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Laptops :: Unable To Complete Startup / Grey Screen With Apple And Spinning Wheel Appears


Hi all, I have two Powerbook G4 laptops. Both have very similar problems. When I try to start up, the grey screen with the apple and spinning wheel appears, but I can't get beyond that. If I walk away for an hour, when I come back there will still be a grey screen with apple and spinning wheel.

I admit I know little about this sort of thing, so I began poking around online for solutions. I tried Tech Tool Deluxe. Inserted the disk and held down "C," but again it never progressed beyond the grey screen with apple and spinning wheel. Most frustrating. Is there any other way of running the disk with the laptop?

Entering the terminal yielded slightly different results on each machine.

Powerbook #1: Once in terminal I typed...

/sbin/fsck -fy

...response was...

disk0s10: I/O error.
Invalid Key Length
(4, 44890)
** Volume check failed

...tried /sbin/fsck -fy over and over, always received the same results.

Powerbook #2: Once in terminal, this appears...

jnl: update_fs_block: failed to update block 1073777488 (ret 5)
jnl: journal_open: Error replaying the journal!
hfs: early jnl init: failed to open/create the journal (retval 0)

...and it won't even let me type /sbin/fsck -fy.

I tried plugging both latops into my desktop in target mode. In both cases the target icon appeared on the laptop screen but the hard drive icon never appeared on the desktop screen. I would love to at least retrieve a few files off each machine, if nothing else.


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