iBook problem

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by jkaz, Jun 8, 2005.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Feb 3, 2004
    Upper Mid West
    i've been using my ibook(g3 600) as a hub for a scanner and color inkjet printer.

    it's acting up now.

    i walked into it's room and heard it clicking, kinda like a clock.

    i hard shutdown, turned it on, it started clicking again the same way and then boots into a grey screen (clicking quits) and at the middle of the screen is a folder with question mark flashing intermittantly with a half face/half face finder logo.

    anyone got some help for me?

    thanks :()
  2. macrumors 65816


    Oct 9, 2002
    Sounds like your harddrive has just crapped out on you. Sorry.

    Run the Hardware Test CD or boot up with your OS X CDs and run Disk Utilities to check your HDD.

    (FYI, the question mark/happy face thingy means no system disk found)
  3. macrumors 65816


    Sep 4, 2002
    Near a Mac since 1993.
    Sounds like you HD flew south.

    If you're interested I have 2 for sale, a 15GB and a 20GB.

  4. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 3, 2004
    Upper Mid West
    thank you for the response.

    the noise is coming from the left side too, if that matters..

    if it is indeed the hard drive, was i potentially doing anything to decrease it's life?

    what are common causes of hard drive crash?

    could i hook up and boot off a firewire drive?

    does any of this mean my laptop as a whole is in trouble?

    thanks :()
  5. macrumors regular

    Quartz Extreme

    Jun 9, 2005
    Outside of the box
    Yes, you can boot off of a FireWire Drive.

    No, the laptop as a whole is most likely alright.
  6. macrumors 65816


    Jan 21, 2005
    Massachusetts, Connecticut
    Yup, it's the HD.

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