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The aluminum PowerBook G4 was released by Apple to replace the previous titanium-body model. The 12" and 17" versions debutted in January 2003 with the 15" version following in September of that year.

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Why won't this g4 PowerBook boot up properly?

I've recently replaced the lcd screen on a g4 powerbook that a friend gave me after she'd dropped it onto a cement floor which damaged the lcd screen. I did the screen replacement myself which, for all intents and purposes went well but now I'm having a boot problem with the computer.

If I shut it down and it's been off for any length of time (overnight), when I try to start it up again I can hear the hdd starting and the boot chime sounds but then the screen remains black. I then go through the keyboard commands that I've read about to try and get it to start properly, such as, Option-Command-Esc followed by Ctrl-Command-Power button followed by holding the Power button down for 10 seconds but then when I try to boot it up again I don't hear the hdd starting and no boot chime.

I'll go through these steps a few times with no luck but then if I let the laptop sit for a bit and start going through these steps again it will usually restart properly after the 2nd (keyboard restart) step and everything works.

I'd really like to get to the bottom of this odd behavior. Could it be a faulty inverter or is it more likely (heaven forbid) the logic board beginning to fail or (hopefully) none of the above?

I'm currently using the powerbook to ask this question using just battery power in order to see how long the battery lasts, it's gone from 99% to 31% in approximately 45 minutes. I also want to run the battery right down to zero to see if the AC adapter will charge it back up to full capacity.

Any help and/or suggestions that might lead me to solving this dilemma would be most appreciated.

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To find the condition of your battery, download and run Coconut Battery (an older version rather than the current one). Your old battery probably has very limited capabilities.

Your hard drive data may have been damaged in the drop. Reinstall a system. Reseat your RAM. Zap the PRAM and Nvram:

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I'm interested to see if you have any problem booting from your system installation disk (indicating a hard drive issue).


Thanks for the quick reply mayer....:)

I've already done all the things you suggested in regards to the start up problem I'm having. What has me perplexed is the fact that there was never any boot up problems at any time after the unit was dropped, you just couldn't view the entire lcd screen as it was fractured diagonally.

After I replaced the lcd screen it started up right away with no problem and continued to do so for a couple of days, then out of the blue, it suddenly began this anomalous behavior.

In regards to the battery, I do have the computer optimized for highest performance using custom energy settings which may also be a contributing factor to the rather quick battery power dissipation along with the fact that it is an old battery but I will download the battery health software you suggested. BTW I did run it down to 0% and then plugged in the ac adapter and it is charging nicely, currently at 83% and rising....:)



Yes it does demonstrate the same start up behavior with the installation disk as it does when trying to boot up straight to the hard drive


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