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Hello,

Today when I tried to boot my macbook, nothing happened. The backlight went on, but the computer didn't boot.


Any ideas? How would I go about fixing this..


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Hello,

Today when I tried to boot my macbook, nothing happened. The backlight went on, but the computer didn't boot.


Any ideas? How would I go about fixing this..


Thanks
Is it still covered by warranty...if so...hello Apple Store!

- Nick
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Is it still covered by warranty...if so...hello Apple Store!

- Nick


Unfortunately, it's too old, it's a powerbook 140
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Try booting the Powerbook with your original install media. Does it boot?

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Have you got the OS install disk? if so try booting from that and running Repair Disk. Otherwise not good news as she is a very old machine, released in 1991, and probably not worth spending too much on.
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I don't have the original install disk, I was hoping that there was a key combination or something similar to diagnose what's wrong. ( Something like safe mode or booting into bios on a PC)
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Is it still covered by warranty...if so...hello Apple Store!

- Nick
hmmm let me see, your right your right your right,. check with apple store first or local computer shop, its pretty hard for anyone to diag over the net..
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Unfortunately, it's too old, it's a powerbook 140
What!!!...a Powerbook 140!

I hope this is a special project of sorts...and not your main laptop computer...you probably can't even surf the web with that (no modern browsers available that will run on it).

In any case...some Apple computers (even laptops)...have "booting" issues if the PRAM battery is dead.

I would say investigate if your laptop has a PRAM battery (this is NOT the battery that runs your laptop when it's not plugged in)...and if so replace it with a new one.

That is if this is a computer that you really want to get working.

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apple store first or local computer shop,
Don't forget...some of the employees at the Apple Store may not of even been born when the Powerbook 140 was launched...they ain't gonna know squat about a Powerbook 140!!!

Go into an Apple Store & ask them about a Powerbook 140...and they're gonna look at you like you are from Mars!!!

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What!!!...a Powerbook 140!

I hope this is a special project of sorts...and not your main laptop computer...you probably can't even surf the web with that (no modern browsers available that will run on it).

In any case...some Apple computers (even laptops)...have "booting" issues if the PRAM battery is dead.

I would say investigate if your laptop has a PRAM battery (this is NOT the battery that runs your laptop when it's not plugged in)...and if so replace it with a new one.

That is if this is a computer that you really want to get working.

- Nick

Yeah, I doubt it would be able to surf the net, although it does have a kermit and telnet client. I am wanting to load some of those old mac games onto it, and have it a 'gaming' machine. There really isn't any other use I could think of, unless I need a paper weight.
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Don't forget...some of the employees at the Apple Store may not of even been born when the Powerbook 140 was launched...they ain't gonna know squat about a Powerbook 140!!!

Go into an Apple Store & ask them about a Powerbook 140...and they're gonna look at you like you are from Mars!!!

- Nick
Yah, I assume that they won't be able to repair it, nor will they have parts for it.
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Yeah, I doubt it would be able to surf the net, although it does have a kermit and telnet client. I am wanting to load some of those old mac games onto it, and have it a 'gaming' machine. There really isn't any other use I could think of, unless I need a paper weight.
Yeah...I have some old Macs for that purpose as well. One of them needed a new PRAM battery to get it to boot. It was a desktop, but it may be the same problem with your 140.

Here's a link to some PRAM batteries. Some of them are for laptops...but I don't think any of them are for a PB 140.

As you can see, some of them are pricey...and that's why I said earlier, that this has got to be a computer you REALLY want to get running.

Since the PRAM battery could be more expensive than what the whole Powerbook 140 is worth!

You could just buy an old desktop Mac from the early 1990's, and use it to run those old games. The PRAM battery for an old desktop is just $5.00 bucks.

- Nick
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Don't forget...some of the employees at the Apple Store may not of even been born when the Powerbook 140 was launched...they ain't gonna know squat about a Powerbook 140!!!

Go into an Apple Store & ask them about a Powerbook 140...and they're gonna look at you like you are from Mars!!!

- Nick
, i had the thread open then posted two hours later, not seeing the post on the powerbook 140 but your right on all points..
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