Question about Apple Powerbook G4 17" 1.67 GHz SuperDrive Mac Notebook

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Powerbook 1 67ghz 17"

Gray screen ? face folder put in logic board pram battery dc inboard hard drive ,wont ejeck disk drive. tried wirewire arrow and keyboard frozen .not very good running computers so please make answers for beginners thanks

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  • gerard bonneville Feb 12, 2012

    cap lock not light up

  • gerard bonneville Feb 21, 2012

    put in used logic board pram battery dc in board ;&hd hd flex cable. gray screen ?face folder will not ejeck disk cap lock will not light up.tryed firewire and mouse not
    working& key board not working

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This computer sounds like it has died. You can try to see if Apple will fix it for you, but I doubt that they will. It may be time to buy a new computer.

Posted on Feb 13, 2012

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SOURCE: PowerBook Aluminum 17" not restarting after SLEEP MODE.

It does, but its not a fault, its a component. You may need to zap your pram or reset the pmu. when the power cable is plugged in, does the battery light flash on the bottom fo the machine confirming its charging? When you press power, does the caps lock key light up after being pressed? if your battery ( extenal ) is faulty, your machine should still power off the auxilary cable. the power cable bypasses the battery when plugged in. Do you keep youpower cable plugged in for extended times regularly, that kills batteries. make sure youre cycling properly.

http://guides.macrumors.com/Laptop_Battery_Guide

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?path=Mac/10.4/en/mh1959.html

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=2238

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=14449

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SOURCE: cant install so 10.2 onto powerbook g4.

Remove both RAM chips and re-insert, because sometimes they come loose. Now give it a shot old chap. Also, your RAM chips may have died, so insert new ones and give it a shot.

Don't install Panther 10.2, because that operating system (OS) is too old. The PowerBook runs best with the Tiger 10.4 OS. You need to install a retail version disc with black label instead of a gray label disc, because those discs are computer specific to certain models only.

Cheers

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