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Ibook wont boot. Arrives at a grey screen with a question mark icon, then nothing.

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You need a new hard drive.
If you have another mac you can see if plugging it in in firewire mode helps. If it connects try repairing the disk permissions. If this is all Greek to you email me i can walk you through.

Posted on Feb 03, 2010

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My ibook wont do anything except grey screen


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I have a apple ibook g3 model m6497. i know its older. my laptop will not boot up. grey screen with apple but no loading spinning icon. when i hold down the options button it jumps into a blue screen with...


Most likely your Hard drive has gone bad. Hard Drives typically last anywhere from 3-5 years.The grey screen with the apple signifies that it found a Hard drive with your OS (Software) installed but it can't seem to go past that because the Hard Drive may be failing.

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I cant get my ibook g4 to run it turns on with blinking folder


Blinking ? mark folder means that your OS can't be found. Take out your RAM underneath the keyboard and re-insert and try again. Nothing? Install a different new RAM chip and try again. Nothing? Install your disc 1 install disc, power down, wait a few seconds, now press the power button to turn on, now press and hold the option button, until your disc 1 shows up, select it, and bring your pointer to the right arrow on the screen and press enter. Now your booting from the disc 1. Go to disc utility folder at the top of the screen and select your hard drive and then select repair disc permissions. Then shut down and reboot when finished. Nothing? Your hard drive is fu.k.d-Try re-installing the OS. Nothing? Your hard drive is really fu.k.d-You need a new hard drive. Installing a new hard drive in the iBook is a *****. You may want to pay someone to install a hard drive or you can just get a new laptop.

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During start up my ibook g4 freezes at the blue screen, which appears after the grey apple. why is that happening?


The blue screen marks the start of the login process. If the Mac freezes there, it usually indicates that some third-party System Preference is hanging the boot process. There are several ways to diagnose the problem. The simplest is to hold down the Shift key after hearing the boot chime. This will disable third-party System Preferences and should allow you to come up to the login screen. Then you can review the third-party preferences and go to the website of each of them to make sure you have the most up-to-date version that is compatible with your level of the Mac OS.

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The computer can't find an operating system. Start up from the OSX disc and check the drive with 'Disk Utility'. The system may have got damaged, or the drive may need to be repaired. Run 'First Aid'.

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Just repaired g3 ibook. Hard drive needs formatting, as it has xp loaded on it. Ibook starts up, boot tone, proceeds to load, then screen has a file in the center of screen with the osx finder square face...


With the OS X Installer CD in the drive, try booting your mac and holding down the option key immediately after you hear the start up chime. This will (hopefully) load a firmware boot loader that will show available start up discs. Hopefully the OSX installer will show up as CD Icon. Select the Icon with your mouse or keyboard and press enter to start up with the Installer CD. From the installer you should be able to erase and format the drive as Mac OS Extended before installing OS X.


If the computer still won't boot from the CD double check that it is a retail OS X installer CD. If your CD has "software restore" or "ibook restore" or any other varient of restore written on the label; or if it names a particular model such as "ibook install" or "imac install" it is not a retail copy and may not be a bootable disc. A retail copy will only name the version of the operating system followed by the word install written on it's label and usually have a brief instruction on booting from the CD by holding the C key at startup.


Hope this helps, let me know what happens.

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My iBook wont properly start up!


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Contact the tech support for verification.

There may be something set up to auto-open, or the operating system has to be re-installed. It sounds like something may be corrupted.

If you do not get any hardware warnings, then most likely it is the operating system.

Jerry G.

Jul 22, 2008 | Apple iBook G3 Mac Notebook

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