Ibook G4 will not boot past flashing folder

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  1. dmaxgerm macrumors newbie

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    My iBook G4 will not boot even from DVD.
    Boot with option does not show the hard drive, but shows the Tiger dvd.
    Memory access error shows at open boot.
    How can I get this thing to boot?
     
  2. Reflow macrumors 68000

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    Sound like your HDD is bad or came loose in the machine.
     
  3. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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  4. dmaxgerm thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The RAM is seated properly.
    This was working fine until I decided to do a clean upgrade to10.4.11
     
  5. dmaxgerm thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I tried booting using external USB drive, but does not show up either.
     
  6. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    Have you tried reseting the PRAM? Boot the computer while holding command+option+P+R until you hear the startup chime a second time.
     
  7. Str8edgepunker macrumors 6502

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    Either that, or there's some corrupt data on the drive preventing it from being bootable. That could prevent it from starting up and showing in the menu. Personally, I'd try booting the thing up in target disk mode and see if I can connect it to another computer.
     
  8. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    Str8edgepunker, I think this rules out that possibility:

     
  9. California macrumors 68040

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    Re install Tiger. There is some issue with 10.4.11 on PPC machines. I don't get it, but some people have had problems on G4s and G5s with 10.4.11
     
  10. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    Oh, I see. You tried using a USB hard drive... not sure how I missed that the first time around. I don't believe the iBook G4 is able to boot from USB hard drives, only FireWire. You said you could boot from the install DVD? Does it boot fully?
     
  11. dmaxgerm thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It does not boot at all. from OS dvd it goes to open firmware prompt with memory access error


     
  12. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    In that case, it sounds like a memory issue. Try removing the stick altogether; your iBook should have 256 or 512 MB onboard.
     

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