View Full Version : My iMac G4 won't boot up...(help please!!!)

Mar 21, 2006, 12:51 AM
Hey everyone,

My iMac G4 won't boot up...I turn on the computer and it goes to a gray screen and a clicking sound comes from the computer. EVENTUALLY, after many times of turning it off and then back on I get it to go to a gray screen with the Mac OS symbol (the little double smiley-faced emblem) that switches back and forth with a folder with a question mark on it.

I tried using the start-up discs as well as the Tiger disc to reinstall, but none of them work. A couple of times I made it to the install screen, but the hard drive never appears for me to install this on.

If anyone could help I would be much appreciative...

mad jew
Mar 21, 2006, 01:30 AM
Does starting from the OSX disks always work or just some of the time. This sounds like a pretty classic dead hard drive. :(

If it is, the best way to recover your data is to try Target Disk Mode (http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=58583). :)