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Floppy & CD Freeze my PowerBase180, 603e
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Dec 24, 1999, 03:21 AM
Many of my floppy disks and CDs freeze my computer at insertion.

The floppy drive rotates just a little and then stops which is the beginning of the freeze. I am forced to do a hard restart with the restart button on the CPU box. What is the problem? What is the solution?

Also, the PowerBase is unable to format to DOS (so I can use the disk with the Sony Mavica digital camera) and floppies that I format in DOS at an Apple baige G3 also freeze it.

The CD drive does almost the same thing. Almost any inserted CD freezes the drive after it turns a couple of times. Strangely, the machine plays music CDs while it is otherwise frozen. I am able, however, to boot up off of a startup CD. What is the problem? What is the solution?

Is it a hardware problem or is it software or both? In addition to the normal native extensions, I have several 3d party extensions in the Sys. Folder.
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Dec 26, 1999, 05:28 PM
Zap your PRAM by holding down Command(apple key), option, p, r keys while booting. The system will do the startup chime again if successful. Continue to hold down those keys until your system chimes 2 more times. This clears the parameter ram which holds settings for control panels among other things.

Rebuild your desktop by holding down Command (apple key) and option before your hard drive icon appears on the desktop on bootup. It will ask you if your want to rebuild the desktop. Tell it yes for this and every other drive it asks about.

If this does not clear your problem immediately, try booting off the System CD-ROM by holding down C while restarting with the System CD-ROM in the drive. If you can access floppies fine from this boot, then reinstall your system. If the problem is still gone, add back your third party extensions slowly to see if one is causing a problem.

If you still have problems after all this, I would say you have a hardware issue of some sort.

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