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Rampant.A.I.
Oct 15, 2009, 09:15 PM
I have a Powerbook G4 with what I believe is a graphics card problem: the display is covered with ASCII symbols on startup, and the problem gets worse as you move the mouse around.

I don't know what happened to the original install disks that came with the computer, so I'm looking for the best way to remove data from the HD before I sell it.

Target Disk Mode? Other good ideas?



eatbacon
Oct 15, 2009, 09:42 PM
Target disk mode is your best bet as long as you have another mac around. Only other real option I see is removing the hard drive and using an external enclosure and IIRC with older powerbooks, this is a PITA.

Rampant.A.I.
Oct 16, 2009, 03:39 AM
Cool. I guess I'll google target disk mode!

sushi
Oct 16, 2009, 03:49 AM
You might find this page (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1661) handy.

maflynn
Oct 16, 2009, 08:34 AM
If you're having GPU issues, I don't think wiping the system and reinstalling the OS will help you.

sushi
Oct 16, 2009, 08:36 AM
If you're having GPU issues, I don't think wiping the system and reinstalling the OS will help you.
I draw your attention to the OPs original comment:

I don't know what happened to the original install disks that came with the computer, so I'm looking for the best way to remove data from the HD before I sell it.
I highlighted some text since you missed it on the first go. :)

madog
Oct 16, 2009, 10:00 AM
Try resetting the PRAM if you haven't yet.