powerbook pismo doesn't boot after HD-replacement

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by uwet, Aug 26, 2004.

  1. uwet macrumors newbie

    Aug 26, 2004
    My powerbook pismo doesn't boot after HD-replacement. Even after replacing the new HD agains the old one again, wich used to work fine but was too small, it doesn't boot anymore.
    After pushing the power botton i can hear how the HD starts to spin. But that's the only thing happening.
    Does anybody know how to leave this nightmare?
  2. parrothead macrumors 6502a


    Sep 24, 2003
    Edmonds, WA
    Have you installed an OS on it yet? If not, boot up with a OS cd in the drive and hold down C to tell the computer to boot from the CD. Then you can install whatever OS (9.x, 10.x) on the hard drive.
  3. seamuskrat macrumors 6502a


    Feb 17, 2003
    New Jersey USA
    Lets start with the basics:

    Are you sure you reassembled the Pismo correctly? I know the ribbon cable for the drive can come loose at the logic board as well. The fact it would not boot up could be a loose or misaligned cable to the drive or logic board. The fact that it happens with the new drive and the old one also suggests possible damage to the cable itself, They are very delicate.

    The other suggestions of a PRAM reset and the PMU reset may help.

    You can also see if the Mac recognizes and sees the drive. Boot from the OS X instal Disk (or OS 9) and open disk utility and see i the drive shows up.

    In theory its an easy upgrade. Pop out drive A and replace with drive B and reboot. But the assembly of a powerbook can be tricky. If you were unplugged for a long time and without power, the internal battery (think small watch battery) on the board may have lost the boot drive setting. Again, the Bot CD should allow you to reset this.

  4. spaceballl macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2003
    San Francisco, CA
    I'm not too familiar with the Pismo. However, if the drive was near any circuitry, if you weren't careful enough, you could have scratched a trace, causing either an open circuit or a short. It only takes one of those to mess up a computer.

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