Help: Powerbook doesn't complete boot

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by McBain, Nov 17, 2004.

  1. macrumors member

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    #1
    Hi all,

    I just received a 12" Powerbook I bought off eBay. I was told that everything is fine with the computer, and the seller told me that he would be reinstalling the software.

    I just got the computer, and it won't boot. When I start up the computer, it doesn't get past the first screen and stalls with the following error:

    "You need to restart you computer. Hold down the Power button for several seconds or press the Restart button."

    From a quick Google, it seems that this is a kernel panic (I don't know...is it?)

    What do I do about it though?

    Any ideas?
     
  2. macrumors 68020

    idkew

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    #2
    reformat the machine. reinstall os x.

    if that doen't fix it, you may have received a bogus machine.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors member

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    I'd love to. But how do I reinstall if I get the error message as soon as I turn it on?
     
  4. macrumors member

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    The seller should have sent a DVD or a CD with OSX and iLife and stuff on it. Insert the CD and restart the computer while holding the "C" key. then follow the menus to reformat. It's fairly easy if I remember correctly. Oh, and booting from the CD takes a long time, like 4-5 mins, so be patient...:) Good Luck!
     
  5. thread starter macrumors member

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    Problem solved. I reseated the Airport Card and reinstalled all software. I'm posting from the PowerBook right now.

    Thanks to all who replied.
     

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