imac G4 startup problem

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by aminor, May 5, 2011.

  1. aminor macrumors newbie

    May 5, 2011
    imac PowerMac G4 circa 2004 running OS 10.5.8. I was upgrading software when power went off, battery backup died and computer turned off. Since then when I try to boot it does not chirp, but goes to apple logo, then to the black "You Must Restart" multi language screen. it will boot in safe mode and run some of my programs, and will boot from backup external drive. When I try to run DiskWarrior or Teck tool Pro I get the message, "can't unmount Macintosh HD, close running programs and try again". I can't find any programs running from the internal drive. I have run what I can from DiskWarrior such as repair preferences, but still same result. Any help appreciated.
  2. adcx64 macrumors 65816


    Nov 17, 2008
    zap PRAM and NVRAM. ( google how to do this )
    could possibly be a hard drive failure.
  3. aminor thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 5, 2011
    I did zap PRAM, but did not NVRAM. If it was a hard drive problem, would it still do fine with a safe boot running off the hard drive? I was hoping to try rebuilding the hard drive with disk warrior first, but don't know how to unmount it.
  4. aminor thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 5, 2011
    I did some things with MacKeeper, trashed dashboard, was shutting down for the night, hit "restart" expecting the same results, but instead got a loud chime and booted up normally. Not sure what the problem was unless it had to do with dashboard. Tomorrow will see if disk warrior can rebuild the drive.
    Thanks. This has been bothering me for six days.

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