3 Replies Latest reply: Nov 25, 2007 4:18 PM by cornelius
anickelback Level 1 (0 points)
When I turn on my powerbook g4, 15 in, it does not not get past the first screen (just grey minus the loading apple). i've waited about 10 minutes with the grey screen and now all that is on the screen is the mac smiley and blinking question mark over a file folder. I have powered up and down multiple times, checked the battery, etc... and nothing seems to work. There also seems to be an issue with CD/DVD drive, its making a horribly loud clicking and vibrating noise on powerup. i do not have any cd's for this computer for a repair because i got it from school and im worried that if i bring it in for them to look at i will be in trouble....Can anyone offer some help?

Powerbook G4, Mac OS X (10.5)
  • BGreg Level 6 (17,495 points)
    Welcome to the Apple discussions.

    What you describe sounds like there is a problem with your hard drive, and the system can't find the system to boot from. If you had a working CD/DVD drive, you could try any of several different products to figure out whats wrong, however, beyond using a firewire cable to connect to another system to access your system in target mode, you're stuck. Take it into your school for support. It sounds like you may need a CD/DVD drive, and your hard drive may be recoverable with the Apple disk utility, or it may need something like Disk Warrior or TechTool Pro to fix the hard drive. Worst case, your hard drive is not recoverable (there are companies that will recover data from a dead drive, for a price), however, you won't know that until you use one of the other utilities.
  • blwyer Level 1 (25 points)
    Same thing happened to me and I had given up on my PowerBook when I found a post on the PowerMac forum.
    Check out this link, repairing the HD in fsck mode WORKED FOR ME!!!!
    I wish you the best,

    Resolve startup issues and perform disk maintenance with Disk Utility and fsck
  • cornelius Level 6 (17,825 points)

    Welcome to Apple Discussions.

    Can you tell us something about what was happening before you go to this point? In other words, was everything working normally, or did you notice anything unusual?

    BGreg has suggested what you need to do to recover you boot volume. In the absence of an install disk or Disk Warrior I suggest you try starting up in Safe Mode. If that does not work, try the suggestion of the second poster using the method in Resolve startup issues and perform disk maintenance with Disk Utility and fsck.

    Please do post back with an update or further questions or comments.