seemingly dead iBook?


Original poster
Jan 18, 2005
a friend of mine at university bought a 14" iBook back in december, and a couple of days ago she was working on an essay, saved it, then the whole thing just died!
it no longer boots up or gives any sign of life. she tried taking the battery out and sticking the power cable in, just about the only thing you really can do when a system just 'dies'.

any ideas of what this could be?

and another mate who got a 12" iBook back in october and his USB/FW ports just arnt working.

kinda glad i bought a PB now... but seriously, anybody heard of these problems before?


macrumors 6502a
Oct 7, 2003

try zapping the pram

hold down the apple+option+p+r key and press power let the machine chime for 3 times before releasing the power button

if not try resetting the pmu look at apple online for instructions !

if u can boot up in to open firmware hold down apple+option+o+f and press power , once in type reset-nvram and press enter then type mac-boot

if the machine is refusing to power up at all is the ac giving the machine or battery power ?

i would look at a logic board if it can't even get in to open firmware

hope one of these works :)


macrumors regular
Oct 17, 2001
If it hasn't been a year since it was purchased, take it to an Apple service provider, as it's still under warranty.

diamond geezer

macrumors regular
Jan 26, 2004
Leave it unplugged with the battery out overnight, this will reset the NV-RAM.

Nothing happens when she pushes the power button? Does the caps-lock light come on when it is pushed?
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