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powerbook g4 17

February 9, 2011 at 14:53:48
Specs: Mac OS 10.5, 1.5GHz/512MB
I just recently acquired a PowerBook G4 17" from a family friend. It was working just fine while I was at her house but when got it home it froze after a while. I shut it off and tried turning it back on and all that happened was the start-up chime, what sounded like the disc drive running for a few seconds, and the caps lock and num lock keys will light up when I press those.

Any help as to what may have caused this and what I could do to fix it would be great!

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May 25, 2011 at 15:50:06
Try resetting the PRAM:

at startup, hold down Command-Option-P-R all at once until the computer chimes and reboots.

Also, make sure there is no CD in the drive. Hold down the mouse/trackpad button at startup until the drive ejects.

Sadly, you may have a bad hard drive. If you have the Install CD, you can try to boot from that. When booting, insert the CD and hold down the C key. This will boot off CD.
Check the Disc Utility from the Utilities Menu at the top to see if the drive is damaged.

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