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Try holding down the SHIFT key (either one) while you power on your machine. This is Safe Mode. Will it boot in safe mode?
*Disclaimer: There is a small risk of losing important files, such as your pix and music, when reinstalling the operating system (directions below). You should have backups of your important files on CDs, DVDs or an external Firewire hard drive).*
Do you have your system discs? The discs or disc that came with your computer? Or do you have an OS X disc that you bought? If so, put the disc in the drive (Hold down the mouse button and turn on your machine. That will eject any disc that might be in the machine.Then you can put the system disc in.)
Turn your PowerBook off (hold down power button for about 10 seconds until it turns off) then back on again. Hold down the C key to boot from the CD/DVD. Reinstall OS X. This will not erase your pictures, documents, music, etc. *But don't select "Erase and install" from the Options button. That would erase everything. You may have to choose the "Archive and Install" option This *won't* erase your pix, music, etc.
Reinstalling the operating system is a good way to fix problems where Macs hang when loading. I'd suggest upgrading to 10.4 if you have at least 256 Megabytes (click Apple menu, "About this Mac").
If you want a stand alone backup solution, you can download a free program called "Carbon Copy Cloner" and purchase a USB 2.0 external hard drive. You can use the CCC software to backup the entire contents of your Powerbook's hard drive or just selected files to the external USB hard drive.
If your Powerbook is unable to boot into OS X and you need to recover the files that are on the internal hard drive, you can boot the Powerbook into "Target Disk Mode" and transfer the files via firewire cable to another Mac. To do this do the following.
With both Macs off connect them with a firewire cable.
Turn on the Powerbook and hold down the "T" during startup.
Once the large icon shows up on screen your in "TDM".
Turn on the other Mac and login to your account.
The Powerbook's hard drive should mount on your desktop.
You'll be able to transfer your files from the Powerbook's hard drive just like you would an external hard drive, thumb drive, etc.
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Check to see if your discs are dirty. Clean them and try again. Also, check to see if you got heavy scratches on the discs. Also, click on the blue apple logo at the top of the screen, then click on about this mac,then click on more info. Under the hardware click on the disc burning title. Look at CD write and DVD write info to see what the burner will play. If no info is there, then your optical drive is disconnected from the logic board or your optical drive is toast. If your optical drive spits out every single disc, then that also means it needs to be replaced.
8065 refers to a cross-platform error (like between a p/c system and a mac system). You could try copying your file to a cd and burn the cd to be compatible with pc or mac and then transfer to the other system.
Basically some causes of blue screen is the RAM check the RAM remove first maybe it is clogged by the dust. Remove the dust of the memory stick and insert it back to you computer. Usually of you have this problem again you need a recovery disk. Load a windows CD to your CD drive you need to boot and repair the windows.
If you take a paper clip and straighten it, there is a little hole in the front of the CD drive, push the paper clip into it and your CD drive will get pushed open. This will get a CD out, but will not fix it.
Try re-seating, or connecting a different power cable to the back of the CD drive. Does your PC even recognize that the CD drive is present?
Most of the time the CD drive needs to be replaced.... they are very cheap.
Something is wrong with the operating system. If there is a flashing folder with a question mark, then it might be with the hard drive as well. If you just get that warning, then you may only have to reinstall your operating system (OS X). Get your CD/DVDs out and insert the OS X disk. Hold down C when you start the computer so it will start from the disk and not from the hard drive. After the startup program has loaded, you can try to check the hard drive and repair permissions and such to see if that works, or you can just reinstall the OS. Good luck.
The problem is that your powerbook G4 does not provide enough power to your 160gb passport HD. This does not happens to the new Macs with intel inside.
There are several ways to fix it:
1) Go to West Digital Website and buy a "Power Buster Cable USB" (that connect your 2 USB ports to your passport HD in order to provide more power). I think that it costs 10$. This is the link: http://www.wdc.com/en/products/accessories.asp?ProdID=170
2) The other solution is easier. If you have an external USB hard drive with two USB ports, or a DVD/CD burner with two usb ports, you can pug your passport in one of the ports while the other HD or DVD/CD burner is connected to you PowerBook. You will be able to see and use your q60gb Passport HD.