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Juan Pena Sep 13, 2008, 09:13am EDT Report Abuse
Well, here I am, a Windows user with this G4 I know nothing about. It is from a friend's who has given it to me to (try to) fix it. Since I work with Windows machines, he assumed I should be able to fix this one. I am not so sure.

Here's the problem: boots up and stops at 'waiting for network initialization' and that's it. It does not go any further. Futher, the has some very valuable pics in the hd he does not want lost.

So, is there sort of a 'safe mode' I can boot into? how do I access it? I have the restore disks but I guess that would wipe the hd clean and besides, how do I access bios to make sure it boots into the cd?

I hope I will learn some with this experience.

Any help here is tremendously appreciated.

Thanks in advance, Juan.


Asus M2N-SLI
Amd Athlon 64 X2 @3200
2 x 2gb DDR 800 dual channel
40 gb ide , 500 gb sata
DVD +/-RW
CD-RW
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Juan Pena Sep 13, 2008, 10:10am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Problem with Powerbook G4
Well, I looked around and learnt that Shift takes you into SF. I did that and was able to go into the system. Rebooted thinking all was good... but now I am stuck at 'starting HP trap monitor".

any help? Thanks,

Asus M2N-SLI
Amd Athlon 64 X2 @3200
2 x 2gb DDR 800 dual channel
40 gb ide , 500 gb sata
DVD +/-RW
CD-RW
Dr. Peaceful Sep 13, 2008, 10:30am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Problem with Powerbook G4
Well, you can go ask a Mac Genius. LOL ;) Or try the instructions below from me, who's not much a Mac fan but happened to messed with G4 Mac's (knowledge up to OS X Tiger only).

1) You must have the original Mac OS X installation CD for the G4 model you have specifically. You can't use Intel version of OS X on that obviously.

2) Stick the CD into the Mac, during reboot, hold on to the "C" key for your life ;) , until you boot into the CD.

3) The CD will load a Mac "Desktop", which looks similar to regular Mac desktop, but with only limited options.

4) On the file menu on top, get to the System Preferences, look like this http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Image:Tiger_System_Preferences.png

5) Click on the "Startup Disk" icon, you will see something like this http://mac.wikia.com/wiki/Image:StartupDiskOS1044.png . In there you can choose which volume to boot. My guess is he may have chosen the "Network Startup" by mistake, that's why you're seeing the "waiting for network initialization" thingy. Now close out, and reboot.

Try that and see what happens. There is also a more advance tool called Disk Utility, which you can get to in the same CD desktop. It looks something like this: http://preview.tinyurl.com/4uolzx . In there you can check disk volume, repair disk volume, erase disk volume, set partitions, set Raid, etc. Be warned, you can erase the original disk content changing partitions and any critical disk settings, though you can always check and repair without any harm to data.

Edit, fixed last link, somehow messed up by HWA smiley. LOL.
Edit2, saw your 2nd post, got no idea what's "HP trap monitor"? Just do above and may be a volume repair, too. See what happens.

Juan Pena Sep 13, 2008, 11:05am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Problem with Powerbook G4
Thanks but... did not work. it boots into the mac os x installation; no chance for system preferences, startup disk... but plain installation.

I have the original disks. I wonder, if I decide to reinstall the OS, is there a way to make sure docs/pics are not wiped clean?

Again, thanks.

Asus M2N-SLI
Amd Athlon 64 X2 @3200
2 x 2gb DDR 800 dual channel
40 gb ide , 500 gb sata
DVD +/-RW
CD-RW
Dr. Peaceful Sep 13, 2008, 11:12am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Problem with Powerbook G4
How can that be? May be it is just a restore disk. May be you need a full OS X install disc instead. What version OS X is this? What year is the machine?

I am not sure if you can do an install without format, forgot installation details already. You can try, but can be risky. I think you can do an install to a different partition, or may be a disk hook up by firewire, too.

If you have another Mac, you can certainly hook up this Mac by firewire, and copy over all the files in the hdd.

Juan Pena Sep 13, 2008, 11:44am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Problem with Powerbook G4
Dragon, thanks for the help. Very much appreciated.

The dvd is a 'software install and restore' , two disks.

Now, I boot into the login screen, enter the password.... a message pops up that system clock says 2001, and then it freezes. Then all I can do is reboot into the same situation. MMMM... if could somehow rescue the docs/pics, I could then just reinstall.

Another question: how do I know the system is in safe mode? I press shift per instructions but welcoming screen seems to be no diff from regular screen> Is there any signal, like Windos Safe Mode onthe four courners of the screen?

Once more, thanks.

Asus M2N-SLI
Amd Athlon 64 X2 @3200
2 x 2gb DDR 800 dual channel
40 gb ide , 500 gb sata
DVD +/-RW
CD-RW
Dr. Peaceful Sep 13, 2008, 12:05pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Problem with Powerbook G4
There ain't no safe mode, as far as I know... It's a Mac, dude, not Windows. ;)

Here installation manual for OS X Tiger (10.4): http://manuals.info.apple.com/en_US/Tiger_Install_Setup_Guide.pdf . Use "Archive and Install" (page 7) should preserve all the files. For Tiger, you should be able to access the Disk Utililty if boot directly from CD, should be in options on the file menu bar on top (I think).

Here are manuals for other OS X versions, in case you need. http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=50071

My guess is the disk volume may be corrupted a bit. Good luck messing with a Mac, dude! ;)

Juan Pena Sep 13, 2008, 12:16pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Problem with Powerbook G4
Dragon,

thanks. It is certainly a good experience, my first ever with a Mac. I will keep trying at least until Monday. Then, I will think what to do next.

Again, thanks.

Asus M2N-SLI
Amd Athlon 64 X2 @3200
2 x 2gb DDR 800 dual channel
40 gb ide , 500 gb sata
DVD +/-RW
CD-RW


 

    
 
 

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