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!
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Re: Can't get my Mac to fully boot up
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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The Powerbook G4 power button functions like a reset button if you hold the power button in for a few seconds until the computer powers down.
Hold the power button in for a few seconds (until you see the screen turn off/go black and hear the fans & hard drive stop spinning).
Press the power button again to turn your computer on.
If you have more trouble, you may need to boot in Safe Mode or "perform a Safe Boot": Press and hold down the "Shift" key immediately after you hear the start-up tone. Release the "Shift" key when the gray Apple icon appears on the screen.
Power the machine down. Press the power button, then immediately press and continue to hold the shift key. This will perform a "safe boot," skipping any of the boot-time software you may have added to your machine. If it still fails to boot, more involved diagnostics are required.
I am going to have you take your Mac into Safe Mode to see if we can't remove a possible folder(s) that may be affecting your Mac's start up function.
Try these steps:
-SAFE BOOT MODE- • Reboot your Mac • Upon restarting your Mac, press the Shift key. • Hold the Shift key until you see a White Screen with Gray Apple icon and eventually a spinning gear. • When you see the Spinning gear, release the Shift key. • Allow the Powerbook G4 to continue booting up. Also this may take a little while (NOTE: this may take anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes to load to the Safe mode screen depending on the performance of your Mac, but if it exceeds this time, shutdown your Powerbook G4 and try just once more. It may have just frozen up the first time around for you.)
• You are going to enter the Safe Mode (which looks like your main desktop environment - the only difference is certain start up items are disabled.)
• Once within the Desktop in Safe Mode • From the Finder Menu, click Go> Go to Folder • Type in this line: /System/Library/StartupItems • This path, is going to take you to the System Library folder which has all of your Mac OS X Startupitems. • Remove all of those folders to the Trash.
*Reboot your Mac normally and see if you can access your normal User desktop environment.
At times this procedure does help for gray screen issues so give this a try and let me know if this helps.
Hi, sorry to hear you are having problems,
Are you saying that your Mac was working fine with the dead battery but then when you put in the new battery, the Mac died?
Well, if that is the case it might be possible that the battery ran down to ZERO and the mac's internal battery also is dead so, it does not even know what hard drive to boot into...
So, with the Mac Shut Down, hit the power on button and then VERY QUICKLY, press the ( alt ) key and hold it until you see a blue screen with a Big right pointing blue arrow and a circular arrow.
You can let go of the key, and the mac is now looking for suitable startup volumes to boot from...
You should see your harddive appear after a minute or so... If it does not appear, then either your system is damaged or your disk is KAPUT...
How old is your Mac? It is very very common for PowerBook drives to die after 4 years without advanced warning... :(