hi we suspect a virus on our g4 powerbook........when i start it there is a smiley face guy and a questionmark........thought to try and figure out if it got a virus....i heard there was one going around that was attacking macs
how is it that you boot the powerbook from a system disc or and external firewire drive.....i have a g4 tower that is working fine right here as a resorce....
we tryed to connect the laptop to the g4 tower with a firewire and it wouldnt show up on the desktop---we tryed the same thing with a functional lap top and it worked fine....so what is our alternate route do you think.....
dose that also say something about the failing powerbook's hard drive?
The question mark just indicates that it cannot find the system folder for the OS. I assume this is OS X?
First, try booting up holding down the X key.. probably won't work but its worth a shot.
Boot it up to a Mac OS X CD (hold down C While it starts up to boot to CD), when you get to the installation screen, click on "Installer" and choose "disk utility." Run Repair Disk on the hard drive to see if everything is alright. Then close disk utility, go to the startup manager and choose your hard drive, then restart the computer and eject the CD.
Thanks again you guys... So now I ran the system but the Hard Drive isnt even one of the choices for the repair disk, unless I'm using the wrong disk...
is it the one called Powerbook G4 Software?...
Thanks again you guys... So now I ran the system but the Hard Drive isnt even one of the choices for the repair disk...--lisa
It sounds like the HD failed/crashed. Your drive would have appear in the list that has "Powerbook G4 Software" was in. (BTW, that is the disc you are presently running from) I'd suggest taking it in and getting a new HD.