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Resetting PRAM


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What does resetting the PRAM do and what is the outcome of doing it? Also, when would you reset the PRAM? Can it cause problems after doing it?

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PRAM is a tiny space in memory that is sustained by battery power. It stores a select few settings that can't be saved to disk (For specifics, see http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=86194)

Resetting PRAM is a troubleshooting technique. Frankly, it rarely works, because it's rare that PRAM is the source of the problem. It's sort of a "last resort" before you start doing invasive or time-consuming things.

For directions on how to reset PRAM, see http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=11751
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PRAM is a tiny space in memory that is sustained by battery power. It stores a select few settings that can't be saved to disk (For specifics, see http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=86194)

Resetting PRAM is a troubleshooting technique. Frankly, it rarely works, because it's rare that PRAM is the source of the problem. It's sort of a "last resort" before you start doing invasive or time-consuming things.

For directions on how to reset PRAM, see http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=11751
Cool, thanks for the info.

I was wondering because I'm about to install the internal Bluetooth Module to my PwrMac G5. The few install articles I've read didn't say you had to reset the PRAM. Then I came across one article that says you may have to do this. I didn't know how or where it was either. So thanks for the links.

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