Boot issues

bustercaps

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Oct 2, 2006
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need some help.. got an iBook 600Mhz, 640Mb Ram 20Gb Hd, running OS X 10.3

yesterday... after updating my iPOD.. the iBook was running slow, so I rebooted. it hadnt been rebooted for months.. But that wasnt the last reboot. It reboots and gets to a Grey/Blue screen NO SAD MAC and then just sits there... after probably 20mins.. it will come to a login screen and when I do .. it stops and says you have to REBOOT .. and thats it.. keeps going in circles. Anyone have any ideas, they would be greatly appreciated

Thanks
Buster
 

beatsme

macrumors 65816
Oct 6, 2005
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bustercaps said:
need some help.. got an iBook 600Mhz, 640Mb Ram 20Gb Hd, running OS X 10.3

yesterday... after updating my iPOD.. the iBook was running slow, so I rebooted. it hadnt been rebooted for months.. But that wasnt the last reboot. It reboots and gets to a Grey/Blue screen NO SAD MAC and then just sits there... after probably 20mins.. it will come to a login screen and when I do .. it stops and says you have to REBOOT .. and thats it.. keeps going in circles. Anyone have any ideas, they would be greatly appreciated

Thanks
Buster
1) restart while holding down the "Apple" key and the "S" key. That'll put you in Single User Mode
2) type fsck -yf at the prompt and hit return. That'll run the disk utility.
3) keep running disk utility until it says no errors are found
4) type shutdown -r now and hit return. the machine will boot after that

this may fix your problem. Try it and see what happens.
 

bustercaps

macrumors newbie
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Oct 2, 2006
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It won't even boot from the disk.. I tried the APPLE KEY -S and nada.. just keeps the grey screen and the SPINNING BOOT LOGO.. and just stays there.. NOTHING... how hard is it to replace a HD in an iBook
 

aaron.lee2006

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Feb 23, 2006
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It's pretty easy to replace an HD in any notebook. Not sure how user-friendly the iBook is, but just research it and you will find out how. Try iFixit. Not sure if they have anything. Worth a shot.
 

beatsme

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Oct 6, 2005
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bustercaps said:
It won't even boot from the disk.. I tried the APPLE KEY -S and nada.. just keeps the grey screen and the SPINNING BOOT LOGO.. and just stays there.. NOTHING... how hard is it to replace a HD in an iBook
alright, try resetting the firmware:

restart, and hold down the Apple key, the Option key, the letter "O" and the letter "F"

that'll boot you into firmware mode. You should see a white screen.
at the prompt, type in this:
reset-nvram
hit enter, and then type in this
reset-all
hit enter. The machine should restart.

see what that does...

EDIT: incidentally, have you tried to reset the PRAM?