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Hello All,

I've got a finiky iBook 500 here, apparently. The CD-ROM in this beast is dead, so I'm trying to boot off of a USB External CD-RW drive that I have. The internal CD-ROM tries to constantly eject the CD whenever there is a disc in the drive, but when there's not disc in the drive it stays shut (is this a common problem?)

The second half of my problem is this. I cannot get the iBook to load the OS Installer. I'm trying to install either 10.2.4 or 10.3 and I get the startup/spinning 'wait' symbol at the bottom and the apple symbol on top... then after a minute or so, I get the "stop"/slash sign, but the spinning circle at the bottom still spins.

This happens both with 10.3 and 10.2 installation CDs. It doesn't give me any errors or anything else. Any ideas on how to get this computer at least temporarily booted. I don't have the hardware check CD (which I thought I did) so, I'm kinda stuck right now.

Any/All suggestions would be great.

Thanks in advance - I'm a relative newbie to mac troubleshooting.
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