My iMac G4 won't boot up...(help please!!!)

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by JW008, Mar 20, 2006.

  1. JW008 macrumors 6502

    Apr 29, 2005
    Hey everyone,

    My iMac G4 won't boot up...I turn on the computer and it goes to a gray screen and a clicking sound comes from the computer. EVENTUALLY, after many times of turning it off and then back on I get it to go to a gray screen with the Mac OS symbol (the little double smiley-faced emblem) that switches back and forth with a folder with a question mark on it.

    I tried using the start-up discs as well as the Tiger disc to reinstall, but none of them work. A couple of times I made it to the install screen, but the hard drive never appears for me to install this on.

    If anyone could help I would be much appreciative...
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    Does starting from the OSX disks always work or just some of the time. This sounds like a pretty classic dead hard drive. :(

    If it is, the best way to recover your data is to try Target Disk Mode. :)

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