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927 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Sep 6, 2006 11:01 AM by a brody
First, this is a user-to-user discussion forum.
Since you've replaced the power adaptor, logic board, and battery, are you asking for help, or just ranting?PB G4 1.67ghz 2gb; mini G4 1.5ghz 1gb, Mac OS X (10.4.7)
Before, when my machine was plugged into perfectly
functioning wall power, every now and then, the power
status would switch on its own from wall power to
battery power once every, say ten or fifteen times.
Now it is every time I am on wall power, that "dies"
and battery power is switched on.
I have spent over 5 grand US on this machine. So what
is the problem? I suspect that Apple is as guilty as
MS of quality control. And don't tell me it is the
charger. It's been replaced more than once. So has
the battery from the first recall program.
I expect this message to be censured/censored as most
bad Apple messages are censured/censored. But before
it is, if anyone can tell me why this fantastic Apple
machine exhibits this behaviour, I would gladly
PS I have replaced the logic board once thanks to
Apple for the happy cost of over 900 US. I not only
expect, but demand, quality. So where is it?
It sounds like it is more to do with your home sockets than the machine. From the description you give, there are definate power surges happening there, causing dips in power, which is then causing your machine to go on the battery.
I know you say it is "perfectly functioning", but you would not know this unless you have tested it with correct equipment. It would be wise to invest in a multimeter and check your sockets out, at the very least, and also a power surge protector.
On another note, are you checking that the cord end that fits into your powerbook is lit up? I know mine comes out at the slightest movement and I don't notice it until the battery starts draining!
Occasionally, the battery drains fully before I notice it. I would also imagine that these problems started after the 12 month warranty ran out, and you did not purchase Applecare?iMac G5 1.6 ; PowerBookG4 1.33 ; MacMini G4 1.25;, Mac OS X (10.4.4)
A small percentage of Mac users experiencing some frutration and it's ridiculous?
One way to solve the problem is to sell your machines and go with, say, Dell, Gateway, HP, Sony, and the other thousand other manufacturers out there. This is a support forum, and with what was said, my help offering is to do just what was earlier stated.
It would have been less expensive to get a round trip economy ticket and flown to Miami and bought the PB there instead (I am assuming) Spain.
As already noted a check of your power supply is in order. It could just be a faulty socket. Don't blame Apple for that one. It could also be a bad power adapter again. Go to a different house/apartment and see if you can duplicate the problem.
Apple also recommends that you cycle and calibrate your battery every several months.
In the Forums it is usually best to just ask questions about how to move forward instead of complaining about Apple. The forums are a place for other users to help others with problems.
MJPB 1.67-1gig-160HD (Seagate Momentus) -SD (Pioneer K-05-non-Apple) iTunes 6.0.4, Mac OS X (10.4.6), ipod Photo 60 gig - ipod 2nd gen 20 gig
Bang on, that was a rant. I know it is easy to claim paranoia when you diss Apple products, but I have seen it here before.
Anyway, to the point. I've checked the various variables for this problem. Things remain the same. I can't go back and find other threads which have mentioned this problem (I could, but come on), but they are there. I have tried the posted solutions (and appreciated the efforts, believe me) but nothing has happened to the positive.
I just fail to understand why after all this money I have spent on this machine, on the best rep in the business (yes, don't worry, I ain't buying MS any time soon) and yet this silly problem persists.
I do not think I am asking too much.Powerbook G4, Mac OS X (10.4.6), 1,25 GHz 1GB RAM
Actually the 1.25 Ghz model, if that's what you have has a higher share of problems than its successors. That model was released 3 years ago. In fact a friend of mine has a RAM slot that doesn't work, and had already had their display replaced. There are these known problems with the power adapter:
And you can reset the power manager:
and check if your model is on the battery exchange support page:
http://support.apple.com/batteryprogram/iMac G5-1.8 (1st Gen)/PB G4 17" 3rd Gen 1.5 Ghz/iMac G4 OS 9/RCN, Mac OS X (10.4.7), EyeTV 200, Olympus C-700, Epson P-R220, iSight, Airport Extreme, 5th Gen iPod