iBook G4's dead?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by boilingchill, Nov 7, 2008.

  1. boilingchill macrumors newbie

    Nov 7, 2008
    Hello everyone. Forgive my lack of tech knowhow.

    I woke up this morning to find my ibookG4 1.33 (2004) doing this to me:


    Everything seems normal (sounds, chimes) and when it starts up, it changes to a blue screen for a second and then reverts back to the static lines. I belive it actually starts up properly. The only catch is all i get are lines!!!

    I tried using the VGA adapter to connect to another monitor and its the same so i reckon its not the display. I also did the cmd+option A+V and P+R method to no avail. I tried the C Clamp method as well, appying pressure on the left area of the trackpad. Nothing doing.

    I know I'm really silly for not backing up my files and all but all i need is for it to work for about 30 mins for me to back up all my pictures and work (yes yes i'm a sentimental dude) and i can throw it off the 10th storey.

    Any ideas anyone? :(
  2. SuperCompu2 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2006
    As far as file recovery goes, you could try a hard drive removal or Target disk mode. Be sure you have a firewire cable so you can hook it up to another mac to grab the important files if you go the TDM path.
  3. Scottological macrumors member

    Sep 8, 2008
    Denver, CO
    Bring it to the Genius Bar or Geek Squad without delay. And relax. You didn't necessarily experience a catastrophic hard drive failure that results in lost data. You might have, but likely not.
  4. boilingchill thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 7, 2008
    Apologies for sounding really ignorant... but with regards to the hard drive removal, do you suggest literally removing the hardware from the system? Does it become sort of an external HDD then?

    How do i go about the TDM path?

    Again, thanks for all the help. :)
  5. California macrumors 68040


    Aug 21, 2004
    You have the infamous video card problem.

    IS this a 12" or a 14"?

    Your hard drive should be fine.

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