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    Neat Trick: Ram Reset
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    Neat Trick: Ram Reset
    I bet most of you know about this trick but I was so excited to learn it I thought I would share.
    I was having some trouble with my video Ram (Tech Tool reported a fail after I noticed slowdown on WOW). I called Apple and the guy had me do this series.
    Press and hold down power button until it shuts off
    Press power button normally to begin startup while pressing {apple, opt, P, R}. I held it down until the chime happened twice. This not only fixed my problem, I think it made my machine a bit quicker as well.
    Apparently this resets the video and regular ram.
    Just thought you all might be interested.

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    Neat Trick: Ram Reset
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    It actually just resets the parameter RAM.

    This resets the system clock, video settings, etc.

    Shutting down *period* resets your system RAM.
    I try to Command+Shift+/ when I can.
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    ahh, thank you. Learn something new every hour

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    Thank you - thank you. Have been working with a bizarre reduced color scheme for 2 weeks. It coincided with replacing my left io board (dont get metal dust near your magsafe!!!) so I assumed it was a hardware fault. Phew!!

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    Neat Trick: Ram Reset
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    Quote Originally Posted by traded View Post
    I bet most of you know about this trick but I was so excited to learn it I thought I would share.

    Press power button normally to begin startup while pressing {apple, opt, P, R}.
    Yes that's a pretty old "trick"...been around a longggg time!

    But like Summer reruns on TV...if you haven't seen them before, it's new to you!

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    Neat Trick: Ram Reset
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    Quote Originally Posted by Petr View Post
    Thank you - thank you. Have been working with a bizarre reduced color scheme for 2 weeks. It coincided with replacing my left io board (dont get metal dust near your magsafe!!!) so I assumed it was a hardware fault. Phew!!
    how in the world did you get metal dust on your magsafe? to be honest you don't want to get metal dust anywhere on your computer, it can short circuits on the motherboard

    edit:
    wow, old thread, from 2006

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    Neat Trick: Ram Reset
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    Only... You should not hold down the power button to shut it off. Shut it off normally !

    Doug

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    Quote Originally Posted by scathe View Post
    how in the world did you get metal dust on your magsafe? to be honest you don't want to get metal dust anywhere on your computer, it can short circuits on the motherboard

    edit:
    wow, old thread, from 2006
    I work part time as a blacksmith / knifemaker (sanity work) and the dust end up everywhere. Hardware some days - sotware others

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