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November 19th, 2007

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07:49 pm - at least this time I have back-up
My laptop won't boot. Earlier this afternoon it was doing funky things with the caps lock, then it slowed way down. I thought the caps lock thing was mechanical, but perhaps not, since the problem reversed itself when I rebooted, then came back about 10 minutes later. So I shut it down to let it cool off, in case that was the problem, and now it won't start at all.

I guess I may be getting a new machine, I say with mixed emotions. Cool, but costly. So I'm posting from my mom's computer. I should be able to collect most of my email, at least.

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Date:November 20th, 2007 04:32 am (UTC)
Is this is a mac laptop that's been upgraded to 10.5? I've heard of some pretty awful side effects from the upgrade, including keyboards not working and failure to boot. I think my manager may have had something similar. I'll ask him how he fixed it, if that's what's happened to yours.
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Date:November 20th, 2007 10:53 am (UTC)

that would be too easy...

No, I was still using 10.4 - in part because I don't think the poor little G4 Powerbook had the resources to handle the upgrade. I'm pretty sure it was a hardware failure of some sort. It's past its prime. I've replaced the hard drive twice as well as having to take it in for another problem that I've forgotten at the moment.

Plus I think I wrote misleadingly - it won't even turn on. Pressing the power button gets no response at all, it's essentially a brick. What do you do in that situation? or rather is there anything you can do besides treating it like a brick? :)
Date:November 20th, 2007 04:49 pm (UTC)

Re: that would be too easy...

Hmm. Yeah, that's not promising.

It's probably worth trying to reset the PMU, but with the weird caps lock behavior, it may be time to call it quits even if you can get it to turn back on. There are instructions for resetting the PMU (which did work for me on an older G3 powerbook that wouldn't turn on, and now it works fine) at http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=14449

At the very least, it might get it working again long enough to transfer data off it.
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Date:November 20th, 2007 05:56 pm (UTC)

Re: that would be too easy...

Thanks for the pointer - but I still get no response. I should have everything on backup - which of course means I won't, but not for lack of trying. I went ahead and ordered a shiny new Macbook for less than my insurance refund, so I'm still financially ahead of the game in terms of the big picture.

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