Powerbook wont boot

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by tomfrew, Aug 21, 2006.

  1. tomfrew macrumors newbie

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    My powerbook was working fine but i shut i down over night and when i turned it on the next morning it refused to boot. All i got was a grey screen with the folder icon which flash between a question mark and the finder icon.

    I reinstalled OS X but still it wont boot!

    Does ayone have any ideas on what to do
     
  2. Shadow macrumors 68000

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    Hold down the option key and choose "Macintosh HD", or whatever it is called.
     
  3. tomfrew thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have tried but my HDD does not show up
     
  4. Shadow macrumors 68000

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    Boot from Mac OS X Install Disk 1 and try repairing the disk and/or permissions in Disk Utility (its under Utilities).
     
  5. tomfrew thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have also tried that and everything was fine
     
  6. Shadow macrumors 68000

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    Well, since I can't think of anything else, try taking it to an Apple Store. Or, try formatting the HDD and installing OS X. Formatting is in Disk Utility (must be booted from Mac OS X Install Disk 1). If you have any data on the HDD you want to keep, bootup into Firewire Drive Mode, if you have another Mac available.
     
  7. elfin buddy macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry to say it, but it sounds like you've got a dead hard drive. Pretty common with laptops. Hope you have AppleCare and recently backed up your files :eek:
     
  8. tomfrew thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It works now!! i zeroed the hard drive before re-installing OS x and it works fine now. which is lucky because i replaced the HDD not very long ago beacuse it failed!
     
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