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I changed the hard drive in my powerbook g4 17in how do i in stall snow leopard on it it has a folder with a flashing question mark and finder

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It seems that snow leopard is only installable on macs with intel processors, and yours is PowerPC.
see more here: http://www.apple.com/macosx/specs.html

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I HAVE AN APPLE POWERBOOK G4 I PURCHASE FROM EBAY IT IS CURRENTLY RUNNING MAC OS 9 ,HOW CAN I UPGRADE TO OSX 10 ?


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You will need to get an OS X installation DVD. Try eBay.Don't go for anything lower than 10.4 (Tiger)10.5 (Leopard) and 10.6 (Snow Leopard) should run fine on this machine.Don't bother with 10.7 or 10.8

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Cant be read on a mac snow leopard


Try reformatting it:

**THIS WILL DELETE ALL THE DATA ON THE DRIVE**

1. Open Finder
2. Applications 3. On the left column, you should see your thumb drive. Click on it.
4. Click on the "Erase" tab near the top
5. For "Format:" select "FAT32"
6. Click on the "Erase..." button

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G4 powerbook wont start it shows folder with flashing question mark then apple symbol


Try taking out the RAM chips and re-inserting firmly. Nothing? Try re-installing the operating system. Nothing? Try replacing the hard drive and then re-installing the operating system. Nothing? Try replacing the RAM with new higher memory RAM. Nothing? Your fu.kd and need to take the thing in for more thorough inspection by the Apple dorks.

Jul 11, 2010 | Apple PowerBook G4 Mac Notebook

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My Powerbook G4 turns on light, fan, chime but no video.


Your hard drive has lost a file needed to start up the machine. The folder with the question mark means it cannot find a useable Operating system. I hope you backed up your files you needed becuase the only real way to recover the machine is to reinstall the OS from the install disk. You must format the Hard Drive from the format option on the install disk and reinstall the OS.

May 08, 2010 | Apple PowerBook G4 Mac Notebook

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I want to retrieve data from a Powerbook 3400c via ethernet. I have a Macbook Pro running Snow Leopard and an iMac running OS10.4


I think the 3400c has a Firewire port, which would allow it to startup in "target disk mode" where it would be just like an external hard drive. That is, hold T at startup to get TDM. I have a Pismo with Firewire but I think the color 3400 is older.
With MacBooks and OS10.5 or later (you are at 10.6) you can do this with USB, also. So it might use the MacBook as the external drive of the PowerBook to transfer files in Finder.
Otherwise, you can turn on AppleShare on both and use Ethernet to transfer files slower.
-Ken

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My mac powerbook is displaying a folder which flashes between a question mark and a icon in the middle of the folder it stays on the grey start up screen and doesnt start up any suggestion???


Your PB can't find the system. Most likely you hard drive is no longer working. To check that this is the case, start up from the discs that came with your computer.You will need to replace the hard drive then re-install the operating system off those discs. I hope you had a backup of your data!

Feb 21, 2010 | Apple 15" PowerBook G4 Aluminum 1.67 GHz...

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Powerbook G4 wont start up, shows a file folder with a ? mark....


The hard drive is probably on it's way out. You can get and run Disk Warrior and you could repair permissions and such but the hard drive is probably on it's way to the grave.

A couple things though. It isn't enough to just put the disk in, you need to hold down "c" while the computer starts for it to try to run off your disk. You can then try to repair permissions and fix the disk from the installation program that starts. When the Install OS X screen comes up (looks like a desktop but with the big dialog box in the middle) click on Utilities at the top and then on Disk Utility. HERE IS APPLE'S SITE for you to read about how to try to repair your disk. I've found that this sometimes works and may help it work enough for you to get your files off, but may not.

Another method would be to get another Mac, and hook the two together with a firewire to transfer your files, then reinstall OS X in your ailing computer. Go HERE to read about this technique.

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80 gb hard drive from apple pro book does not work


Try using Disk Utility to mount the drive. This can be found in the Utilities folder within the main applications folder. Launch Disk utility and see if the drive comes up in the list of drives down the left hand side. I presume that the hard drive in the enclosure is spinning. You can normally hear it, and feel a constant light vibration.

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