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Start up I tried to update my G4 Laptop software by going online to Apple. Now my computer will not get past the opening white screen with the Apple in the middle. It has the rotating load symbol in the lower-middle of the screen, but that's all. Any tricks I can use to access the harddrive? -Don

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  • d69lisa Dec 26, 2007

    my powerbook g4 doesn't get past the blue screen

  • Chuffy Feb 13, 2008

    I have the same problem. I was loading parallels on it when it crashed.

  • Afrodyti Apr 06, 2008

    my mac won't go past the blue screen....what do I do?

  • Anonymous May 05, 2008

    I tried to update my OS10 system, now the computer will not boot up. All I get is the screen with the apple. Then everything stops.

  • DjShort_e May 23, 2008

    Just installed CS3 on my 3yr old G4 and as soon as i used the program i started having problems with ALL applications. I restarted the computer and now i can't get it to boot up at all now. I get the apple screen then a blank blue screen, thats it. It won't even boot in safe mode. HELP!

  • lounal Aug 12, 2008

    `Same problem - won't get pastt he apple screen with the timer. Have to hold down the start button for 8 secs to shut down but same thing happens. Have tried rebooting in safe mode (holding down the shift key whisl starting up) but no difference. Have not yet tried from the start up disc. Any suggestions would be warmly received.


  • Anonymous Nov 18, 2008

    same issue for me... terrible, can not start up. and seems startup by CD or safe mode does not work either... 



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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.

Keep me posted.

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