startup boot problems

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by pidike, May 11, 2006.

  1. pidike macrumors newbie

    May 11, 2006
    I changed the startup device in my mac (powerbook G4) to my external firewire harddrive. anyhow is not booting and know I want to boot in my regular os x hard drive instead of that stupid linux crap i was trying anyhow how do i boot back into os x as my startup disk. Also my built in cd rom drive does not work but I do have an external one. can you guys please help
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    If you unplug the external drive, it should boot straight into the OS installed on the internal drive, depending on how you changed the boot drive sequence. Did you use System Preferences to make this change? :)
  3. pidike thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 11, 2006
    thanks but itried that

    when i tried that it still did not boot the regular os and i did use the system preferences panel
  4. iGary Guest


    May 26, 2004
    Randy's House
    Hold down the option key while booting - this should let you change the drive.
  5. pidike thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 11, 2006

    nonetheless, it turns out that my video broke and i would to have to replace the motherboard, but i could still use my mac if i use an external display for the time being.
  6. disconap macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2005
    Portland, OR
    Did hardware test tell you it was broken? It could be something simpler, if you don't mind rooting around in your laptop (like a bad feed [sort of like a chord, buit smaller] or something)...

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