Question about Apple PowerBook G4 Mac Notebook
I was using my Powerbook when it stopped responding. I powered down and restarted. When it began restarting it went to a gray screen with a file folder in the middle of the screen. the file folder had a flashing question mark and the finder face.
I found my recovery discs and inserted disc 1. I restarted and it displayed the gray background with the file folder, then it showed the apple logo, and then there was alot of code that it ran down the screen. After the code stopped running at the bottom of the page it showed, "Panic: We are hanging here..."
Can someone please assist me? Thank you in advance.
The hard drive is probably on it's way out. You can get and run Disk Warrior and you could repair permissions and such but the hard drive is probably on it's way to the grave.
A couple things though. It isn't enough to just put the disk in, you need to hold down "c" while the computer starts for it to try to run off your disk. You can then try to repair permissions and fix the disk from the installation program that starts. When the Install OS X screen comes up (looks like a desktop but with the big dialog box in the middle) click on Utilities at the top and then on Disk Utility. HERE IS APPLE'S SITE for you to read about how to try to repair your disk. I've found that this sometimes works and may help it work enough for you to get your files off, but may not.
Another method would be to get another Mac, and hook the two together with a firewire to transfer your files, then reinstall OS X in your ailing computer. Go HERE to read about this technique.
Posted on Feb 26, 2009
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