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Katie Zoey Calculating status...
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i'm currently running on mac os10.4.11 and recently i've been facing constant freezing problems every 15mins even i'm not running any applications. I can't do my backup, neither can i search the web for solutions with my mac.

Anyone out there know what's the problem i'm facing??
ibook G4, Mac OS X (10.4.9)
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,685 points)
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    May 4, 2009 8:29 PM (in response to Katie Zoey)
    Hi Katey;

    Have you run the extended Apple HW Test? I think yours came with separate AHT CD.

    If you don't... Here's the list and downloads for AHT...

    http://www.info.apple.com/support/aht.html

    One way to test is to Safe Boot from the HD, (holding Shift key down at bootup), run Disk Utility in Applications>Utilities, then highlight your drive, click on Repair Permissions, Test for action in Safe Mode...

    PS. Safe boot may stay on the gray radian for a long time, let it go, it's trying to repair the Hard Drive.

    Reboot, test again.
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10 (84,050 points)
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    May 5, 2009 2:55 AM (in response to Katie Zoey)
    HI Katie,

    Is this the original 60GB drive? If so, it's important to keep track of available disk space.
    Right or control click the MacintoshHD icon on your Desktop, then click: Get Info. In the Get Info window, click the discovery triangle so it's facing down. You will see; Capacity and Available Make sure you have 10% available disk space, 15% is better. Not enough available drive space can cause issues like you are experiencing.

    Boot from your install disk.
    Insert Installer disk and Restart, holding down the "C" key until grey Apple appears.
    Go to Installer menu (Panther and earlier) or Utilities menu (Tiger and later) and launch Disk Utility.
    Select your HDD (manufacturer ID) in the left panel.
    Select First Aid in the Main panel.
    (Check S.M.A.R.T Status of HDD at the bottom of right panel. It should say: Verified)
    Click Repair Disk on the bottom right.
    If DU reports disk does not need repairs quit DU and restart.
    If DU reports errors Repair again and again until DU reports disk is repaired.

    If Disk Utility cannot repair any errors, you will need to use a disk utility like DiskWarrior or TechToolPro






    Carolyn
    Intel iMac 2.66GHz PBG4SDrive iBookG4 iMacG3 Toshiba WinXP Airport Extreme, Mac OS X (10.5.6), WirelessMM Airport Wacom Intuos Tablet iLife 09 DW and TTPro Epson All In One
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,685 points)
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    May 6, 2009 3:33 AM (in response to Katie Zoey)
    Did it do the freezing in Safe Mode?

    You won't have Airport or a few other things, but it'd be good to test it there.
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,685 points)
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    May 6, 2009 4:30 AM (in response to Katie Zoey)
    If it only does it in Regular Boot and not in Safe Mode, then it is likely some 3rd party add-on, Check System Preferences>Accounts>Login Items window to see if it or something relevant is listed.

    Also see what is in System Preferences>Other Row.

    Also look in these if they exist, some are invisible...

    /private/var/run/StartupItems
    /Library/StartupItems
    /System/Library/StartupItems
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10 (84,050 points)
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    May 6, 2009 4:33 AM (in response to Katie Zoey)
    HI Katie,

    *"when i start my antivirus software, it just hangs for some reason after a while"*

    There's at least part of the problem right there. There are no known Mac viruses.

    The anti virus software. Is this Norton by chance?

    There's no reason to run anti virus software on a Mac. But if you feel better using it, use ClamXav available here. http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/networking_security/clamxav.html





    Carolyn
    Intel iMac 2.66GHz PBG4SDrive iBookG4 iMacG3 Toshiba WinXP Airport Extreme, Mac OS X (10.5.6), WirelessMM Airport Wacom Intuos Tablet iLife 09 DW and TTPro Epson All In One
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10 (84,050 points)
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    May 6, 2009 11:34 AM (in response to Katie Zoey)
    Katie,

    Time to take the Mac in for service.




    Carolyn
    Intel iMac 2.66GHz PBG4SDrive iBookG4 iMacG3 Toshiba WinXP Airport Extreme, Mac OS X (10.5.6), WirelessMM Airport Wacom Intuos Tablet iLife 09 DW and TTPro Epson All In One
  • aluska Calculating status...
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    May 8, 2009 8:44 PM (in response to Katie Zoey)
    Katie,
    I have EXACTLY the same problem... actually problems.... all of the problems you have described. This started about two months ago. Up until then my life was wonderful! My Mac is running Mac OS X (10.4.11).
    I was, also, considering the low memory space...
    I, also, thought there are no Mac viruses, but this looks like virus to me... There are funny thin lines appearing thru my desktop or appl. windows... short time after that, the computer freezes. When I see the line ,I immediately put my Mac to sleep for a second. The line goes away when I wake it up. Today I froze about 20 times!
    mac, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • TexasG4MacUser Calculating status...
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    May 24, 2009 4:51 PM (in response to Katie Zoey)
    I am also having a problem with 10.4.11 since upgrading. I cannot save files in Adobe CS2 applications; the Finder freezes when looking for info on a hard drive and Firefox closes unexpectedly.

    I ran Apple Disk Utilities, fixed the permissions and the hard drive.

    Does anyone have a suggestion on how to fix this problem with 10.4.11?
    G4, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
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