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Can't get my Mac to fully boot up

I have an older G4 Powerbook laptop from 1999-2000. I have been seeing the screen have problems for a few months. It was going crazy like the old TV's that had a problem with the vertical hold, and I would need to reboot to get the screen to come back.

When I used to reboot it, I would hear the "chime," and then the clicking noises. It would take a while for the screen to turn on with the Apple/Mac "face" icon.

One other thing--the Mac was dropped a few years ago. The keyboard section closest to the user has a crack in the aluminum housing. It has worked fine for years until now.

Now, it does make the noises, although it seems to stop making the noises about halfway through the rebooting process, timing-wise, and I cannot get the screen to light up now. I do not know if it's the screen or something more severe.

I used to have another Mac hooked to a non-Mac desktop monitor using a special adaptor provided by the monitor OEM. But I cannot find it now.

What do I do to troubleshoot, short of just running to the Mac store? Thanks for your help!

Chuck

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  • experthire Feb 03, 2009

    The clicking was actually the normal booting up process that I have heard for years. I don't think I have heard any change as I have with other older computers.

  • JDTec
    JDTec May 11, 2010

    The clicking noise is a sign of a failing hard drive. That would cause the unit not to boot.

    The hard drive click because of an internal stepper motor problem.

    New hard drive will fix your issues.

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Your problem is probably on the hard drive. The chime sound is a file and as to be read on the hard drive.
Try this: reboot system with cmd+s hold. Then type fsck -y or fsck -f (too long to explain, one of those will work) .
the computer compute and says:
***** FILE SYSTEM WAS MODIFIED *****
type your fsck -y or -f again until the computer no longer says
***** FILE SYSTEM WAS MODIFIED *****
after that, you type reboot, or shut down and power again.
If this does'nt work, change the hard drive (mac shop - expensive)

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