G4 iBook will not start up (clicking HDD)

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by arcsbite, Mar 18, 2006.

  1. arcsbite Guest

    Jan 14, 2006
    sat here with a G4 ibook and I can't get her to start up, the HDD is clicking quietly but won't get going.
    it's not a loud clicking and I don't think the drive has crashed :confused:

    have tried hooking it up to my mac and setting it as a target disk, the firewire logo comes up, but nothing is mounted and the the drive is still quiet...any ideas?

  2. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    Will it startup from your Mac OS X DVD? If it doesn't do that then there is a real problem. I don't know what a laptop HD dying sounds like, but I guess it is a possibility the drive has died. How old of a G4 is it?

    I figure boot up on your OS X DVD, and do a disk utility check on it.

    EDIT: I saw how old the G4 is in your Sig. , yeah the disk should definitely not be dead.

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