Uh Oh - I dropped my laptop. And now...

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Hi everyone, I hope I've posted in the right place!

I'm needing some help to fix my baby. Yesterday, I dropped my laptop. I only dropped it an inch from the ground, and it was in its case, but it's still jarred something inside.

When I turn it on, I am faced with the following message (small black text on a grey background)


Invalid memory access at %SRR0: ff84867c %SRRI: 00003030

Apple Powerbook6, 5 4.8.7f1 BootROM built on 09/23/04 at 16:13:38
Copyright 1994-2004 Apple Computer, Inc
All Rights Reserved

Welcome to Open Firmware, the system time and date is: 01:12:58 01/03/1904
The battery capacity is: 85 percent

To continue booting, type "mac-boot" and press return.
To shut down, type "shut-down" and press return.

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That's probably way more info than I was meant to give, but I thought I'd put everything down. I'm hoping that it's something simple, like the P-RAM battery getting dislodged, but I'm hoping someone here can help me.


I typed in "mac-boot" and the following screen says this:

ALLOC-MEM request too big!
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My laptop is a iBook G4, 1.33 GHz/1.25 GB RAM (late 2004 model), with no prior issues. If you need to know anything else, please ask me. Any help or suggestions at all would be seriously appreciated!

Thanks in advance,
Cryssie :)
 

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Try opening it up and reseat the memory modules. It may be that a module has come loose when you dropped the iBook.

Do you know how to access the memory modules?

Here's a LINK to show you how.

And another LINK to a U-Tube video.

Let us know.

Regards.
 
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chscag beat me to it :D
 
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Wow! Thanks so much for that!

I've downloaded and saved the video, and will try it tonight when I get home. Looks pretty easy, which is good. I will definitely let you know how I go :)
 

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I would agree with the others, there's really not a whole lot of components that can be jarred loose. So unless the casing is bent and shorting the logic board in some way (and it doesn't sound like that's the case), chances are that one of the memory modules is not properly aligned in its socket. Another possibility is that the hard drive isn't seated, but I'd say that's a distant second potential issue in relation to the memory modules, which are only held by clips.
 
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Reseating the memory worked! Good as new. Thanks everyone!
You guys are seriously awesome :)
 
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A pleasure on behalf of all here ...but please, don't drop your baby again! :)
 
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Is dizzy another word for drunk (or something else)? :p
 
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Nope, just actually dizzy!
I got a headspin while holding it, and I dropped it. Lesson learned :)
 

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