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Old Jul 17th, 2007, 04:05 PM   #1
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Power Mac G4 Won't Boot Up

So today in the course of normal surfing I tried to open text edit to copy some text and it wouldn't launch. Then I tried to open another app and it didn't work either so I decided to restart. Now suddenly I can't get past the blue "starting OS X" page.

I tried resetting PRAM and there is no change. fsck says everything seems okay but I still can't boot up. I tried going into target mode and trying to run disk utility or diskwarrior off of a G4 ibook but I can't seem to get into target mode. Safe Mode doesn't seem to work either.

I don't know what to do next.... maybe I need OS X cds to boot from to reset prefs? I don't have them readily available.

It's a Power Mac G4 running OS X (10.4.9). It's a bit of an old and slow system but I haven't had any big issues. Any help is greatly appreciated.
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Old Jul 17th, 2007, 04:27 PM   #2
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Do you have a external FireWire drive you can start up from? If that works, you can examine your internal hard drive; I think that's where the problem lies.

(Oh, and "welcome" on the occasion of your first post--these several years. Hope this works out.)
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Old Jul 17th, 2007, 06:46 PM   #3
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I don't have an external drive but I can use my girlfriends if it will help. Although I am not sure how it will, it doesn't have an OS on it.

Also, I can see my Mac through our home network and look into my 2 internal drives. On my main drive there is a folder of "damagedfiles"... Is there some way I can do repairs over the network?

(thanks for the welcome HowEver I have read a lot of posts and gotten great info over the years but leave the advice up to all the pros)
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Old Jul 17th, 2007, 08:35 PM   #4
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Boot from your OSX install disk, and install OSX on you 2nd (good) internal hard drive. Then you can start repairs./filerecovery on the main drive.
DiskUtility Repair Disk should be your first step

TechTool Pro or DiskWarrior for directory corruption that Disk Utility can't handle. DataRescue X for scavenging files off the drive,

Do not attempt to install anything on the main drive until it has a clean bill of health.

Be prepared to buy a new IDE 120 Gb hard drive (I don;t think your machine supports drives larger than 128 Gb off the motherboard IDE connection)

O'course, your first step is to get the OSX disks, you;re kind of snookered without them. If you had upgraded your machine from borrowed disks, then now's the time to bite the bullet and purchase a retail OSX.
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Old Jul 18th, 2007, 12:02 AM   #5
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Be prepared to buy a new IDE 120 Gb hard drive (I don;t think your machine supports drives larger than 128 Gb off the motherboard IDE connection)
Depends on the particular G4. The 128 GB limitation disappeared mid 2002.
Macintosh: Using 128 GB or Larger ATA Hard Drives
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