PowerBook G4 Aluminum laptops with 17" displays

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Hard drive wont mount

Ok Im not techie, but before I pitch this thing I would like to see if there is a fix that won't cost me an arm and a leg.

My laptop wont start up. It has (had?) 10.5.8 on it I don't have the disk for that but I do have a disc for 10.5.6

If I start up I get the happy face/question mark icon....wont go further. If I insert the 10.5.6 disc, it goes to the screen to select drive to install on, the box is blank. No drive to pick from.

If I go to the top and select disk utility, the only disk to choose is the dvd.

Is my laptop toast? I know it is old, but I cannot afford another and this was working awesome til it blew its cork.

Thanks ever so much for any help you can give me.

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If this 10.5.6 is a gray disk, it is machine specific. If it is not for your machine it won't work. You would need a retail version of 10.5. It would help us to know your specific machine. Axxx number and EMC number. This information can be found in the battery compartment on most models.


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PowerBook G4 Aluminum 17" 1.67 GHz (High-Res) Hard Drive Replacement

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1 GHz/512MB/60GB/Superdrive

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not sure which set of numbers is the Axxx.......IC:579C-A1041 ?


Looks like this may be your machine:

Apple PowerBook G4 1.0 17" (Al) Specs

Identifiers: 17-Inch - M8793LL/A - PowerBook5,1 - A1013 - N/A


Pre-Installed MacOS: X 10.2.4 Maximum MacOS: X 10.5.8

Sounds like your hard drive has failed.

Standard Hard Drive: 60 GB (4200 RPM) Int. HD Interface: Ultra ATA/100


Thats what I thought.............but since Im not a techie thought it worth asking Thank you.


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