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cant reboot my ibook

434 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Feb 10, 2013 1:47 PM by matt0710 RSS
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Jan 31, 2013 12:45 PM

i have a old ibook g4 12" and i have just bought os x panther 10.3 to install it back on as i got told this was the one i needed i have tryed to install  ut i get the ping and the flashing folder the the apple logo then i get another screen that comes up with a circle with a diagnal line in it and will not do anything else i have tred a new hdd in it and then put the old hdd back in and both just do the same have tryed to hold c and opp and c and a few other keys the fan is working and when it goes onto a boot screen after pressing c it finds the disc but then thats it please can someone help me as i am about to put in bin as have been trying all day to find out how to sort this problem

PowerBook, Mac OS X (10.3.x)
  • Knucklesmac Level 4 Level 4 (2,225 points)
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    Feb 1, 2013 12:36 AM (in response to matt0710)



    First of all what disks are you trying to install? Is it a black mac OS X disk or a gray disk?

    Put the disk into the drive and hold down the option key while booting. Does it display the menu and if so does it show the disk as a selectable item?

  • Knucklesmac Level 4 Level 4 (2,225 points)
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    Feb 1, 2013 5:23 AM (in response to matt0710)


    You're disk should be fine to install. I've had this problem once before with a 12" PowerBook. For me it was a problem with the hard drive cable. There PowerBook recognized the drive, but wouldn't allow an install.

    What I would suggest doing first to see if it helps, is try resetting the PMU if you haven't already done so.

    If not then it sound to me like a similar problem with the hard drive flex cable.


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