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PowerBook - So..um...my clumsiness caused me too..uh..drop my powerbook..


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..probally a 15 inch drop..and now..everything is slower...my internets wont work..wireless...airport card probally got loose...and i can actually hear my hard drive when its accessing files...if i reboot will it fix everything? if so and how? do i need a new hard drive? what shall i do in this crazy life of mines i dont know...mac-forums.com...i need your assistance now more than ever...please help...you all command alot of love and respect from me because you guys are very helpful..=/ i hope you guys respond soon...
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If you dislodged or damaged internal components, a reboot won't do you much good at all. It won't hurt anything to try it, in fact, it should have been the first thing you tried in any case of "slow down".
If that doesn't help, there really isn't much more you can do except have an Apple Certified Tech have a look at it.

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oh okay ill try..one problem though..i dont noe how to reboot..can you please redirect to a link that can inform on how to do this or can anyone just write a simple step by step process for me, thanks =]

but if it isnt, is there a way for me to open up this bizznatch and fix it myself, or i HAVE to bring it in...gosh..i had this thing for 3 days too...gosh
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oh okay ill try..one problem though..i dont noe how to reboot..
Simple. Just turn it off, let it sit for a few seconds, then turn it back on again.

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15 inches shouldn't pose any permanent damage. Maybe an annoyance of reconnecting dislodged components, but nothing too permanent. I recommend backing up some files on an external hard drive, CDs, DVDs, or transfering to a desktop just in case your HDD is on it's way to not working. I know a HD based MP3 player of mine got noisier and noisier as a week went by after I dropped it until it stopped working. I thought it would imediately fail after the accident if it was gonig to fail at all ("If it was going to break, it would have done it by now") but I was wrong. I'd backup anything vital just in case while everything works.


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i remember there was this disk you put in to check your hard drive i forgot whats it called, does anybody know? im worried....can i open my book up and reconnect stuff too?
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Simple. Just turn it off, let it sit for a few seconds, then turn it back on again.
no i meant like start everything up from scratch like reinstall everything again, operation system and everything that kind of reboot
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If your hard drive is making sounds when you access files, like a loud clicking sound, then chances are you damaged it in some way. I'd stop using it immediately and get it looked at if you have any important data on there.

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sure its my hd? because i did verify disk check thing and i checked fsck and everything is a ok...but i didnt perform the check with my start up disk because i dont have one....where do can i go to get my hd checked? is there a program or i gotta go to an apple store, because the nearest one to me is in a very inconvenient location
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no i meant like start everything up from scratch like reinstall everything again, operation system and everything that kind of reboot
Well, that's not a reboot at all. That is an OS reinstall. Two completely different things.

An OS reinstall won't help anything and would simply be a waste of time if you performed one in this case.

If your HD is making clicking noises every time you access a file, then the first thing you should do is backup all of your important files to some other medium (external HD, CD/DVD, etc). Once you have done that, then you can worry about having someone take a look at it.

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Is your Hard Drive making Clicking noises? If so it's probably damaged. Too bad you do not have the CD/DVD that came with the Powerbook or you could run the Hardware test. I have seen laptops dropped a few inches when the drive was running and it killed it. There is no set amount of inches it has to fall to mess up the drive.

Devilboy gave some excellent advise. I can't add anything to it.
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darn it...i only had this for 3 days...=[..how loud is too loud though...it just makse low clicking noises..is that normal? and is the hardware test cd the only way i can check my harddrive for problems withouth going to an apple store?
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