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Mac G4 Laptop wont boot up

Computer was working fine in the morning. Turned it on a few hours later and only get a little folder in the center of the screen with an alternating face and question mark in it. What happened ?? Can I fix it ? Virus ? Dead hard drive ? Thanks, Rikkn

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  • Carl Johnson Dec 27, 2007

    iBook g4 lap top will power on but it only shows the ? followed by the apple ad the circling time icon. it seems to stuck in this loop.

    I am not a novice mac user and I don't have the users manual. I tried the ctrl-option-P-R on boot up.

  • SG421 Jan 07, 2008

    I have been experiencing the same problem as the other two users have described; on boot up, laptop shows a small picture of a folder in the middle of the screen with pictures of the finder icon and a question mark flashing in the middle of the folder.



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What is happening here is the computer can not find an OS to boot from. Take the CMOS battery out for an hour. Zap the PRAM about ten times. If still nothing, insert OS disc into CD/DVD drive, shut down and re-boot holding down the "C" on keyboard. This should force the computer to boot from the CD. I don't remember if this will give a repair option but it will allow you to re-install the OS which of course will erase all of the HDD. If you have backed up your data as we are all supposed to do then this should not be a problem.

Posted on Jan 07, 2009



This can often be fixed using a tool like Disk Warrior, but you will have to have another Mac to make the repair. See if you can boot into Firewire target mode (by holding down the T key while starting up the computer. You will get a big Firewire icon on the screen if this work. If you can do this, then you can attach the computer to another Mac using a firewire cable and use disk utilities to check out your disk and attempt to repair it. My experience is that Apple's disk repair will rarely fix this, but Disk Warrior almost always will.

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