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I have just bought a iBook G3 which had the infamous logic board problem which I mended with a hot air gun. My hopes were high when I started it and the screen lit up. However there was the folder with flashing mac face/question mark. I tried to boot with alt pressed down but the hard drive didn't show up. Since I don't have the OS X disc I put i a Yellow Dog Linux CD (which I have installed on a iBook G4 several times) but it couldn't be read and the tray was ejected.

My first thought is of course that the hard drive is faulty but I'm a little concerned why the optical drive can't read from CD. Could there be any other possible explanation? Is there any other infamous logic board fault with this symptom? I'm a little afraid I have ruined something when torching the GPU. What would be my next step?
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Hmm... when I had that question mark flashing it was the HDD had conked off (and the apple store guys were like pretty sure about it being a HDD problem when they saw it)
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I have the same problem and think the hardrive has died. Also can anyone tell me how to obtain a set up disc for my Macbook 2006 model, the original was lost. Given I need a new hardrive I will require the setup. Appreciate any assistance/advice you can provide.
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