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PowerPC :: Ibook G4 Stuck On Gray Screen?


after my six year old daughter dropped it(on hardwood floor).

I tried this:

<command> <opt> <p> <r> Letting it chime 4 times. But, no luck - it just sits there witht the gray screen/dark gray apple logo and that thing twirling around like it's thinking.

check that I've left it on and it has now worked its way to the blue screen. Cursor shows up and the twirling thing is gone(as are the little clicking noises inside like it's actually trying to do someting).

Now you're really going to let me have it. I don't have any of my original disks.

Guess I should take it to the Apple store and see what they say(no applecare).

I was running Tiger(latest version) and the ibook G4 is a 1.33 with 768mb of ram if that matters.

Luckily all my photo's and music are on my powerbook and mac mini.


View 2 Replies (Posted: May 5, 2007)

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  - Held "d" while booting, ran the hardware test and it checked out fine. 

after all of the above, tried waiting for it to restart for 15 minutes and still same spinning wheel.   

this all started when a Skype update couldn't install, so i got rid of the current Skype.  then tried downloading the new Skype. after it supposedly downloaded fully and it was automatically processing in the download pop up window (e.g. something about "writing", "image", etc.), it got stuck and froze the computer for at least 5 minutes.  at that point, i help the power button until it turned out.  then this started..

PS: not sure if this has anything to do w/ the problem, but after this happened, i tried to use Disk Utilities to make an image onto an external hard drive and it gave me an "operation timed out" error. 

PPS:  she has the following specs -

Hitachi Hard drive; partition Map Scheme: GUID Partition Table

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Posted: Apr 21, 2012

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