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Fix for "Sleep of Death"?

Message #1 - Posted 2005/09/03 - Dennis Clark

I've bombarded the Apple discussion boards on this to no avail - it is as though Apple does not believe that it exists...

I have an "flavored" iBook G3/300 that I got for my little one. Shortly after getting this unit it started to spontaneously go to sleep immediately after booting up (or waking up for that matter.) After dozens of reboots I managed to get OS 9.1 installed (it has OS 9 on it), but no dice, it still happened. I zapped the PRAM, reset the PMU and turned off ALL energy saving options. I even started it with all extensions turned off - Still the problem occurs. I get a few reboots from it without going to sleep after I do a PMU reset, but the problem always comes back.

Has anyone solved this problem or even know what is going on? I've been thinking of dropping the change and actually paying for an Apple service call, but others that have done this have never gotten the problem solved and I'm hesitant to spend the money for nothing.

Is there any fix at all for this?
DLC

-- ============================================================================ * Dennis Clark dlc@frii.com www.techtoystoday.com * * "Programming and Customizing the OOPic Microcontroller" Mcgraw-Hill 2003 * ============================================================================

Message #2 - Posted 2005/09/03 - Ernie Klein

Previously, Dennis Clark wrote:

I've bombarded the Apple discussion boards on this to no avail - it is as though Apple does not believe that it exists...

I have an "flavored" iBook G3/300 that I got for my little one. Shortly after getting this unit it started to spontaneously go to sleep immediately after booting up (or waking up for that matter.) After dozens of reboots I managed to get OS 9.1 installed (it has OS 9 on it), but no dice, it still happened. I zapped the PRAM, reset the PMU and turned off ALL energy saving options. I even started it with all extensions turned off - Still the problem occurs. I get a few reboots from it without going to sleep after I do a PMU reset, but the problem always comes back.

Has anyone solved this problem or even know what is going on? I've been thinking of dropping the change and actually paying for an Apple service call, but others that have done this have never gotten the problem solved and I'm hesitant to spend the money for nothing.

Is there any fix at all for this?

Maybe it's so obvious that you didn't mention it, but have you replaced the PRAM battery?

This could be a firmware (corruption) problem.
Have you installed the latest firmware, I think it is 4.9.1?

Otherwise, I have never heard of the problem as you describe it. It may well be a motherboard hardware problem, but I would try reloading the firmware first.

-Ernie-

"There are only two kinds of computer users -- those who have suffered a catastrophic hard drive failure, and those who will."

Have you done your backup today?

Message #3 - Posted 2005/09/03 - Bob Allison

Previously, Dennis Clark wrote:

I have an "flavored" iBook G3/300 that I got for my little one. Shortly after getting this unit it started to spontaneously go to sleep immediately after booting up (or waking up for that matter.)

Is there a chance that the switch that puts it to sleep when the cover is closed is stuck in the lid shut position?

Rap is to music what Etch-a-Sketch is to art.

Bob
in Carmel, CA

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