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Ibook G3 frooze, hard kill, now will not start, help!

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Chacala_Nayarit, Nov 19, 2006.

  1. macrumors 6502


    The computer clicks, like: click, click, click...hard drive make normal sound, and than works fine.

    Well, I choose to hold the power button down to force shutdown, and now the power button is now responsive. :(

    In the past couple days, it has took like fifteen minutes to boot. That includes the Grey screen, going to a blue screen and nothing happening. So I force shutdown and reboot, then it goes to login screen and when I click my name, the beachball spins and nothing happens. So I reboot again, it goes directly to my desktop, the beachball spins, and the system starts up. :mad:

    I have an iBook G3 600MHz, 384MB SDRAM, 40GB hard drive (SMART verified, disk premissions fine) and 8GB left. Do I have too many files on my computer? Does the hard drive need defraging? Am I screwed? :confused: :eek:
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    Update, it booted up. I am waiting to see what happens....going to desktop, beach ball spinning, no clicks, OS-X has booted! :)

    Oh, I wish I had the money for a new computer! 470.00 per month in unemployment does not afford even a refurb. :rolleyes:
  3. Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Okay, so it's working normally now? If I were you, I'd verify the drive in Disk Utility. If you're running pre-Tiger, then just go straight to fsck, just to make sure the file system's okay. :)
  4. macrumors regular


    That click sound is the sound of a dying hard drive. I'd do something about backing up quicksmart.
  5. macrumors 6502


    Everything is backed up on DVDs. So how much is a new hard drive? This computer only cost 256.00 shipped on eBay.
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    Thank you. No, it's beyond okay, it sucks. I thought about putting twenty dollars a week in savings, and eventually I will have enough for an Intel Mac.

    I did the command + S at start up and ran /sbin/fsck -fy, the return indicacted it was fine.

    Not sure what the hell is going on. I rebooted from the command line and the system is at the grey screen with Apple and spinning thingy - for the past 7 minutes. Last night it took twenty-two minutes to boot, and the system frooze simply running Camino and Finder. After ten minutes of the beachball spinning, I just hard killed the system and considered selling for parts on eBay.
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    mad jew

    Yeah, I think it's time for a new 2.5" notebook hard drive. Check with this iFixit guide as to whether you want to replace it yourself or get it done by a professional. :)

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