Dec 17th, 2003, 03:39 PM
I'm at a loss. I have been having a lot of glitches lately. Just annoying stuff like safari cant find locations, screen saver won't turn off, programs quitting for no reason. So I did a complete reinstall of Panther and all my programs. Now its worse the computer is literally crawling along. Everytime I go to do anything I get the colored wheel of death. Even things like opening up the external hd.
I tried all the usual fixes before reinstalling Panther but gave it up and did the reinstall. I don't even know what to ask for in a trouble shooting area. Any help would be appreciated.
G4 MDD Dual867 / 2 gigs of ram
Dec 17th, 2003, 08:50 PM
1. Likely a disk issue, do you have any repair programs - drive, norton etc... try repairing and defragmenting
2. Did you reformat before reinstalling - if you didn't and you had underlying disk problems a reinstall may not have fixed them..remeber don't reformat without backing up first!!!
Best I can offer... not being a techie myself
Dec 17th, 2003, 08:59 PM
I run disk warrior every 2 weeks or so and did a reformat but what seemed to clean it all up (which I forgot about) was running fsck. That did the trick so far anyway.
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Dec 17th, 2003, 09:36 PM
I'm curious, why do you run Disk Warrior so often...or is this the norm? As for the problem at hand, sounds like an backup, archive and reinstall would be the quickest way to fix things.
Dec 18th, 2003, 06:52 AM
I guess the problem with computers is you get opposing opinions. One side says a well maintained OS will run better and then you get this side of the deal. Well being a non technical person I have to rely on others advice or what I read in various sites. I don't have jounaling on but I do back up all important files on an external drive and then on to cd. Anyhow thanks for the advice, I suppose Ill go to the moderation level and just run disk utilities every so often.
Dec 18th, 2003, 12:22 PM
Since OS X is a Unix based OS and completely different from the OS9 file system, I would be wary of running disk utilities so often. I am not convinced that any utility is fully Panther compatible.
If you have journaling on and -f fsck force a fsck, you are rolling the dice also. Panther writes directory information differently now, just in case you crash. Constantly optimizing the directory may not be a good thing.
Since Norton seems capable of creating orphan sectors now during a repair, and DW can counter journaling, why not just backup important files and leave maintenance alone for a few months at a time? I think you will find that your machine will run faster. I think too much emphasis is put on keeping hard drives perfectly organized. The modern OS doesn't need coddling. If it ain't broke, don't optimize it....., at least for a few months anyway.