iBook won't boot past gray screen

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  1. jolo, Dec 30, 2010
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2010

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    I'm trying to resurrect an iBook (translucent white case, 14.1 LCD) that was long neglected, so not sure on its past service history. The following do NOT work:
    - won't boot up past the gray screen with Apple logo and spinning gear icon (just hangs)
    - same problem if I try to boot from install DVD ("c" or using "option" then selecting DVD)
    - same problem with safe boot with "shift"
    - reset PRAM

    It will connect via firewire target disk mode to another computer, and I used that to completely wipe the disk and do a clean install of 10.5.

    When I tried booting into single-user mode (cmd-s), it fills about 2/3 of the screen with normal-looking messages, but then hangs after this (no keyboard response):
    Got boot device = IOService... [various other stuff]
    BSD root: disk0s6, major 14, minor 5


    I'm out of ideas. Any suggestions? The machine is old enough that it's probably not worth the diagnostic fee of the local Apple shop. Since I can't get it to boot, I can't even run TechTools.

    Thanks,
    Joseph
     
  2. 4JNA, Dec 30, 2010
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    sounds like an 'ice book' g3 system, where the outer shell is a clear layer over the white insides. if that's the case, the problem is that 10.5 isn't supported on any g3 systems.

    try 10.4 or 10.3 and i bet it works fine. best of luck.
     
  3. macrumors newbie

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    Genius!

    Argh, you're right. In fact, after wasting a whole week trying everything else, and finally giving up and posting that question, I went away to a long lunch. I was sitting there chewing on my sandwich, when suddenly I realized, that computer is probably so old that it won't run 10.5. Sigh, came back and popped in 10.3, now it's working fine.

    Next time, I'll ask sooner. :)

    Thanks!
    Joseph
     
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    lol!

    Glad it works.
     
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    I'm having the exact same problem! Can anyone tell me where i can download a version of 10.3?
     

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