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Re: computer turns on but will not finish booting up
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.
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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.
This laptop suffers from a known condition of the logic board and bad flow issues of the ic board chip where your left palm rests on the keyboard. You gonna have ta get the logic reflowed or install a new logic board. This process is a real pain in the as. because the computer is a real bit.h to open. The Apple techs put like 20 million screws of varying lengths and shapes to really pi.s us service techs off when we try to service these things.
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.
when the computer boots does the screen light up? if it does the first thing you need to try is when you turn the computer on is to option boot. That is done by holding the option key while turning the computer on. after it boots you will see the the hard drive listed on the screen it will be a icon, if there you should be able to boot up. If the computer does not boot and your hard drive is still listed you most likely have a logic board aka mother board issue.
Try rebooting into safe mode, then emptying your trash and restarting to normal operation. In safe mode, all internet is dissabled, so dont go trying to fire up the bluetooth or wi fi. The systme trashes unneccessary fonts and cache that can complicate the boot up.
If that does not remedy, try getting anothe rmacintosh running 10.3 or higher and a firewire cable. Boot your powerbook into TARGET DISK MODE and from the other mac go to UTILITIES and run permissions on your powerbook ( it should be on the left pane in DISK UTILITIES )
These are a few quick fixes, if they dont remedy the situation, keep me posted and try providing more info, like which version of osx, what you were downloading, and what apps were open when it was last functional.