iBook G4 dead :(

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by russellelly, Jul 27, 2008.

  1. russellelly macrumors regular

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    My iBook G4 is refusing to turn on. Yesterday it started going really slow and pressing the power button wasn't bringing up the usual options, so I held the power button to switch it off. On turning it back on it got stuck on the screen with the Apple logo and spinner for a long time so again I powered it off with the holding of the button. I then let it cool down (it was really hot) but now when I switch it on the spinner spins around 6 times then it turns itself off. It is still chiming.

    I'm away from home and don't have any discs - anything I can try or is it time for the Genius bar?

    Any help much appreciated.
     
  2. cogsinister macrumors 6502a

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    Give it up..........buy a MB or something.........
     
  3. Insulin Junkie macrumors 65816

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    Offhand I'd say it's time for the genius bar.
     
  4. Elven macrumors 6502a

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    I reckon the HD, personally I'd give up sell it for bits and move on to something more modern.
     
  5. cogsinister macrumors 6502a

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    Or could be the logic board on the way out, sounds very like my old PB 12 inch before it died of logic board failure.......
     
  6. tibi08 macrumors 6502a

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    But the bits aren't worth anything
     
  7. cogsinister macrumors 6502a

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    You would be surprised, remember i sold my Sony Vaio on Ebay in bits and it brought a good bit if i remember correctly..........
     
  8. tibi08 macrumors 6502a

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    What, £1.50?

    To the OP - I think you will need to try and recover it when you are back at home with your discs....
     
  9. cogsinister macrumors 6502a

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    Its a while ago now, but i think i got 40 quid for the dead 16 inch TFT screen.....and the miserable sod never left me feedback, cant remember what i got for the other bits........

    That Vaio was a complete and very expensive waste of time.......
     
  10. Elven macrumors 6502a

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  11. tsice19 macrumors 6502a

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    +1 for sell it on eBay for parts and upgrade to something current.

    It's not worth fixing a PPC laptop... Keep in mind that after your G4, there were G5s, and Intel Core Duos, and, now Intel Core 2 Duos. Plus with 10.6 I doubt you will be supported.
     
  12. Skeletal-dæmon macrumors 6502

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    I have to agree with most people here, generally when it dies during boot then something very important is amiss. I'd give restoration a go though, but if it won't restore then theres probably little hope for it even if you visit the genius Bar.

    Try sucking everything off of it in FW Target Disk mode to another Mac. If the iBook won't even boot to target mode its probably dead beyond resurrection.

    Strip it, take out the HDD and try to get anything you can off of it before destroying it (or just take a strong magnet to it, my old iMac HDD looks kinda cool on my desk, its on an acrylic stand I made when I was bored) and see if anybody on eBay wants parts.

    I'd say the screen, keyboard and optical drive will be the most likely to sell parts, as there is still (albeit limited) demand for them from other iBook users who don't want to let go and join the Intel crowd.
     
  13. iDAG macrumors 65816

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    According to the OP's sig, his iBook G4 is only a 800MHz processor. I thought Leopard needed a 867MHz G4 or higher to run...
     
  14. russellelly thread starter macrumors regular

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    There's a workaround to get Leoperd running on slower G4s. It's been running fine for months.

    Thanks for all the replies. Luckily there's nothing important on it, so that's not an issue. My iMac is my main computer, the iBook's only really used for Internet browsing and DVD playback, both of which there's no need for anything much faster (for me). Will consider a MacBook or cheapo laptop I can run Linux on if it's beyond repair. Will pay a visit to the geniuses and take it from there. Thanks again to those who replied :)
     

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