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Mac Powerbook Software Issues

I have a Mac Powerbook G4 Titanium that was given to me because it wasn't working properly. There seems to be a number of software issues and I can't figure out what the real issue is. The biggest problems seem to be with mail and internet explorer. Mail closes without warning and can't really use the program. Internet explorer isn't showing web pages properly, not showing the full page.

I'm running OS X 10.1.5 right now. Would an operating system upgrade solve my problems? Is there a recommended OS upgrade for this computer?

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  • jeffmc Jun 11, 2008

    the other problem is that I don't have the original disks for this computer. Is there a way to do that without them?

  • jeffmc Jun 11, 2008

    No I don't know anyone else running a Mac. Can I make a startup disk from my computer or does that not make any sense at all?

    Mac OS X version 10.1.5

    Memory 1024Mb

    Processor PowerPC G4

  • jeffmc Jun 12, 2008

    I decided to take the plunge and upgrade to OS X 10.5. Unfortunately, I didn't know until I tried installing the software that I couldn't as I was 200mhz shy of the system requirements on my processor speed. Any way around this that you know of?



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chances are you are having a Corrupt OS, you can actually try to trash and reinstall the softwares that is corrupted or update OS to either 10.4 or 10.5... Hope this helps.

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    Edgar Allan Pagayona Jun 11, 2008

    Do you by any chance know someone who is using a mac and have an install disc with them? click on apple icon and click on about this mac and run to me the specifications of your mac and do you have a firewire port?

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    Edgar Allan Pagayona Jun 11, 2008

    or try running this software as well, check this link:


    this will actually clean your cache and run a test on your mac

  • Edgar Allan Pagayona
    Edgar Allan Pagayona Jun 11, 2008

    applejack can actually let you boot without an install disk and run some utility, did you check on the link already? Whats your email address by the way? if you don't mind me asking..

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    Edgar Allan Pagayona Jun 12, 2008

    10.4 or tiger there is try to download the leopard assist from this link, havent tried this though but worth trying click HERE



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