Please help! My powerbook has been freaking out lately. It all started with the fan turning on frequently and loudly, then becoming a loud buzzing sound like a gear was jamming. I had an old battery in there and thought maybe it was overheating because of it, so took out the battery. So far so good as far as the above symptoms are concerned but...
Now if left in sleep mode for long periods, it's shutting down, and not only that, when it reboots, the hard drive makes some freakish sound like its has severe asthma, and is coughing and wheezing for about 3 seconds. then all is fine. This has happened twice so far.
Should I reset my PMU, or is it my hard drive failing? or(I hope not) my logic board? I verified the disk with Disk utility, and it says it's fine.
As far as heat is concerned:
HD Bay: 44˚C
This is when the fan kicked in just now.
Console startup says this (no mension of the panic I heard):
Mac OS X Version 10.4.11 (Build 8S165)
2009-03-17 10:08:10 -0400
2009-03-17 10:08:16.743 loginwindow FSResolveAliasWithMountFlags returned err = -43
2009-03-17 10:08:16.882 loginwindow FSResolveAliasWithMountFlags returned err = -43
2009-03-17 10:08:30.673 SystemUIServer lang is:en
2009-03-17 10:08:34.679 Skype SkypeApplication::init called
2009-03-17 10:08:40.010 Skype SKInitDebugLogging
And since then keeps saying this:
30 95 68 782009-03-17 10:16:04.842 DashboardClient needs update
2009-03-17 10:16:11.074 DashboardClient (com.mirtchovski.widget.WeatherOffice) : Null value (line: 773)
The extra ram I have is from Canada Ram, and has been in for over a year now, so I don't think it's the culprit. The harddrive has 28 Gig free still.
I'm not using anything heavy. the most I've had open at once during the past month is BBedit, FireFox, iTunes, Mail, iCal. And sometimes I watch some streaming video on with FireFox. I'm still using Tiger. My computer info is in my sig.
Any help would be appreciated. I was thinking of waiting for Snow Leopard to get a new machine, so if I can save this machine with $100 or less, that would be great. And sorry for the long read.