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Mac ibook begins to start then screen says I need to restart....

When I try to power up, my ibook starts to but then screen drops down saying I need to restart,, same thing every time I try to power up

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  • mechainiac55 Nov 14, 2008

    I do not have a reformat disc... ANy other ideas?

  • mechainiac55 Nov 14, 2008

    How about no windows?

  • mechainiac55 Nov 14, 2008

    mumma,, I have,, OR should I say DID HAVE,,  OS X 10.3

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This is a Mac right? None of that Windows stuff will apply. ZAP the PRAM. Put Mac OS X CD in CDROM drive and re-boot holding down the "C" key on keyboard. I don't know where the CMOS? battery is on one of these but taking that out for awhile can help sometimes.These are the first things I do when I have a problem. If none of this helps it could be a lot of other things.

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Reformat your ibook.thank you

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    amin dianalan Nov 14, 2008

    Use your operating system disk..thank you

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    amin dianalan Nov 14, 2008

    restore it to earlier time. if doest work you need to buy a windows or go to service center. thank you

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Can you start in safe mode? If you have windows, when the computer starts click F8 during the boot process and select start in safe mode. If this does let you start in safe mode and your computer boots then everything will look big on the screen ignore that for now. If you recently added any new hard ware or software that you think may be conflicting your boot procedure then uninstall it, if not restore your computer to an earlier time when you never had any problems. Do this by pressing Start>all programs>accessories>system tools>system restore and choose a date when you know that your computer was working with no problems.

If your computer does not let you start in safe mode. Then reboot again press F8 again and select repair. This will take you through repairing windows. Again if you cannot access this then try restoring your computer to the factory settings. This will restore your computer to when you first purchased it. So windows will still be intact. If your computer has a seperate partition with the restore files on then when your boot your computer press F2 to enter the bios. Make sure that D2D recovery is enabled then reboot, when the mac screen appears hold down Alt and press F10 continuously until the recovery program appears then follow the instruction on the screen.

I hope this helps

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    Debs Nov 14, 2008

    What Operating system do you have?

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    Debs Nov 14, 2008

    when you say did have do you mean that you formatted your computer so you no longer have it? Or that you just cannot access it?

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    Debs Nov 14, 2008

    Try pressing the shift key to start in safe mode then look on this site below for some adivse on starting up problems



    http://support.apple.com/kb/TS1417



    I hope this helps

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