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Computer turns on but will not finish booting up

I have g4 apple, computer turns boots up but does not get past the little spinning symbol. could it be batter for memory?

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  • language barrow May 20, 2009

    I don't have an external hard drive or firewire. Are you sure this is the problem, I don't want to go by these thing on a trouble shooting hunch.

  • language barrow May 20, 2009

    does this require two apple computer, i have apple and pc notebook will that work

  • language barrow May 22, 2009

    I have gone to few computer stores and no one seems to know what a fire wire is.

  • language barrow May 22, 2009

    how do you disconnect the memory

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Try first to disconnect and reconnect the memory of the computer and then reboot it and check if that will correct the problem....

Posted on May 22, 2009

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    Mark Gil May 22, 2009

    You need to open the computer and there you can find the memory

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Hi

Its a hard drive issue and you'll need to reformat the hard drive of your apple g4 by connecting this to another computer using a firewire. Find another computer that you can use and an external hard-drive. Connect the two computers with a Firewire Cable.

Start up the working computer with the external hard-drive connected to it. Then press and hold down the 'T' key on the non-working computer. This will start you up in Firewire mode and allow you access to the harddrive from the other computer. Copy the files you need to the hard-drive. After this is done format the faulty apple's hard drive and then after the formatting is done you'll need to install mac os on your apple g4.


Please do accept this solution and revert for further assistance.

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Rylee

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    Rylee Smith May 20, 2009

    Yes i am sure about this as this is sometimes happens with the Apple. And, moreover the spinning symbol indicates that the processor is reading something from the hard drive however, it is unable to read anything from the hard drive. This only happens when the hard drive of your apple has gone faulty. The above procedure i described you is for backing up and restoring the data. And, by using a firewire you can also install the MAC on your g4 again.



    I'll suggest you to backup the data on your hard drive by borrowing a firewire and an external hard drive from any of your friends. If you think you can't do this then you can contact Apple at (1-800-MY-APPLE)--



    Apple support





    Apple Contact Info.





    Please do accept this solution and revert for further assistance.

    Thanks
    Rylee

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    Rylee Smith May 20, 2009

    Unfortunately this can only be done between two MACs only not between a pc and a mac. However, before doing anything i'll recommend you to backup your data using a firewire. You can also insert the MAC disk and try to reinstall/repair the MAC OS.



    Reinstalling MAC can also resolve your problem if its a software issue.



    Please do accept this solution and revert for further assistance.

    Thanks
    Rylee

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