4 Replies Latest reply: Feb 26, 2010 10:27 AM by mywildstove
mywildstove Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
While viewing a DVD just made with idvd, my computer froze. Now it boots to a grey screen. It will not boot into target mode or safe mode, and it will not eject the disc during boot. There is no way for me to use a boot disc as long as its stuck. When I Open Firmware to select a boot device, I see a screen with my harddrive and arrows, but its frozen.

When I boot into Single user mode it reads
standard timeslicing quantum is 1000 us
vmpagebootstrap 381393
migtable_maxdispl = 70
99 prelinked modules
Copyright etc etc
using 3932 buffer headers and 3932 cluster IO buffer headers
no typing is possible after this....

Please advise.
Thanks

PB G4 1.5ghz combo 15" 1.5ram, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • Baby Boomer (USofA) Level 9 Level 9 (56,800 points)
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    Disconnect all devices from your computer.



    See the following KB Articles:
    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2801 Apple Portables: Troubleshooting the slot load optical disc drive



    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=106752 Macintosh Non Intel: How to Eject a Disc When Other Options Do Not Work



    After the DVD is removed, boot from your Install DVD & use the *Repair Disk* option.
    Repairing your disk from the Tiger or Leopard DVD

    Boot up from your Tiger or Leopard Install DVD while holding down the "c" key.

    Select the language you wish to use, and then choose *"Disk Utility"* from the menu bar.

    Your HD should appear in a panel on the left hand side of the window which opens. Select it and then click on the +"repair disk"+ button in the right hand section of the window.

    Once this process has been completed restart your computer.





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  • mywildstove Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I reset the PMU as the 1st link suggested, followed the next steps, and it still wouldn't eject the DVD
    I went into firmware as the 2nd link suggested and typed the command and it still wouldn't eject the DVD.

    i can hear it spinning for about 30 seconds when the computer starts up.

    Is the only remaining option to open the computer up and physically take it out?
  • Baby Boomer (USofA) Level 9 Level 9 (56,800 points)
    Did you also try the following (from the 1st link)?


    +"If the disc will still not eject, holding down the trackpad or mouse button after restarting the computer should also eject a disc."+



    "Is the only remaining option to open the computer up and physically take it out?"

    You can take the comp to your local Apple Store or an AASP for them to remove the DVD. Otherwise, for DIY instructions, check out iFixit and also search YouTube for Powerbook “How To” tutorials.





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  • mywildstove Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Yes, I tried the trackpad too.

    Guess I'll be busting out the toolkit this weekend....

    I just hope that I don't have to do an OS reinstall

    Tommy