I just discovered a new term. It’s a term I would have preferred not to discover. The term is “Powerbook narcolepsy” and it refers to Mac PowerBooks that randomly shut down. (It’s similar to “MacBook narcolepsy,” another term I’ve just learned.)
Macbook narcolepsy is something you will never see dramatized on an “I’m a Mac, I’m a PC” ad.
I learned about the term when my 17″ Powerbook G4 started randomly shutting down about 24 hours ago. And when I say random, I mean random. It can go for hours — like now, for instance — without shutting down. And then it will shut down every few seconds. Sometimes it merely goes into sleep mode. Other times, it dies. The rexblog director of hackology found a helpful post and comment thread on the CMXtraneous blog with plenty of suggestions on the causes of and treatments for PowerBook narcolepsy.
In the morning, he will try some of the non-invasive remedies we’ve discovered out on the Macosphere. However, he really loves it when fixes involve a screwdriver — the tool, not the drink. As for me, I’m hoping for a magic pill, maybe some iProvigil to treat it.