Help Required Fixing G4 Powerbook...

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Stan, Feb 17, 2006.

  1. Stan macrumors member

    Sep 1, 2003
    When I boot up my G4 PB, it sticks on the grey screen, at the point before the spinning grey circle appears. I figure that I might be able to fix this with a software restore, but the PB drive is also not reading any disks - it whirrs loudly and spits them out. Anyone know if it is possible to boot the G4 from an external drive, or using an iMac G5? Many thanks.
  2. Stan thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 1, 2003

    All suggestions gratefully received....
  3. Gokhan macrumors 6502a

    Oct 7, 2003

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  4. AstrosFan macrumors 6502


    Jul 26, 2005
    Here's some help from the Apple Support website - specifically talking about what you should do if you boot up & see a blank, grey screen.

    I believe it is possible to boot from an external Firewire drive that has the OS already installed, but I'm not sure about booting from another computer.
    I know that you can hook the computers using Firewire & boot so that the PB shows up as a secondary HD on the iMac. You connect the computers with a firewire cable, then turn on the PB & hold down the "T" key. The computer should then show up as an external disk on the iMac.

    If that all fails, it's time for a call to Apple support, IMO.
    Good luck!

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