Well, a little over 24 hours ago my Powerbook went to sleep and would not wake up. Nothing I could do could make it even open an eye. Well, until I did something Ivan advised, and let it sit overnight with no power and no battery. Then in the morning it came on again.... until it went back to sleep again, and then once again I could not get it to wake up. Seems after going to sleep, the only way to wake it up again is to depower it for several hours (looks like at least 3).
I took it to the Apple store about 4 hours ago. They think it is probably the Power Management Unit. (Makes sense.) But they can't verify without taking it apart, and because they would probably need to order parts, they couldn't ensure that I would have it back before I have to leave Florida. So I put a case in the system, and will be taking it to the Apple Store in PA instead Saturday morning.
In the mean time, I got the machine up and running again, and set the energy controls to not allow the machine to go to sleep at all and I am keeping it plugged in. That will hopefully keep it up and running until I leave town.
Having said that though, my acess to my machine may be unreliable for the next couple days, and once I take it for Service on Saturday, I may be without it for up to a week. I am going to go through major withdrawal. (Although I should be packing that whole time anyway.)
In any case, email may not be a fully reliable way to reach me for the next week and a half. Feel free to call if you need to talk to me. I'll be occationally checking my email on other computers via the web, but I often miss things that way, and almost never answer email that way. So really, feel free to call. :-)
Now, I just need to get a few things done that I need the computer for before I send it for service. (And do a full backup, just in case.) But right now... it is way past my bedtime. So time to snooze.
Wish me luck on getting this thing repaired! I do want a new machine, but with everything else going on this month, this is not a good time for that! I'm crossing my fingers for a relatively cheap repair!