Hi, I have an ibook G3 900 Mhz, dual USB running OSX 10.4.11. Tried to connect my Western Digital Passport portable hard drive by USB to back up my files, and the ibook would not open the drive for use. No icon on the desktop or in Finder. Also will not mount a 2 GB portable USB storage device. However, I can look under system profiler and see the device name connected. any ideas? I tried installing and running the Mount Me! program and it cannot find any volumes to access.
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Yes, just hold the option key after powering the iBook on.
if you have an external disk with either the DMG (disc image) of OS X on have installed OS X on an external hard drive. You should be able to boot to that, and choose to either wipe your hard drive and reinstall the OS, or choose Archive and Install which won't erase anything, but can fix some issues you might be having with the OS.
You can download updates directly from the Apple website via you're browser. When the update is installed Software Update should work again. Check that you are up to date with any Java updates as this would stop some websites functioning properly.
If you external DVD drive connects via USB, try rebooting your iBook. (Sometimes a static shock will shut down your USB channel, and only a reboot will reset it.)
If this doesn't work, choose "About This Mac" under the Apple menu, then click on "More Info." Under Hardware, click on USB. See if the drive shows up as one of the attached USB devices. If it does not, the drive or cable may be bad.
If you have another computer available, connect your DVD drive to it. This will tell you whether the drive has failed.
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.
Hi stuart, It sounds like you either may have a corrupt system or a faulty hard drive. Try reinstalling OSX with the system discs that came with the computer. You can still keep everything if choose the "Archive and install" option. If this doesn't help, then I'd say the hard drive may have seen its last days.
I take it that you just want to run 10.3 and no longer require OS9. After starting from the OSX install disc, run Disc Utilities. Form there you can erase the hard drive. You should then be able to install OSX.
What OS is running on your system also, OS9 or OSX. I've got to wrack my brain to remember how to check in OS9 (it's been about 6yrs since I last used it) but in OSX it's very simple. Goto the apple symbol in the menu bar choose 'About this mac' then 'more info...' and in the left hand 'Contents' panel in the 'Network' section is 'AirPort Card'. Select that and if it says 'No information found' then you ain't got it! Otherwise it will give you the Make, model and settings.
If you have got one then the setup is different for each version of the OS so again I'd need that but that should get you part way there
What version of OS X are you running Jaguar Panther or Tiger? How are you trying to connect to the internet? Through a router or directly connected to the DSL/Cable modem? There are some things that you need to look at to get the information you need in the System Preferences Network tab.
First look to see if it says you are connected via Ethernet and what colour the "light" is (green yellow or red). If it is green you are connected and have an IP address, yellow connected but there is an issue with the IP address and or connection and red means that the ethernet does not show any connection to the network.
Depending on what that shows, look at the interface tab (may have to select advanced) and see that the ETH0 is present and selected and that it is first on the list. You then go to the TCPIP tab and check that it is set for DHCP or automatic configuration.. If it is then try to renew the DHCP lease. If it is set for anything other than that, change it apply and try again.
I had a G3 iBook that was probably about the same age and specs, and I noticed it really only started working well after I put Tiger 10.4 on it. 10.2 was not great and of course with 9.x it would not run new stuff.
Feel free to ask for more help if you need it. I have A LOT of experience with the machine you have running different versions of OS X.
There is no such thing as refloating the graphics chip on a mac laptop. The video card is intergrated onto the logicboard. You should first connect an external display to the machine to see if its the display or video card. Once youve eliminated that, you can rule out whether its the video card, or the internal hard drive. If its happening when you boot the machine, and it freezes or locks up, its most likely the hard drive or a faulty OS. If the problem happens intermittenly or when the display is pulled forward or pushed back, it may also possibly be a severed LVDS cable in the display or where it connects to the video controller on the logicboard.