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    Mac G4
    Hi

    a buddy just gave me 2 of his old g4 mac desktop (He hasn't used them in years)
    but when i go to start one of them up it shows a pic of a folder in the middle of the screen with a ? mark then the ? mark changes to a face and then it changes back again etc.....

    Don't even get me started on the other one

    Thanks for any help

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    i figured out that the harddrive was f'd.
    any where i could get a cheap 1tb ide harddrive from.

    Thanks for any help

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alankellyeire View Post
    i figured out that the harddrive was f'd.
    any where i could get a cheap 1tb ide harddrive from.

    Thanks for any help
    The "?" icon as D3v1L80Y pointed out...means that there is no OS installed on the computer.

    So you need to install the OS...if you don't have OS install disks, then you need to purchase them.

    As far as the hard drive being no good...are you sure...if so a bad hard drive will also cause the same "?" icon to show up.

    Thus you will need a new or used working hard drive + OS install disks.

    By the way...depending on what model PowerMac G4 you have, it may not be able to address a hard drive larger than 128 gig.

    Hope this helps,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alankellyeire View Post
    i figured out that the harddrive was f'd.
    any where i could get a cheap 1tb ide harddrive from.

    Thanks for any help
    How come everyone wants to throw a honken HD into there machine. If you use an external drive for storage you get around the limit. You could have a whole rack of them. I have a Sun Blade with 3 HD's in it. Eventhough its SCSI for you old enough to know what SCSI is. I got it at the Thrift store like for $4.00. You work with what you got.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    The "?" icon as D3v1L80Y pointed out...means that there is no OS installed on the computer.

    So you need to install the OS...if you don't have OS install disks, then you need to purchase them.

    As far as the hard drive being no good...are you sure...if so a bad hard drive will also cause the same "?" icon to show up.

    Thus you will need a new or used working hard drive + OS install disks.

    By the way...depending on what model PowerMac G4 you have, it may not be able to address a hard drive larger than 128 gig.

    Hope this helps,

    - Nick
    yeah its def the harddrive check it in my other computer and it is making some weird noises.
    if i put partitions in a harddrive thats is larger than 128g will the com be able to pick it up then.

    Thanks for the help lads

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alankellyeire View Post
    if i put partitions in a harddrive thats is larger than 128g will the com be able to pick it up then.

    Thanks for the help lads
    My "gut" reaction is I don't think so...since before you partition it the computer would have to recognize that it is a 1 terabyte drive...so that you could partition it properly into 128gig segments.

    If you really need that much storage, I think that you hay have to live with multiple internal & external hard drives smaller than 128gig.

    BTW...you never told us what model G4 Powermac you have...if it's a newer one...it may support larger than 128gig drives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    My "gut" reaction is I don't think so...since before you partition it the computer would have to recognize that it is a 1 terabyte drive...so that you could partition it properly into 128gig segments.

    If you really need that much storage, I think that you hay have to live with multiple internal & external hard drives smaller than 128gig.

    BTW...you never told us what model G4 Powermac you have...if it's a newer one...it may support larger than 128gig drives.

    - Nick
    alrite i'll just get an big external harddrive instead.

    i was going to buy this one "http://cgi.ebay.ie/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=170387977607&ssPageNam e=STRK:MEWAX:IT" i'm assuming this will work well only 128g of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alankellyeire View Post
    alrite i'll just get an big external harddrive instead.
    Ok...this is the 3rd time I'm asking this question, What model G4 Powermac do you have?

    Some of the Powermac G4's could address hard drives larger than 128gig...but I can't tell you for sure unless you provide the info.

    Just trying to help you out,

    - Nick
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    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
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    The "Graphite" Power Mac G4
    i don't know the specs of it as i can get it on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alankellyeire View Post
    The "Graphite" Power Mac G4
    i don't know the specs of it as i can get it on.
    If by "Graphite" you mean the color...then there is a very good chance that it may be able to address a hard drive bigger than 128gig. But knowing the processor speed would help narrow things down further.

    This is why I was asking what model G4 you had...because it makes a difference! Thus we could have eliminated much of the "guessing dialog" so far in this thread.

    Hope this helps,

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alankellyeire View Post
    The "Graphite" Power Mac G4
    i don't know the specs of it as i can get it on.
    By the way...I do understand that it's hard for you to know what the CPU speed is on this G4...since your hard drive is busted...and thus cannot access the system.

    There usually is a label on the back or on the inside of the computer that lists the specs of the computer as it was shipped.

    Hope this helps,

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    If by "Graphite" you mean the color...then there is a very good chance that it may be able to address a hard drive bigger than 128gig. But knowing the processor speed would help narrow things down further.

    This is why I was asking what model G4 you had...because it makes a difference! Thus we could have eliminated much of the "guessing dialog" so far in this thread.

    Hope this helps,

    - Nick
    ok on this page Help Me Find My Mac. it is the mac g4 call PowerMac G4
    Digital Audio.
    sorry don't know the speed of it or anything.
    i don't think it will be able to use more that 128g of the harddrive cuz i remembered that when i had my mac g4 quicksilver Dual 800mhz working. that i was unable to use more than 128g of the harddrive i had in it. and since that model came out after this one i would asume it would be the same(correct me if i am wrong)

    so will that harddrive in my earlier post work on this mac.
    I think it will anyway but just want to be sure.
    i don't really care if it only is able to use just 128g of it.

    P.s THANKS for all the help

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alankellyeire View Post
    ok on this page Help Me Find My Mac. it is the mac g4 call PowerMac G4
    Digital Audio.
    sorry don't know the speed of it or anything.
    I thought you said it was "Graphite"...the Digital Audio G4 has a "teal" or blueish color front & accents..

    If you had a 733mhz Quicksilver or faster G4...it is supposed to be able to address hard drives larger than 128gig...if you are running OS 10.2 or higher.

    If it's a 733mhz Digital Audio or older/slower...than we are back to the 128gig hard drive limit.

    Sorry,

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    ok but will that harddrive work in my com. i don't care if i can use all of drive or not i just want to know will i at least be able to get to use 128g of that harddrive

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