12" Powerbook G4 Startup Problem! Help!

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by zenvision, Jul 19, 2008.

  1. zenvision macrumors regular

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    I have a problem...my 12" Powerbook G4 doesn't start up properly at the moment. I turn it on, I can hear the chime, and the screen goes grey but then does nothing...I've tried holding down C while starting up too, but still nothing happens, just the grey screen

    Any ideas? Thanks!
     
  2. chas0001 macrumors 6502a

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    Holding down C will boot from the DVD drive. I assume that you put the Restore DVD in first.

    What happens when you hold down the LEFT ALT (option) key during a boot. Does it list the devices you can boot from.
     
  3. zenvision thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the tip, I tried that and two buttons appeared on screen; one with a curved arrow and one with a straight arrow. The cursor (a watch) was moveable for a few seconds and I tried clicking one of the buttons but nothing happened, and then it froze.

    I don't have the DVD for the startup :(

    Any suggestions? Thank you.
     
  4. chas0001 macrumors 6502a

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    Sounds like you have a problem with the hard drive. The only way to verify this is to try and boot from either the Powerbook Restore DVD or from a Tiger Install DVD or a Leopard Install DVD.
     
  5. chas0001 macrumors 6502a

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    Alternatively you can connect the Powerbook to another MAC via a firewire cable and then Start the Powerbook in Target Disk mode (hold down the T when booting).

    You should then be able to see the hard drive and see if it needs repairing in disk utility.
     
  6. zenvision thread starter macrumors regular

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    thanks for the suggestions. i tried connecting it via firewire and starting it in target disk mode, but nothing came up on my mbp :/

    also, i can't use any install dvd's/cd's as the drive doesn't work anyway...

    any other options?
     

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