Need help reinstalling OSX on a powerbook G4 with a broken screen.

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by jawknee530, Nov 20, 2007.

  1. jawknee530 macrumors newbie

    Nov 20, 2007
    I have a powerbook G4 with a broken screen that I recently got from a friend. It works with an external monitor but when i put in the restore disk the laptop tries to use the laptop screen. how can i get it to output to the external monitor when i put the recovery disk in so i can reinstall OSX?
  2. apfhex macrumors 68030


    Aug 8, 2006
    Northern California
    If you have a USB keyboard and mouse, I think you could force it into clamshell mode (power on then quickly shut the lid).
  3. jawknee530 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 20, 2007
    that wont make the powerbook go to sleep? i'm coming from a life of windows here.
  4. gr8tfly macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2006
    ~119W 34N
    Even if it's open, it should be able to run in mirrored mode. There's a special key to toggle mirrored.

    If you want to run closed, let it boot up open and you should be able to get it into mirrored mode. Then, close the lid. It will sleep. Use the external keyboard or mouse to wake the PB (leaving it closed).

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