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Apple Desktops Discussion of Apple's desktop machines including Mac Pro, iMac, Power Mac, and mini

Power Mac - G4 suddenly shuts down, etc.


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Mac Specs: Dual 450MHz PowerPC G4 "Gigabit Ethernet"

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I recently purchased a G4 tower (Gigabit Ethernet dual 450MHz) for $50 (Craigslist). The previous owner stated that the computer would occasionally shut down or freeze with a kernel panic. Said he was told it was a RAM issue. I have been using it daily (a lot) for about 10 days and it hasn't given me much problem.

A few times it has been hard to start, sometimes I have to try starting it four or five times to get it to boot up, but once it boots it's usually fine. I haven't seen any kernel panics but I have had it shut down randomly a few times, but only after I've left it alone for a while. I was wondering if there are any hardware tests I can do, I'm still relatively new to Mac. It isn't terribly inconvenient, I am using the computer successfully now, but I would like to take care of it before I go upgrading and such.

Help is appreciated, Thanks!
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Go to this link and download Apple Hardware Test for G4 Power Mac, version 1.2.6.

Apple Hardware Test Images

Drag the .dmg file to the left hand column of Disk Utility, pop a blank CD in to the drive and hit burn. Thagt will make a bootable copy of AHT. Pop CD into optical drive, reboot holding down 'C" and run the full test.

AHT will check the memory, logic board and other checks.
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