I unfortunately made the mistake of installing Leopard on my early-2005 12" Powerbook 1.5 Ghz (stock except for a RAM bump to 1.25GB). It had been running fine till then. I've spent the past 1-2 months trying to resuscitate this laptop on the weekends and reading through different help articles, but to no avail. The issues that I'm facing are: It manages to go through the boot process only on rare occasions, works fine till it gets to the password screen, and then hangs as it enters the desktop It mostly hangs on a blue screen after going through the grey screen with the apple logo I cannot boot into the Safe mode at all - I've tried multiple times I cannot boot into verbose mode as well I can boot into Single-user mode. However, once I start the recommended fsck test, it hangs I think because there is no movement beyond the "Checking Catalog" text I tried starting from the Mac OS X Install disc - I have the old Powerbook install disc (10.3) as well as the Leopard install disc (10.5), but neither of them are working. The 10.3 disc despite being the original disc that came with the Powerbook, keeps being ejected out I can get into the Target Drive Mode but it is very very very slow and stutters and I cannot select the 10.5 startup disc even though it is visible there. The 10.3 disc never comes up in the Target Drive Mode Some of the things that I've checked and would like your advice on are: Reset of NVRAM has been done PRAM as well Startup chime comes on most of the time Only one time did the faulty RAM signal come - 3 beeps and then the sleep light kept blinking in some pattern (at least I think it was). This has only happened once The Powerbook has issues with the fan for a long time - its very noisy and once when I opened up the laptop to clean it with some compressed air, I might have scraped off some of the thermal paste. I dont know if overheating is also exacerbating this issue Could it be a problem with the PMU - I can't verify this but in single User Mode it displays an error saying check PMU and states that year is 1904? I don't know if its a problem with the HDD - its a HDD replaced by Apple in 2006 so it is old but before installing Leopard its SMART status was always good. Don't know why it would give out suddenly I have taken it to the local Apple repair centre but they passed it off as being a "logic board issue". I don't really buy that because if it was so - the laptop wouldn't be able to startup, would it? If it is a problem with the HDD how do I confirm that? I have a 2010 Macbook but as I'm facing issues with the Target Disk Mode, don't know if I can connect the two (plus no Firewire on the Macbook) I unfortunately do not have a mirror backup of my Powerbook to try and boot off that as well I would really like to get this Powerbook working again - I love the 12" form factor, the matte screen, the keyboard - I could go on and on. Please do try and help me solve this through - worse comes to worse I dont mind spending a 100 quid in getting a new logic board as well but would prefer to just make do with what I have right now. Thanks for all the help that you can provide!