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Originally Posted by actual561 View Post
3. Can't rule out that something in the optical drive isn't still holding onto the system and is effecting its normal operation. Could I just remove it and buy a cheap external. I don't know if I need to do any type of jumper settings or termination for an ATA bus
Removing or replacing the optical drive in a Powerbook G4 12" isn't an easy option, all due to the rear fixing being under the logic board. Thankfully modern Apple portables are now built for easy access.

An easy option to determine if you have an OS or hardware problem is to boot from an external FW drive containing a PPC version of 10.4.11 or 10.5.8. My gut feeling is you have a hardware problem, due to the way it's previously been treated and simple old age.

Steve Bell
UK
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