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Sawtooth problems....
Posted by: pokari
Date: November 08, 2006 09:32AM
I installed a new DVD burner in my Sawtooth and since then things have been going haywire. Very consistantly, but randomly, the computer shuts down and says this "You need to restart your computer. Hold down the Power button for several seconds or press the Restart button."
I have two hard drives in it and the slave drive quite working so I replaced it with another I had from a PC. I reformatted it but I guess the karma from the PC drive is taking over the computer!! smiling smiley
HELP!!!
I ran Disk Warrior and Tech Tools and everfythingseems to be running fine.

pokari



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/08/2006 09:33AM by pokari.
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Re: Sawtooth problems....
Posted by: BigGuynRusty
Date: November 08, 2006 09:35AM
Kernel Panic!
More Info Please!:

OSX Version
HD's?
RAM?
PCI Cards?
All your hardware.

BGnR



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Re: Sawtooth problems....
Posted by: pokari
Date: November 08, 2006 09:38AM
System 10.3.9
HD: Original HD and a 80GB Seagate
Ram: 896 MB
PCI Cards: None
DVD burner: NEC 3550A
Wireless Mouse and Keyboard
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Re: Sawtooth problems....
Posted by: blusubaru
Date: November 08, 2006 09:57AM
Did you set jumper settings properly on the second hard drive that you installed?
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Re: Sawtooth problems....
Posted by: JoeH
Date: November 08, 2006 10:00AM
I would check to make certain none of the pins on the drives have been bent, and that the ribbon cable is fully seated. Beyond that, repeated flexing can crack a wire in the ribbon cable, try replacing it with a known good one. This can be an intermittent erro as the cable expands and contracts due to changin temperatures. Other trouble shooting steps include reseating RAM, other cables, and any cards. In your case that is just the video card.



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Re: Sawtooth problems....
Posted by: graham1352
Date: November 08, 2006 10:16AM
Check that the power cable to the DVD drive wasnt pinched in the install process,
I pinched mine and had similar problems.

BG
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Re: Sawtooth problems....
Posted by: macaroo
Date: November 08, 2006 12:04PM
It sounds to me like you may have over loaded the power supply. That's a lot of equipment internally for the 200W P.S.
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Re: Sawtooth problems....
Posted by: MacMagus
Date: November 08, 2006 02:50PM
That's not so many drives as would stress the power supply. The drive-swapping might be a red herring, but it could indicate a bent pin or faulty cable.

'Not certain what's going on, but the first step in troubleshooting at times like these is to simplify as much as possible until you get a stable machine and then connect things one at a time until the problem is reintroduces, at which point you have your culprit.

Start by disconnecting EVERY drive except your startup drive. Also, make sure that all FireWire and USB devices except your mouse and keyboard are disconnected (if you have an Apple USB mouse and keyboard to use instead of the wireless kbd and mouse, use those instead of the wireless ones).

Later, after you're certain that your Mac is running well, add ONE drive at a time back to the Mac and run for awhile with that device connected to ensure that it's not causing your panics. Before you connect a drive, inspect it for bent pins and make sure that the jumpers are set properly for it to be Master or Slave. Do not use a Cable Select setting and double-check that your IDE cables do not say "cable select."

If you have the hardware test CD that came with your Mac, boot from it and run the extended tests.



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 11/08/2006 02:52PM by MacMagus.
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Re: Sawtooth problems....
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: November 08, 2006 10:57PM
Until recently I had three HDs and a DVR-106 in my Sawtooth. No problems at all with that combination.
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