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Powerbook g4 not detecting newly installed combo drive, no icon on desktop

Just installed combo drive on my powerbook g4. It turns when a disc is inserted but wont run the program & icon not shown on the desktop.

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Do you have the origional apple restore media?? If so try to boot from this disk to see if its an OS problem or a hardware problem.. Curious why did you replace the drive ?? Is this the same issues that you had prior?

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My mac powerbook is displaying a folder which flashes between a question mark and a icon in the middle of the folder it stays on the grey start up screen and doesnt start up any suggestion???


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How do i back up a power book g4? What application do I need to do the back up?


Suchisart,
If you want a stand alone backup solution, you can download a free program called "Carbon Copy Cloner" and purchase a USB 2.0 external hard drive. You can use the CCC software to backup the entire contents of your Powerbook's hard drive or just selected files to the external USB hard drive.

If your Powerbook is unable to boot into OS X and you need to recover the files that are on the internal hard drive, you can boot the Powerbook into "Target Disk Mode" and transfer the files via firewire cable to another Mac. To do this do the following.
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  4. Turn on the other Mac and login to your account.
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