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Gray Screen My ibook g4 has not been operating. When i turn it on it chimes and then a gray screen comes up with a picure of a world. Then that icon dissapears and a two new icons appear in the center of the screen. One with a question mark (?), and the other of a file.

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  • ballymae Apr 22, 2009

    Any ideas for someone without the OS disks? I bought this used to use with my class and now I have the icon thing, I did an update and messed something up obviously, it worked fine before that. But I have no disks etc.



    I think I have a G4 desktop



    any help appreciated

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That screen shows up when it cant find os ? try and reinstall the os again. if it shows no destination to install to then it could be a easy as a bad harddrive or in a worse case bad logic board

what year is it and screen size, i'll try and find a service manual for you

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