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    hd is dead?
    hi guys,

    i've had my ibook for about 2 years now and the other day i had problems logging in, after i entered my password it just scrolled for ages, and the laptop was making odd noises. Anyways, now when i turn on the ibook it goes automatically into single user mode, ive entered a number of commands and nothing is working, ive tryed rebooting it, putting in the osx instllation disc and holding c but thats noy working, also tried a few unix codes.

    after searching the forums ive come to the conclsuion that the hard drive is dead? is there any way i can get it to work again? i dont care about wiping the disk, thats fine, i just want it 2 work again, are there any unix codes to wipe the disk? i cant get out of single user mode.....

    thanks alot for your assistance guys and i would really appreciate help on this matter.

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    If trying to boot from the install disc is not working, you have other issues (possible in addition to hd failure). Can you boot into open firmware?

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    Resetting the PRAM should get rid of the lined code. Hold the 'Command' 'Option' 'P' 'R' down apon starting up then it should restart with a chime and no lined code. After that, I would try to reformat/reinstall and go from there.

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    thanks alot for your replies.

    i've tryed what spindleX suggested and so far, its working, its allowed me to re-install.

    i'll keep you guys posted, many thanks.

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    ok, so i tried re-installing and after about half an hour during install it says there is an error and install cant b done. I really dont know whats up, ive become a bit disheartened with the whole situation thats why ive left it a bit, but im hoping somneone can help.

    thanks.

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    Get your hands on a copy of disk warrior. If you're having problems with the disc's inability to find the files it needs to run the OS, DW can almost always clean it up.

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