PowerBook G4...gone

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by ClarkeB, Dec 26, 2006.

  1. ClarkeB macrumors 6502


    Jan 24, 2005
    I just tried to restart my PowerBook G4 and...it won't turn back on. I installed some security update...would that have anything to do with it? It turns on, plays the chime, and the apple logo shows up and the hard drive spins and then the little scroll thing comes on the screen and the hard drive turns off and the screen goes black. What can I do? Is Applecare the only option?
  2. ahuman7341 macrumors regular

    Apr 18, 2005
    Fairbanks, AK
    It's trouble shootin' time!

    First, Reset everything, PRAM, NVRAM, or anything else you can find to reset.
    Second, Boot from install cd, go to disk utilities and repair permissions on your powerbooks hard drive.
    Then report back if that dosent work.
  3. ClarkeB thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jan 24, 2005
    I booted from the installer disk and ran disk repair and it came up with this :

    Verify and Repair disk "Macintosh HD"
    Checking HFS Plus volume
    Checking Extents Overflow file
    Checking Catalog file
    Overlapped extent allocation (file 946191d)
    Overlapped extent allocation (file 946191d)
    Overlapped extent allocation (file 3277182d)
    Checking multi-linked files
    Checking Catalog hierarchy
    Checking volume bitmap
    Checking volume information
    *Invalid volume free block count*
    (It should be 2515789 instead of 2515802(
    *Volume header needs minor repair*
    ~Repairing volume~
    *The volume Macintosh HD could not be repaired*

    **Error: The underlying task reported failure on exit**

    1 HFS volume checked
    **1 volume could not be repaired because of an error**
    Repair attempted on 1 volume
    **1 volume could not be repaired**

    (I typed the entire thing on my sidekick)

    what do I do now? :(
  4. pianoman macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2006
    some suggestions:

    1 access your computer's hard drive through a friend's Mac (via FW or actually removing it and attaching via cables) to recover contents then start over

    2 forget about your stuff (or if you have it backed up already (which is better)) and try reinstalling OSX from the restore DVDs/CDs

    3 take it to the Apple store
  5. Deputy-Dawg macrumors member

    Aug 23, 2006
    If you have data on the disk that you would like to recover you should invest in a copy of Alsoft's "DiskWarrior" it can recover most of your data from even the most hsed disk. I personally would never leave home without it.
  6. ClarkeB thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jan 24, 2005
    Oh thank you all so much! I was able to get all of the stuff I wanted/needed off my hard drive (although I now realized that all of my non-music iTunes purchases are gone) and am reinstalling OS x now. Thanks!!

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