Will an ibook G4 turn on with a dead hd?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Theclamshell, Jul 25, 2009.

  1. Theclamshell macrumors 68030

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    I found a lady selling an ibook g4 and she said the hard drive is dead. She also said that it does not turn on but it worked before the hard drive died

    Would the hard drive dying cause the computer to not turn on at all?

    Thanks in advance :)
     
  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    insert in an install disc and boot from there
     
  3. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    Exactly, though if the HDD is dead don't expect to get much further than that.
     
  4. DavieBoy macrumors 6502

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    just found my 17 powerbook with a dead HD (clicking). It turned on when I used a different start up disk and sometimes the HD would even mount. (to another computer in target disk mode)

    Most likely it is a power problem. There not that hard to change but unless you have another iBook for parts I wouldn't suggest the investment.
     
  5. Theclamshell thread starter macrumors 68030

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    ok so it would at least give me some sign of life if i tried turning it on with out an install disk?
     
  6. Larry0760 macrumors newbie

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    If it's just the hard drive, you should still get some sign of activity.
     
  7. velocityg4 macrumors 68040

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    With a failed HD you should still get a folder with a blinking question mark on screen. If there is no sign of life at all it could be a bad A/C adapter, DC-in board, RAM or logic board.
     

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