powerbook g4 boot from dvd issue

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by rayc, Jan 3, 2010.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Jan 3, 2010
    i have a powerbook g4 that is currently running osx leopard 10.5.4 i think.

    It has a password that i apparently forgot and the password hint i set is completely useless.

    i have tried booting from my retail leopard osx disc by pressing c when the powerbook turns on and that has not worked. it fails to boot up for some
    reason. also used a tiger dvd to see if that would work. failed as well.

    i've also tried entering single user mode, but that fails.

    i also think i tried pressing the option button when it starts and that failed.

    at one point i got a screen with an arrow and a blank text field and lock icon.

    what exactly is that?

    any tips on troubleshooting this further? This has been very frustrating.
  2. macrumors 603


    Jul 26, 2004
    Montreal, QC

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