Model A1001 or A1025 / 667, 800, 867, or 1.0 GHz G4 processor

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Why can't I get past the gray screen?

Panic mode has set in!

Have done the following:

1. Disconnect, test peripheral devices and network cables. Made no difference.

2. Perform a Safe Boot. Would not perform a safe boot.

3. Reset the NVRAM/PRAM. Made no difference.

4. Start from your Mac OS X Install disc; use Disk Utility. Won't do it.

5. Check your cables and power source. Made no difference.

6. Remove third-party RAM and internal hardware. Made no difference.

7. Perform an Archive and Install installation of Mac OS X. Can't do it.

8. Perform an Erase and Install installation of Mac OS X as a last resort. Not willing to do that, because I really need a couple of things that are sitting on my hard drive.

Is there anything I can do to retrieve the information that I need from the hard drive?

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Get to another mac and start up in target mode. Connect via firewire cable, start the bad machine holding down the "T" key. It should bring the hard drive up on the other machine. Get your data off first. Then run disk utilities. Also check remedies listed on Apple's site for gray screen: http://support.apple.com/kb/TS2570

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Referring to your question at the end it is very easy with your computer to remove the hard drive and put it in a external drive to transfer files. I'm including the URL for the hard drive removal process. Ralph

PowerBook G4 Titanium DVI Hard Drive Replacement

Have you reset the PMU? I'm including the URL from Apple on how to do so. You might try that first. Ralph

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1431

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I need to do a Target Disc Mode from my broken screen Tibook to a Macbook please explain how to do it.

Thanks Woody

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