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Hi Susan
 
I can't make complete sense out of your last post. The cost of replacing the LB in an iBook G4 is probably more than the computer is worth.
 
It could easily be coincidence that the failure happened when you plugged in that stick. The way to tell is to try booting your computer to something else, like the system CD that came with itit (hold down the C key while booting after you insert the disk), or an external hard drive with a compatible system; if the colors happen there too, then it's not your installed system that's the problem.
It could easily be coincidence that the failure happened when you plugged in that stick. The way to tell is to try booting your computer to something else, like the system CD that came with itit (hold down the C key while booting after you insert the disk), or an external hard drive with a compatible system; if the colors happen there too, then it's not your installed system that's the problem.
 
However, even if the LB is failing, your data is probably OK. One way to recover your stuff is to see if your computer will boot into Firewire Target Mode (hold down T key while booting) and connecting it to another Mac to copy the data off. If that won't work, the drive can be removed, and connected via something like this:
 
http://eshop.macsales.com/search/universal+drive+adapter
 
to another Mac to recover your data.
 
In a case where you risk important data, you might be well-served to contact a knowledgeable Mac consultant to help you. And when you do get this fixed, or get a new computer, make sure you stick to a good backup plan!

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Original post by: colleenthompson ,

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Hi Susan

I can't make complete sense out of your last post. The cost of replacing the LB in an iBook G4 is probably more than the computer is worth.

It could easily be coincidence that the failure happened when you plugged in that stick. The way to tell is to try booting your computer to something else, like the system CD that came with it, or an external hard drive with a compatible system; if the colors happen there too, then it's not your installed system that's the problem.

However, even if the LB is failing, your data is probably OK. One way to recover your stuff is to see if your computer will boot into Firewire Target Mode (hold down T key while booting) and connecting it to another Mac to copy the data off. If that won't work, the drive can be removed, and connected via something like this:

http://eshop.macsales.com/search/universal+drive+adapter

to another Mac to recover your data.

In a case where you risk important data, you might be well-served to contact a knowledgeable Mac consultant to help you. And when you do get this fixed, or get a new computer, make sure you stick to a good backup plan!

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