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PowerBook - big problem.. need help quick..


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i use my powerbook g4 for music.. recently its been acting really wierd.. so i reformatted the hard drive... worked find for about a week... then crashed and now it wont even turn back on..all i get is the appple in the start up screen and nothng happens..then eventually some screen comes up asking me if i want to boot the machine or shut down.. when i press boot nothing happens... anybody have any clue whats wrong and how i ccan fix this.. is there any way to reformat the machine without actually having it turned on?? im hoping that someone can help me heere because there are some tracks i made that i will not be able to recover if i can't figure this out... does anybody know what is going on... all help is appreciated ... thank you
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Go to an apple store and let it repaird.
Ask, if they got an new harddrive to put in to your mac, so that your files on the other harddisk can be restored..
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any clue how much money this would cost me?? im pretty tight on cahs right now.. are you saying the hard drive is done?
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Can you boot from the CDs?

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i have the 2 cds the computer came with... but when i put them in nothing happens.. and now i cant get the cd out.. is there something ican press to make it boot straight from cd without having to have the computer actually on..??
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hold the mouse button down while it starts to get the cd out. And to boot from a cd, hold the c key while it starts.
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****... looks like the thing is shot... the mouse works to get the cd out but the c button does not work to boot up the cd.. anybody know the cost of bringing this to get fixed..??
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****... looks like the thing is shot... the mouse works to get the cd out but the c button does not work to boot up the cd.. anybody know the cost of bringing this to get fixed..??
It definately looks like a job for the nearest Apple Store.

If you can't get your PowerBook to boot, and you have valuable audio files you're desperate to save, then it's possible you come to an arrangement with the Store about paying the bill off over a period of time.

There usually is a separate fee for Repair and Data Recovery so if you only can afford one or the other then you'll have to make that call.

I also use my computer for music makin' and suggest in future you back-up your data. :headphone
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If you have access to another Mac, you might be able to save you data using target disk mode. Hold down T as the computer starts and you could see a firewire logo bouncing around the screen. The computer is now essentially an external firewire hard drive. Plug it into another Mac through firewire and it should mount to the desktop just like any other external drive.
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nice.. thanks for all the help... ayone have any idea how much it is to get this fixed at the apple store?
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My powerbook G4 had a hard drive failure in June. The total cost of it for parts & labor for a new drive install was close to $300 (I had it done at an authorized center, not an apple store). Luckily I have applecare so it was all paid for by Apple. I kind of lucked out since my only warranty claim so far on my applecare cost the whole price of the applecare plan. Here's to another thing failing under warranty so I get my money's worth. Haha.
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