What has he done? Powerbook G4 Problem

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by ruby tuesday, Jan 18, 2008.

  1. ruby tuesday macrumors newbie

    Jan 18, 2008
    Hi guys,

    A friend of mine has entrusted me with his Powerbook G4 which he seems to have royally screwed up.

    When I started it up, I get the folder with the question mark.

    When I try and reboot with "option" selected. I get a lock, a place where I can enter some sort of password and the arrow pointing to the right.

    What has he done? Will Disk Warrior fix this?

    I have till Monday, I hope I can untangle the mess he's made. ;)
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    Sounds like there's a firmware password enabled. Ask your friend what it is so you can then reinstall the operating system from the supplied discs. :)
  3. ruby tuesday thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 18, 2008
    Just called him, he thinks he pressed a bunch of random keys on the keyboard and doesn't remember what the password is.

    He doesn't have the original install disk anymore, is he DOA?

    I wonder if I can just wipe it somehow, or if he has to take it into a mac dealer?
  4. Queso macrumors G4

    Mar 4, 2006
    Does the old trick of removing or adding RAM, then resetting the PRAM 3 times work on that model? Used to do the trick on G3 Macs.

    EDIT : Found this, which suggests it should work on a PowerBook. Not exactly an official source though.

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