iBook G4 Hard Drive Broken?

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  1. Forthehorde macrumors newbie

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    Hello all
    So the other day I went and bought myself a iBook G4 from a yard sale,I know I know never buy from a private user because you'll get jipped. But it was 25.00 so I figured what the heck,after I got home and charged it up for a bit I turned it on,It took about a 1-2 min to load the apple logo,then it loaded the "loading wheel",and this went on for about 5 minutes,before the screen went black and the laptop made the "chime" noise it makes when it's starting up again,so does anyone know if this maybe a hardware issue? Maybe the hard drive is blown?
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

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    You may just need to reinstall Mac OS X. Do you have a Tiger or Leopard installation disc for it?
     
  3. Forthehorde thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have the disc,but when I press c It loads as if there is no disc in the drive
     
  4. Intell macrumors P6

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    Press Option instead of C. C at boot isn't always reliable and Option provides more feedback.
     
  5. Forthehorde thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I tried that and it's still doing the same thing :\
     
  6. Intell macrumors P6

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    If you start the machine up by pressing and holding Command-V to enter verbose mode, what lines does it repeat, get stuck on, or reboot at?
     
  7. Forthehorde thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Nothing it just keeps going to the loading screen then reseting
     
  8. Intell macrumors P6

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    Which CD are you trying to get it to boot from?
     
  9. Forthehorde thread starter macrumors newbie

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    A fresh copy of I believe it's called Mac Os X Panther
     
  10. Altemose macrumors G3

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    Only the original iBook G4 can boot from straight 10.3. Later models required 10.3.3, 10.3.7, or 10.4.2 restore disks depending on model.
     

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