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Will not start. Goes to a gray screen with apple on it then stops

I have an apple ibook g3 500mhz. when i turn it on it goes to the first loading screen which is gray and has an apple on it. Then it stops and does nothing or stops and kees making a clicking noise. On occasion it will go to a gray screen with a flashing question mark. what do i do?

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Sounds like your hard drive is about to die. If you have a spare hard drive somewhere reinstall your OS and put in the pc with the issue. If your pc loads up normally then you know the other hard drive is dead or about to die

Posted on May 24, 2009

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You may need to boot from the MacOS X CD to do a repair. Insert the CD in the drive, and restart. Keep pressing the C key to boot from the CD, once the CD boots, you may have options to repair your MacOS installation, or alternatively reinstall the system software.

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