Problems wiping Powerbook HD - blue screen and kernel panics

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by sigmadog, Apr 13, 2009.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    sigmadog

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    #1
    Prior to putting it up for sale, I'm trying to wipe the Hard Drive of a PowerBook (15" / 1.67 GHZ / 2GB RAM) but I'm having no luck using my OS 10.4 install DVD.

    When I set the "Startup Disk" in the preferences to use the DVD, the computer spins up for a while, then hangs with a blue screen.

    If I hold the shift key when starting, I get a Kernel Panic.

    I've tried several times each way. The computer starts up just fine using the hard drive.

    I've tried resetting the PRAM. No joy.

    I've tried older versions of OSX install cd's (10.2 / 10.3). No joy.

    I've used the install DVD/cd's to re-format other laptops, so I know they work. The problem appears to be with this computer only. But I'm out of ideas.

    Any thoughts?
     
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    iLog.Genius

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    If you're trying to boot and regardless of how you do it and you're getting Kernel Panic's, then there has to be a hardware failure somewhere.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    sigmadog

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    My gut tells me it might be RAM, as that was the problem on my old G4 desktop. Guess I'll check that first.
     

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