its DEAD jim...

Discussion in 'Digital Sources' started by FONSguy, Aug 12, 2018 at 7:38 AM.

  1. FONSguy

    FONSguy Super Member

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    My 2004 era Powerbook 13" died. I had been using it play iTunes into my analog preamp. Saturday I quit iTunes, and launched the 2007 era Firefox to see if I could listen live to a radio station in Towson, MD. When typing into the search bar the W was a zero... (WTF??) I rebooted, but even though it chimed, I get no screen and it sound like JUST the fan is spinning inside. Usually if your hard drive dies you get a flashing folder with a question mark. Looks like I'll be getting a MacMini to replace it. At least I can hook the mini to HDMI #3 on my 4K TV and use a remote to control iTunes. Good bye old friend. Now I have 2 dead Mac Laptops. The other has really noisy fans that cost 60 bucks each to replace.
     

     

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  2. Dswankey

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    14 years of service, definitely got your moneys worth out of it.
     
  3. sol7

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    It could be RAM issues. Don't bury her yet. My G5 tower "died" one day. It would boot to a point and then just white screen. It sounded like it was working. I was thinking the video was messed up. Luck be had, a couple weeks later I was at a garage sale and there sits a G5 tower. $5 I believe. Swapped video cards and back in business.
     
  4. lokerola

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    He's dead Jim!

     
  5. Bob

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    try replacing the hard drive, since the machine boots and chimes, and the fan works. or
    the video card.
     
  6. audiotemp

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    Sounds like it could be a dead backlight (either the fluorescent tube or the inverter) on the LCD display. If you shine a light from the front you may see a faint image from an (otherwise) working laptop.
     

     

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  7. MannyE

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    Look around on youtube for instructions on "baking" your GPU. This has brought many a MAC back to life...

    Also the W= 0 might be he numlock key being engaged.
     
  8. sKiZo

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    Maybe just needs a safe boot? Not sure if there is such a thing ... you might have to read the book ...
     
  9. audiotemp

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    Hold down Option, Command, P, and R through 3 reboots... Ah, those were the days.

    Resurrecting the dead is always fun but OP is likely right...time to move on.
     
  10. FONSguy

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    I used to be an Apple AASP cert holder and put a replacement HDD before I used it for iToons. it's using 10.4.11 as the OS, which is hardly usable due to modern security requirements. The mac seems to have USB issues at the keyboard as I cannot "Zap the PRAM" anymore. Since 2006 All it was used for is helping me with my taxes as I put the instructions on it and used it's calculator. I may open it up but not today.
     
  11. MannyE

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    Yeah, unless you want to play with it to bring it back for the fun of it, I think it's time.
     

     

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  12. sKiZo

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    I'm sure we all feel the ops pain, but good reminder to run backups regularly. I always do a mirror of the drive AND a separate backup of all the data files - that way I can just resume where I left off using the same machine and OS if it's a hard drive issue, or reinstall just the music to a new build.

    PS ... maybe not an option with a laptop, but I also use one drive for the OS and software, with a separate drive for just data.
     
  13. Splatter Pak

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    When my iMac died, I moved on to a good PC running Ubuntu. Cost: $45.
     
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  14. FONSguy

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    It had no data on it. It was used to connect to my Mac server holding one of several copies of my music. 2008 era server on 3rd set of 4 1T hard drives is still going.
     
  15. Jeff449

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    The station must be WTMD, right?
    Awesome station. I'm lucky to live in MD, so I can catch it on the airwaves.
     
  16. FONSguy

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    I've known Weasel since 1977 when I was doing nightclub DJ work. I won the WHFS "Radio Activity" contest 3 times. Also knew Bob "Here", Josh Brooks and David Einstein. One night I had to drive Bob, Josh, Cerphe, and someone else to Josh's place in Cabin John. this was about 2am on a Wednesday. When Weasel was doing nights I would come up with a reel to reel and tape music from their music library. Aaaah the good old days.
     
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  17. Jeff449

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    Sorry to take the thread off topic. HFS was great in the 80's. I remember listening to Weasel and Bob Here. I met Damian a couple times. I used to work with "Milo" Shepherdson if you remember him. I'm reading Cerphe's book (Cerphe's Up) right now.
     

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