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Sep 27, 2007, 07:48 AM
My friend lent me his IBook, but it wont bring up the log in screen. All it shows is a small pc in the middle of screen and then some writing. I would ask my friend for the mac boot cd but he's gone to china for 2 weeks so that impossible.

Heres the writing the came up on the screen, if anyone could identify whether its a hardware or software problem it would be greatly appreciated.

Unresolved kernel trap(cpu 0): 0x300 Data access DSISR=0x40000000 DAR=0x00000000 PC=0x1062286c, MSR=0x00009030
generating stack backtrace prior to panic:

backtrace: 0x1062286c 0x105e7078 0x10622818 0x10622e78 0x001d1fe0 0x001d22ec 0x001cdbfc 0x001d1f50 0x001d21b0 0x001d235c 0x10346904 0x10343178 0x10343068 0x10342c5c 0x001e4fc0 0x10342c10 0x10349200 0x1003fa34 0x105e72c0 0x105e7320 0x10343250 0x1034357c 0x10343068 0x10342cc4 0x10342c5c 0x001e4fc0 0x10342c10 0x10349200
kernel modules in backtrace : com.apple.iokit.IOATAPIProtocol Transport(1.0.0d15)@0x010620000 com.apple.iokit.IOATABlockStorage(1.0.0d14)@0x105e5000 com.apple.iokit.IOATAFamily(1.4.7)@0x1033e000
kernel module dependencies: com.apple.iokit.IOSCSIArchitectureModel(1.0.2)@0x105f6000 com.apple.kernel.libkern(1.0.3)@0x0 com.apple.kernel.iokit(1.0.3)@0x0
Memory access exception (1.0.0)

Waiting for remote debugger connection.

Sep 27, 2007, 09:00 AM
That is a Kernal panic. What kind of iBook is it? That will tell me weather it's a software or hardware issue. Just restart the computer and it should be fixed.

Sep 27, 2007, 09:14 AM
I'm not that good with mac but I can tell you its an IBook G3. I had shut it down and I just turned it back on and it now brings up a folder in the middle of screen which is flashing between the a mac symbol and a question mark. Also I have tried restarting and restarting over an over but it didnt work.

I also try the command + s, command at startup but it didnt work, neither the command + v/command + option + v work and pressing shift doesnt work either. But the option + command + p + r does work.

Sep 27, 2007, 02:31 PM
Ok, your hard drive is bad or the logic board is bad, but Im positive its the hard drive. Go to: www.ifixit.com if you want to replace the hard drive yourself or go to: www.macservice.com (thats the greatest company) for someone to fix it. Good luck!

Sep 27, 2007, 02:50 PM
Thanks for the info. If it was mean I would but since it isnt and I dont want to get into any trouble I leave to him to do. Also when I start it up now, it shows the small pc in the middle of screen and then after a while has a small spinning wheel in the top left corner of screen.

Question, is it possible for me to boot it use a boot disk and get it to work or even reformat the harddrive and see if that works.

Sep 27, 2007, 03:57 PM
Try booting from an OSX install disc (if you can) and running disc utility. Check the SMART status, and run a permissions repair and disc repair. Then try rebooting and see what happens.

Ibook G3s are old enough that their harddrives start to fail simply due to a lack of reallocation blocks (I've had one go through that). This is usually detected by SMART (it will say "failing" or "failed"). You can boot from an OS disc or a firewire drive, though.

Sep 27, 2007, 03:58 PM
By the way, it's probably not the motherboard, as you usually get no info if you the motherboard is failing, it just won't boot or will to a blank screen.

Sep 27, 2007, 05:19 PM
By the way, it's probably not the motherboard, as you usually get no info if you the motherboard is failing, it just won't boot or will to a blank screen.

Yep thats why I thought it was the hard drive.

To the OP: Yes you can boot from another mac; hook up the firewire cable then on the working mac restart holding T down, and then I don't know what happens :D

Sep 27, 2007, 05:30 PM
It shows up as an external firewire drive on the other Mac.

Sep 28, 2007, 09:30 AM
I dont have the OS X cd cause he didnt give it to me. As I tried to run the boot selection at startup it work, cause I got to the selection screen but for some reason, sometimes the harddrive doesnt show up or it shows up and then when I click the next arrow it disappears.

I have download the Ubuntu for Mac and I was wondering if it could be used to help fix the problem I'm having. Also when I startup the IBook it reaches the screen with the small pc in the center of screen and after a while a spinning wheel appear in the top left corner and no matter how long I leave it for, it just stays on that screen.

Sep 28, 2007, 04:33 PM
I don't know; if you know enough about Ubuntu to set up a diagnostic boot disc, go for it. I doubt it'll help much, though, and I don't know if you can fix problems within an OSX install using Ubuntu (they have different kernels).

Do you know anyone with a Mac? I think booting it as a Firewire drive is your best option, though I think based on your last post that it may be a dying drive altogether (though definitely worth finding out).