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Authored by: danp on Mar 23, '04 04:21:40AM

I installed Panther on an old PowerMac 'gigabit ethernet'. It start hanging at random points and I tried everything here except reinstalling system. After two days, was about to reinstall OS9 again when I remembered reading something about a firmware update. Swapped in a OS9 HD from another computer (you have to update from OS9), ran the firmware update and suddenly, no more trouble when back in OSX. So with an old machine, make sure the firmware has been updated before moving to OSX

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Authored by: Zo-1 on Nov 14, '05 02:38:55PM

I want to add to this old thread something I've learned by experience, it's Nov 05 now, since Tiger came out: Want to get up and running fast? Add a New User Account.

After many years of actually liking troubleshooting, am sad to say, it mostly doesn't pay, in Tiger (YMMV) if your time is worth anything.

Create a new account, move everything of yours to that account--except your User Preferences Folder, my sense is, why risk taking the problem with you since it's not a big deal to recreate them--and take over the computer again.

This is a very quick and clean approach, and if it doesn't help, Archive and Install is the next most efficient step. The point is to get running again. I used to care what the problem is. Now I've seen they never reoccur, for me--so I fiddle with things less, and get back to work.

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