Won't boot up completely

When I start up the computer, I get the apple and the spinning ball. It spins for a couple minutes then restarts the computer. Over and over and never completely boots up.

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Try a safe

(shift) boot. If that works run Utilities->Disk Utilities-> Disk First Aid->Verify Disk, & Repair Permissions

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Thanks for the tip. I tried it but the machine won't do anything but spin for a couple minutes then restarts on it's own - over and over. Any other ideas?

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Nope - you could try to recover any important data (that should be on a backup but isn't). However it will cost a lot of money for recovery applications, your time, and the data may not be recoverable.

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I have recently used Data Rescue 3 on a mac and was able to recover data to an external, you have to decide wether the data is worth the expense of this kid of software.

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Running Disk Utilities from the disk you're trying to repair does not work well. It's kind of like working on a car engine while driving down the road. Start up from your system installation disk. Go to the second page pull down menu to Utilities - Disk Utilitiy and see if you can repair the drive.

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here's how to replace it: PowerBook G4 Aluminum 17" 1-1.67 GHz Hard Drive Replacement

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Disk utilities from the Software reinstall disk says the hard drive has encountered a fatal error. Looks like a new hard drive is in order. Thanks for the info.

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