with a specific operating system Wikipedia can usually help.

     

    Not all Powerbooks come with WiFi cards known as airport cards, and some are too old to run Airport Extreme for secure WiFi.    The original Airport is only WPA1 and WEP compatible.    To determine the age of the Powerbook as far as Airport, look at where the USB ports are.  If they are in the rear, you can only use WPA1 and WEP if the card is installed and need an external ethernet WiFi 802.11g bridge for secure WPA2 compatibility.     If they are in the side of the keyboard left or right then you need to determine if an airport extreme card is installed internally.   To determine that go the Airport Utility to try to setup an airport connection in the Applications -> Utilities folder.  Airport Extreme 802.11g cards are hard to come by, but http://www.macsales.com/ may still have them or http://www.welovemacs.com/ may do as well.

     

    If you don't any discs, and can't get an operating system installed, look in the battery bay to determine if it is 867 Mhz or faster (1 Ghz is faster).   This will tell you if you need 10.3, 10.4, or 10.5 retail.    If it says DVD it supports 10.4 or higher.  If it says 867 Mhz or faster it supports 10.5 or higher.  All retail discs are black with a white X logo in the middle and do not say Upgrade, Dropin, OEM, or a Mac model on them.   Those will not work with your machine.  Note: newer machines may not work with older operating systems than the disc that came with them.   If you are able to get the retail matching the above description, that should suffice.  Once you are setup, there are free updates to the latest version of each on Apple's website.

  • a brody Level 9 Level 9 (62,010 points)
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    Jun 1, 2013 6:20 PM (in response to maddiegrace14)

    Basically you have four kinds of things that can be on your laptop in terms of software:

     

    Applications -> These are the programs you are familiar with like Safari, Mail, iPhoto, Photoshop, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, or iWork.

     

    Documents -> These are the files you create with your favorite applications or manage with them.

     

    Preferences -> These are created by applications to store things like memory of your registration keys, bookmarks in browsers, etc...

     

    System files -> these are the programs that Apple installs or other people install to run in the background with their applications for all people using your machine.

     

    When you are talking about cleaning your laptop of unnecessary things, you have to decide, is there a chance that what you are going to clean, you may need at a later time?    So before cleaning, I always recommend backing up your data to a second external source such as an external hard drive the capacity of your internal hard drive.   A cloning software such as Carbon Cloner makes a copy of all four essential pieces of software that are sitting on your machine at the time the clone is made.  These take a couple hours to make and are typically best done at night.   That way if indeed you delete an essential piece of software, you can always recover it again from your backup.    The other thing to remember, is backups are necessary in anycase prior to any upgrading or updating of your system.   Software can get corrupted, the internal hard drive can eventually fail.  Having a backup plan is essential.

     

    Once you are backed up at least once, and preferably to two external distinct sources, then you can go about deleting non-essential applications from the Hard drive -> Applications folder.   If there is a chance you might have to reinstall the said application at a later time, it is better to run an uninstaller program made by the application vendor.  Alas, the Application is not always just in the Applications folder.  Apple has three Library folders, and a Documents folder that may keep track of other files that certain applications store. Before removing any software you may need to reinstall double check with the Application vendor where they store all their documents so you can remove all traces.  Otherwise when you go to reinstall the application, it may have some incompatible preference left over.  

     

    Another approach to deleting unwanted data is looking at your iTunes and iPhoto for duplicate music and photos.    If you created iMovies the same thing you might want to do is empty your Movies folder of movies you no longer want to keep.  

     

    So backup first, then determine what you want to remove.

  • a brody Level 9 Level 9 (62,010 points)
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    Jun 1, 2013 6:45 PM (in response to maddiegrace14)

    As I say, your WiFi is dependant on the age of your machine.   If there are any terms you don't understand, please ask.  

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