Note: When I boot up in safe mode, this problem doesn't happen. Only, safe mode's no good because I can't connect to the internet.
When I turn on and log into my g3, everything works just fine and goes lightning-fast--finder, word, safari, etc. But only for about ten minutes at the most. It slows down and slows down and slowwwws down until all I get is the rainbow pinwheel thingy, and I have to shut my g3 down by force.
I know the thing is old, but it worked perfectly until a month ago, and it still goes really fast and does everything I need...until I get this problem after ten or so minutes.
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Re: My ibook g3 running slow
If you have the original Install CDs that came with the iBook put in
Install Disk 1. When the Menu Bar appears go to Disk Utility (under file manu). Choose your HD and look for
the S.M.A.R.T. status. It should be Verified. Then choose Repair
Permissions. After that is done choose Repair Disk.
If none of this works find the Hardware Test Disk and run that.
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Probably last owner had experiment with installing windows on iBook something that apple does not support until now. You can solve this by buying a genuine copy of macintosh (should not be more than 10-20 bucks on ebay for this is a kinda old version not sure which one though) and reinstall it basically from the begining.
First, boot into Safe Mode (Repeatedly tap the F8 key while the system is booting, before the windows logo appears) A Menu will pop up, press Boot Into Safe Mode. From there you can try a System Restore to a known good date.
System Restore - Click Start -> Control Panel -> On the top right, type "System Restore" without the quotes. Click on "Restore system files and settings from a restore point". You can choose the recommended restore or a specific date.
The other option is to boot into "Last Known Good Configuration". To do this, use the F8 trick again while booting, but instead of Safe Mode choose "Last Known Good Configuration".
Please note that either of these run a risk of some data being lost from the time the restore point was made. You "shouldn't" lose anything but just want to make you aware. If this helps please give a good rating. Thanks.
Many iBook G3s came with optical drives for CDs only, not DVDs; and the decoding software for many of today's popular video formats runs extremely slow on all G3 processors. It's not clear that there is anything wrong with your computer other than its age. The first iBook G3 models were ten years old last February.
The G3 iMac clamshell speaks 802.11b wireless signal only. If your router is an 802.11n router, this symptom is known to occur, especially if you have any level of encryption (WEP, WPA, WPA2) on your router signal. Try temporarily turning the encryption off on your router and disabling N mode (set to G mode only) and see if this solves your problem. If so, obviously you don't want to leave your router unencrypted, but you may have to leave it set to G mode as long as you want your clamshell to be able to access it.
I'm sorry that you have an ibook g3 but it's good that you are new to mac, there is still time to change.
However, neither of these are the cause of your problem.
You'll need to give your computer the correct password for the "router" that you are trying to access.
Hi, Sorry you are having trouble,
Sounds to me like you're going to have to re-open that puppy and check all the connections, sometimes, when putting it back together, some cables are stretched and come un plugged...
Be careful, go slow...
One more thing to try is a little know power management kuda switch on some macs. On some Ibooks if the keyboard lifts off look for a little red or green button. If you can find it remove the battery and all power let sit for 20 minutes then press that button for about 15 seconds. That puts the power management processor back to factory settings. If it doesn't have the kuda switch remove all power like before and hold down the start button for the same time. My guess is it isn't the main cpu or it wouldn't boot, it will shut down if it gets to hot though. Make sure your fan is working to eliminate it being that.