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Cannot boot from cd

My power bookG4 cannot boot,i try booting from cd but it cannot boot from any cd not even linux and i also dont no the key to press and go to the boot setup

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  • norahs154 Dec 23, 2008

    i upgraded my powerbook G4 from OS X 10.5.2 to OS X 10.5.3...after successful installation,i was asked to restart my laptop.i did it but the laptop only showed a white screen and never logged me to my administartive passwords.

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When starting up the computer hold down the option/alt key. or, try holding down 'c'

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I might be talking off my head here - but doesn't linux require an intel processor?

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Macbook A1181 black take the Snow Leopard DVD but wont boot from it. Ejecting it. (the drive is working) and pressing C dont force it to boot from the DVD.


When you start up your computer, hold down the option key. This will bring up the bootable devices menu. Depending on wether or not you have an Operating System installed, you should see either 1 or more icons. Click on the one with the CD icon that should be labeled "Snow Leopard". Once you have clicked on the icon, click the arrow beneath it and your Mac will boot off the OS CD.

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I want to install linux on an old ibook cd drive wont let me boot from it . I have a powerbook that i can hook up to the ibook thru firewire. the ibook harddrive has been wiped clean. what would be the...


I would recommend booting from USB. Go to pendrivelinux.com and pick a distro. The utility is awesome and makes it easy to boot from usb. make sure that bootusb is an option in BIOS.
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Joe

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Here's something to try: Boot the Mac up, and as soon as you've pressed the power button, hold down the Alt (Option) key. This will bring up a list of all the volumes (places) that you can boot the machine from. You should see 'Macintosh HD", or some such hard drive - Click it and press the arrow.
If that works, you then need to go into System Preferences, and click on the 'Startup Drive' tab. Select the same Volume you selected when booting up, and the Mac will remember to boot from that one in future.
If that doesn't work, could you post some more details please? The Macbook Air has no CD drive - are you using an external one?
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Flashing ? tried everything then installed new HD however now the macbook keeps ejecting the install CD before anything happens onscreen cant hear fan and superdrive making slightly grating noises . any...


Try the following: 1. Reset the powermanager by pulling the battery and holding down the power switch for 5 seconds than wait a few more seconds reinstall the battery and plug in your power supply. Push the start button. You can watch the light on the magsafe adapter to confirm that the power manager resets. 2.If you still do not boot to the CD try booting while holding down the C or the option key. 3.If you still do not boot up and have a second mac: try booting into target disc mode connect to the other mac with a firewire cable and install your software on the hard drive remotely. Good luck

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IBook never completes loading, stuck at ble progress bar


I am running off memory, but I belive you can also hold either Option or Command key at chime startup and it will give you a visual option with booting to hard drive or disk drive.

Try that and see if it will show the option to boot from CD.

I would suggest probably reinstalling OS X

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APPLE MACBOOK WOULD BOOT. THE BOOT CD IS


unfortunately on the newer mac computer including the macbook you cannot boot to open firmware but there are other options
option 1)simply try holding down the mouse button or track pad button during boot after the first chime is sounded this will instruct the computer to eject the cd through the firmware
option 2) you can bypass the cd boot by holding down the option key after the first boot chime another simple solution this will allow you to choose a startup disk during...startup after which you can try the eject button on the keyboard or select the disk in finder and eject via trash can or eject symbol(symbol located in the open folder view of finder)
option 3) there is also a manual eject button though it may be harder to locate as they have change placements of it over the years however it can usually be found by probing the top center or far right of the cd slot with a paper clip just be gentle you don't want to damage an expensive piece of equipment by just carelessly jamming metal in it
you may want to try searching apple with your particular model and search for manual cd eject
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try holding down the alt(option) key when starting up it should give you a list of startup options, it sounds like you dont have a astartup disk (an operating system) installed.

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