Good way to wipe a HD on a Powerbook G4 with graphics problems?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Rampant.A.I., Oct 15, 2009.

  1. macrumors 6502a

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    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?
     
  2. macrumors regular

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    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.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Cool. I guess I'll google target disk mode!
     
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    maflynn

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    If you're having GPU issues, I don't think wiping the system and reinstalling the OS will help you.
     
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    sushi

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    I draw your attention to the OPs original comment:

    I highlighted some text since you missed it on the first go. :)
     
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    Try resetting the PRAM if you haven't yet.
     

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