Powerbook booting only with command key

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by live4ever, Jun 5, 2004.

  1. live4ever macrumors 6502a

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    My 15.2" 1.25ghz Powerbook (all stock the SD model) will only boot if I hold down the command key after the chime (but only sometimes). If I don't press it the SD will engage and then the HDD will spin up but then the HDD will spin down. I also am unable to boot from an external FW400 HDD (by holding down Option key)***this is something I need to do***.

    It still does this after I wiped my Panther install and re-installed Jag (I have the upgrade discs) for a while, then I erased and installed Panther (now running 10.3.4) and it still does want to start on its own - so I don't think it's a software issue ('cause of the 2 fresh installs of Jag & Panther).

    However I think it might be something stored in the PRAM or NVRAM and I'd like to know some other ways to reset them.

    I can't reset the PRAM (cmd-opt-P-R) because it shuts down right after I hit the power button or boot into Open Firmware to manually try and reset it.

    So, is there something else I could do (a manual button or something)?

    Please Help,
    -Thanks
     
  2. virividox macrumors 601

    virividox

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    if its still under warrantly take it to the apple store or repair center see if they can sort it out; no need to fix it yourself if you can have ti done by trained technicians
     
  3. live4ever thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Well the problem was the logic board (it getting fixed now). Anyone else have this happen to them? Right now I'm waiting for a new screen, the 1st replacement (for white spots) was damaged during shipping to the dealer.
     

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