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Apple laptop won't turn on

I have a powerbook g4 and when I try to turn it on, I hear it work for a min, then the apple goes away and turns into a 'do not enter' sign and it stops making noise. How can I turn my laptop back on?

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  • wolf918 Apr 20, 2009

    it act like my hard drive had it.

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Try to boot from the CD the computer shipped with.

Insert CD and restart the computer holding the "c" key
Your computer should boot.

If so run disk utility from the cd and repair the disk as well as permissions.
If this is successful your computer "should" be repaired. If it still has problems booting, Use your CD to perform a Archive and install which should keep all your personal settings and installed software intact.

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