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I have a iBook G4 1.33 that is not starting up. It will get to the flashing folder icon. I can start form a CD or from and external firewire drive but the internal hard drive does not show up even though I have put in a HD that I know is good.

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  • Harold Jul 17, 2008

    I agree then i thought I was posting on an Apple iBook Forum. Such is life. Thanks

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