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Son is going back to college
Posted by: Wolf Larsen
Date: August 17, 2006 07:25PM
Saturday and I need to fix his iMac 17" LCD G4. It chimes and gets to the apple symbol startup screen and then freezes. I'm going to get a new battery tomorrow and see if that helps. I tried zapping the PRAM. What else should I try?
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Re: Son is going back to college
Posted by: blusubaru
Date: August 17, 2006 07:28PM
Yikes. Have you tried booting from an external drive? Hopefully that will get you in becauseI hate to say it, but it could be the logic board.
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Re: Son is going back to college
Posted by: elmo3
Date: August 17, 2006 07:28PM
Boot from install CD. Run Disk Utility and repair.

Worst case, do an Archive and Install from the install CD.



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Re: Son is going back to college
Posted by: Wolf Larsen
Date: August 17, 2006 07:31PM
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elmo3
Boot from install CD. Run Disk Utility and repair.

Worst case, do an Archive and Install from the install CD.

How do I get the cd tray open? Its pretty much nonfunctional except for the chime and gray apple screen, also the mouse lights up.

Can I use firewire target mode to access the drive and run diagnostics? I have a ibook.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/17/2006 07:33PM by Wolf Larsen.
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Re: Son is going back to college
Posted by: timg
Date: August 17, 2006 07:33PM
Did you try holding down the mouse button when booting it up? That used to work to eject CD's on boot, maybe it opens the tray even without a CD.
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Re: Son is going back to college
Posted by: Wolf Larsen
Date: August 17, 2006 07:37PM
YES! I held down the mouse button and got a CD in there and booted up on the CD. Does that pretty much confirm a bad HD?
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Re: Son is going back to college
Posted by: Chupa Chupa
Date: August 17, 2006 07:39PM
I used to get the problem with my PM G4. Try two things: boot from install CD and repair permissions with disk utility and if that doesn't work try a fresh install. That use to do the trick for me.
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Re: Son is going back to college
Posted by: Pam
Date: August 17, 2006 07:40PM
It could be a bad hd. Run disk utility and see what happens after repairs and when you reboot.
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Re: Son is going back to college
Posted by: Wolf Larsen
Date: August 17, 2006 07:43PM
I'm running Disk Utility now. Looks likes its very busy. Thanks to everyone for their assistance!
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Re: Son is going back to college
Posted by: blusubaru
Date: August 17, 2006 08:37PM
Yah, that's why I said boot from an external. But hopefully you'll get 'er all fixed up in time.
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