In < > Steve wrote:
> My daughter's iBook freezes up occasionally (ha!) and she has to do a
> hard restart. After this completes, the clock is set back to 1900 (or
> whatever the default date is). I'm thinking a bad PRAM battery,
> although the iBook is less than a year old. Any other ideas?
This is exactly the purpose of this button. In a typical freeze, all you
actually need is a forced shutdown (just press the power button for few
seconds). My guess is that this should be a better option for your
daughter. Sometimes when PRAM gets messed up, forced shutdown is not
enough - and that is what the separate restart button is for. Just don't
use it - do the forced shutdown instead.

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