Booting Issues on Powerbook G4

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Napier, Mar 20, 2008.

  1. Napier macrumors newbie

    Mar 20, 2008
    I've got a Powerbook G4 that has a booting issue. I will hear the startup "dong" a whirl of the drive, then it doesn't go to the grey screen with the Apple. It just sits there with a black screen.

    If I wait a few hours and try it, sometimes it starts up fine, or sometimes it will sit on the grey screen with the Apple symbol and do nothing.

    If it does boot correctly, none of the USB ports work. Any ideas on if its worth trying to repair since its 2 and a half years old and I didn't get the Apple Extended Service plan?
  2. deadpixels macrumors 6502a


    Oct 30, 2006
    you should run a hardware test (using install DVD) before giving up on it, it might tell you if your USB ports are fried or not.
  3. Napier thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 20, 2008
    I've been trying to reboot it with the Option/Command/R/P pressed down, but since its so hard to predict when its going to reboot or not, when I finally get it started I never have the buttons pressed.

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