View Full Version : PowerBook G4...gone

Dec 26, 2006, 03:17 PM
I just tried to restart my PowerBook G4 and...it won't turn back on. I installed some security update...would that have anything to do with it? It turns on, plays the chime, and the apple logo shows up and the hard drive spins and then the little scroll thing comes on the screen and the hard drive turns off and the screen goes black. What can I do? Is Applecare the only option?

Dec 26, 2006, 03:42 PM
It's trouble shootin' time!

First, Reset everything, PRAM, NVRAM, or anything else you can find to reset.
Second, Boot from install cd, go to disk utilities and repair permissions on your powerbooks hard drive.
Then report back if that dosent work.

Dec 27, 2006, 10:59 PM
I booted from the installer disk and ran disk repair and it came up with this :

Verify and Repair disk "Macintosh HD"
Checking HFS Plus volume
Checking Extents Overflow file
Checking Catalog file
Overlapped extent allocation (file 946191d)
Overlapped extent allocation (file 946191d)
Overlapped extent allocation (file 3277182d)
Checking multi-linked files
Checking Catalog hierarchy
Checking volume bitmap
Checking volume information
*Invalid volume free block count*
(It should be 2515789 instead of 2515802(
*Volume header needs minor repair*
~Repairing volume~
*The volume Macintosh HD could not be repaired*

**Error: The underlying task reported failure on exit**

1 HFS volume checked
**1 volume could not be repaired because of an error**
Repair attempted on 1 volume
**1 volume could not be repaired**

(I typed the entire thing on my sidekick)

what do I do now? :(

Dec 27, 2006, 11:04 PM
some suggestions:

1 access your computer's hard drive through a friend's Mac (via FW or actually removing it and attaching via cables) to recover contents then start over

2 forget about your stuff (or if you have it backed up already (which is better)) and try reinstalling OSX from the restore DVDs/CDs

3 take it to the Apple store

Dec 28, 2006, 06:40 AM
If you have data on the disk that you would like to recover you should invest in a copy of Alsoft's "DiskWarrior" it can recover most of your data from even the most hsed disk. I personally would never leave home without it.

Dec 28, 2006, 11:42 AM
Oh thank you all so much! I was able to get all of the stuff I wanted/needed off my hard drive (although I now realized that all of my non-music iTunes purchases are gone) and am reinstalling OS x now. Thanks!!