PowerBook Problems

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    iMacSE500

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    My PowerBook G4 (15" 1.67Ghz) is currently on the fritz. I replaced the HD and now it is having problems starting up. I tried to start up the machine off of the install CDs (holding c) but the screen remained black (I hear the start up chime). I finally got it to boot off of the CD but the computer did not recognize the new HD. When I formatted the drive with the disk utility (Mac OS Extended/Journal), the install recognized the disk but there was a red ! saying this drive will not work. So I decided to restart the computer, at which I am back to the black screen and not booting off of the cd drive.

    Thanks for any help.
     
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    iLog.Genius

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    It could be the computer not liking the HDD. Would you have the old HDD still on hand? You might want to try the old HDD and see if everything boots smoothly. If you don't have the old HDD (dead), make sure that the new HDD is compatible. Do you get any preboot icons or beeps?
     
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    clyde2801

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    If you've got the original cd's, try the apple hardware test.
     
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    iMacSE500

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    The old HD was dead (which I was I replaced it). I will try out the hardware test CDs. Could this be a bad logic board? Also, how do I make sure the new HDD is compatible? It was the same size at type (Ultra ATA100) as the old drive.

    Edit: Just got the computer to boot off the install disks. Currently in the process of installing OS X.
     
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    clyde2801

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    Cool. What kind of hard drive did you use? I had my original 80 gig replaced with a 250 gig wd, and it runs swiftly and quietly.
     
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    iMacSE500

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    I got to the end of the install process and it asked me to restart the computer, which I did. However, it would not restart (only saw the black screen). I shut down the computer (forced) and tried to reboot. I hear the start up chime but once again am only greeted with a black screen. Any ideas on what is going on. I feel like the HDD is no longer the problem.
     
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    clyde2801

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    Did you try the apple hardware test?
     
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    iMacSE500

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    I can only find my first install disk and a black Tiger disk which came with the computer. Not that it really matters because my current install disk is stuck in the drive and will not eject because the computer is not starting back up.
     
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    clyde2801

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    Crap. I'm trying to remember what the key combination is for having the machine spit out the disk upon startup is.

    Have you tried unplugging the power cable and unseating the battery before you tried starting it back up?
     

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