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Can't boot up G4

Discussion in 'Apple Mac' started by bretwalda007, Aug 11, 2006.

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  1. bretwalda007

    bretwalda007 Thread Starter

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    I've just been given a used G4. I've hooked it up to monitor and keyboard and turned it on. It makes the crashing chimes sound, then I just get a blanAk white screen on the monitor. I've tried booting it from an E-mac start-up disc and all that happens is now I get an apple logo and the spinning clock hands. this is as far as I get. It just stays like this infinitum. I've tried booting it from other discs, norton and techtool, but just the same. I've tried holding down the c key while restarting - no effect. Any ideas?
     
  2. macdudenj

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    The system software is corrupt or you have hard drive failure. If techtool is unable to boot it is probably the hard drive. You would need The G4 operating software to check the OS. They are made specifically for each machine. Try to get the system disk from the person who gave you the computer. Otherwise, OS disks are freely available on ebay and apple resellers. Make sure the OS disk is for your G4.
     
  3. bretwalda007

    bretwalda007 Thread Starter

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    It was the hard drive. Or rather it wasn't cos I opened it up and the hard drive had been removed! I've got a replacement on order. How easy is it to put in?
     
  4. macdudenj

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    It is easy to replace the hard drive. Just flip the handle on the side and open the case. The hard drive bay is on the bottom right. Just plug in the ribbon cable and the small cable supply and screw the hard drive in place. Check this link.

    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=31292
     
  5. bretwalda007

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    Brilliant! Cheers for that - it's exactly what I was looking for.
     
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