PowerBook G4 Aluminum 15" 1.67 GHz

Model A1138 / 1440x960 screen resolution

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Will not boot

At power up I get the apple chime then goes to the grey apple screen and the little circle just spins forever

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I finally replaced the hard drive, Price was right ,Larger drive install was very easy and the laptop is back and running fine

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At startup, hold +S simultaneously, then when the code stops, type fsck -fy, this will run a hard drive repair. Hopefully it will repair your hard drive and you can type logout to boot up as normal.

If it does not work, you will need to try re-imaging your hard drive.

If that doesn't work, replace the hard drive.

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I see, i suggest you re-image your hard drive

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I repeatedly had this issue after installing OSX 10.5 and then upgrading it to 10.5.8, eventually I realised that I had only 256MB of ram in the machine, so I swapped it for 1GB, and it booted up straight away. Also worth bearing in mind is that if one of the RAM slots has disappeared, as they do, this may leave you with only 256MB of RAM where you thought you had more! Another way to check what is happening is to boot while holding down Apple key and the letter 'V', this will boot the computer in verbose mode, which will allow you to see how far the machine has got, and if it has stalled.

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I replaced the Hard Drive very easy to install. Laptop running great

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at power, i only hear the sound of fan.

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Manny, this a year and a half old answered question. If you need some help please start a new question and give us a little more information. The more effort you put into your question, usually the better answer you get. Thanks

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Stephen Schenkel will be eternally grateful.

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