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Coffee Kills [Nov. 1st, 2008|04:30 pm]
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I spilled some coffee on my old iBook G3 keyboard. It wasn't a lot and I don't think it went any deeper than the keyboard. The laptop still functions, but input is wonky. I think some of the keys are getting tripped on their own. It's old, but it's all I've got, so I'm wondering if I could just replace the keyboard with one off of eBay or Craigslist.

The laptop in question is a G3 12" 500 mHZ iBook. Any idea what I should be looking for in terms of compatibility? Help would be appreciated.
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(no subject) [Sep. 25th, 2008|10:44 pm]
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Okay, I apologize if this is a completely stupid question, but I don't even know where to begin shortening this to put into google.

Is there any way to set files/folders to organize so that the folders are ALWAYS shown at the top? It drives me mad that when arranged alphabetically, by date, etc, the folders will be mixed in within all the other misc files. I know I can arrange by kind, but the folders will not always necessarily be at the top, and then the rest of the files are arranged weirdly, when I'd much rather they be alphabetical so I can actually find files.

Thanks if anyone has any help, and again, sorry if this is an incredibly stupid question, but I'd really appreciate any help.
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Embarrassingly basic question [Sep. 18th, 2008|12:51 pm]
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I'm new to this community.

This is probably a very foolish question.

I seem to be running Mac OS X 3. So it won’t let me download iTunes 8 – I need a more up to date OS. I tried to download OS X 5, but I can’t, it says I need system files. Do I need to buy Leopard? Is there anyway to update my OS without buying something?

Should I download OS X 4 and work up to 5 from there?

Thanks in advance!
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iBook G4 Randomly Freezing Up [Sep. 15th, 2008|09:31 pm]
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I have a ~4 or so year old iBook G4. It's worked perfectly until recently, I can hardly use it anymore because it randomly freezes up. Sometimes the mouse also freezes & won't move, sometimes the mouse still moves around but doesn't register on anything. Sometimes I can turn it off & then back on, sometimes I turn it off but when I turn it back on it gets stuck on the blue loading screen with nothing but the mouse positioned in the upper left corner. Sometimes I can use the computer for a half hour or so before this happens, sometimes only about 5 minutes.

Does anyone have a CLUE on why this would be happening? I really can't afford a costly repair, so I'm slightly scared of taking it to the Apple store. I am just feeling really tragic over the whole situation-- I love my computer!
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(no subject) [Sep. 15th, 2008|07:24 pm]
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does anyone know where online i can get a hard case sort of like this for my 14" ibook?

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Screen trouble [Aug. 29th, 2008|01:39 pm]
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Hello! I hate to bother anyone but I'm going blind using my computer and google has failed me.
I have a 1.07 GHz powerPC iBook G4, running 10.3.9. It's an old computer, but this problem has been recurrent for a couple of years, well before age should have been any problem.
My problem is that my screen flickers and goes into a kind of negative. It does this randomly. There's no pattern to it. It hasn't done it in over a year, and today it's gone off again. Has anyone else had this problem? It usually rights itself, but if there's something to be done, I'd love to know it. Any help appreciated.
ETA I'm not sure the screengrab did it justice. Basically anything that's supposed to be white (google home page) goes black. But it sounds like when I used Grab, it took a shot of my normal page colours, and the problem isn't showing up. I'm really confused now.
The screengrab is here.Collapse )
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(no subject) [Jul. 25th, 2008|07:20 am]
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Can someone give me a quick explanation of how to set Pages as my default word processor (or more specifically, the default program for opening Microsoft Word docs)?

It used to be openoffice, which I hated and deleted, and now it is stuck on textedit, which is almost worse.
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ISP recs? [Jul. 24th, 2008|05:37 pm]
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Hi, I have had earthlink DSL as they are the only ones in my area that had any mac support, but
I might not be able to get earthlink at my new address in central NJ. (Also, their tech support was outsourced, and the last few reps I spoke to were not fluent in english enough to be of much help)

Who is your ISP and what has been your experience with them. I know macs are not the majority, but they do have a chunk of the market share, one would think *someone* would support them.

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Bluetooth problems [Jul. 22nd, 2008|09:52 am]
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I've just bought myself a bluetooth mighty mouse as the trackpad on my MacBook is slowly but surely dying (and I can't afford to get it replaced just now - I'm in the process of losing my job, so as you can imagine, this is all wonderful timing) and lo! the bluetooth is only working intermittently. Obviously, the simplest solution would be to take the mouse back and exchange it for a wired one, but that's really not the point.

Does anyone have a reliable fix for this? I've googled and checked out the various forums, but have yet to find anything that works. I've tried resetting the PRAM and repairing permissions. I've also tried standing over the machine and shouting at it. I'm running 10.5.4 and have no idea how long this problem may have been going on, I've only just needed to use the bluetooth function. My MacBook is well and truly out of warrenty, and of course I have no AppleCare (the company that has been draining my resources for the last year promised to buy me some, but never actually bothered despite frequent nagging).

Thanks in advance for any help.
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itunes Jams Up and must be Force Quit or killed [Jul. 16th, 2008|02:23 am]
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running iTunes 7.7
Mac OS 10.5.4
iBook G4 1.2 GHz
1.25 GB RAM
iPod Classic 160GB with no discernible problems up to this point. about 6 months old.

Have not updated my iPod since my upgrade to iTunes 7.7. Tonight when trying to update my iPod, iTunes freezes. Force Quit iTunes, eject iPod. Restart computer. Reset iPod. Restart iTunes. All songs are where they should be. iTunes works prefect. Connect iPod. iPod mounts to desktop. iTunes becomes sluggish, then hangs, then freezes. Spinning pinwheel. Must Force Quit iTunes and eject iPod manually. iPod will not mount inside iTunes. iPod works fine when ejected, plays music, no missing music.

Any suggestions on how i can fix this?
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