Power Book G4 not booting.

Discussion in 'macOS' started by a.mcnamara, Jul 21, 2009.

  1. a.mcnamara macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2009
    Hi, I have been lucky enough to have been given Power Book G4 to use if I can get it working. At the moment if you turn it on then it just gets the face and a question mark.

    I can access the openfirmware mode and can view the HD and CD etc. I tried to boot with a SUSE 11.0 linux installation cd (happened to have one) but that was not happening so I guess I have to use a Mac OS. I shall see if the people who gave me the computer have a MAC boot CD knocking about. If not what type do I need? Is there an alternative to booting from a CD? Are there some checks I can make to ensure it is the OS which is broken not some component of the computer itself. These could be a lot of stupid questions. Please forgive me... I am excitedly trying to sort it out and may find some answers myself by tomorrow anyhow.

    Many thanks

  2. celticpride678

    Feb 15, 2009
    Boston, MA
    Well, the only way to test hardware in a Apple Computer is using the Apple Hardware Test CD (Application DVD is the name). It sounds like either the OS or a failing/failed hard drive.

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