PowerBook G4 12" PowerPC won't boot up

in macOS edited January 2014

Today my Powerbook fell to the floor from about 2 feet up.

At first all seemed OK, but I then noticed that Safari wouldn't start up, so i went to reboot to see if this would resolve the issue.

Anyway, upon turning the powerbook back on, it is going no further than the very first screen of the light grey background, with dark grey Apple logo in the centre of the screen, accompanied a few seconds later by the revolving "please wait" icon (apologies if this icon has a technical term - unfortunately i don't know what it's called!), and it just stays like that, without getting to the blue login screen.

I have tried going into Single User and Verbose modes to see if i can boot up that way, but no joy.

Any help very gratefully received.

Thank you,

Mike T


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    pbpb Posts: 4,234member
    Ouch, the impact seems to have damaged the hard disk. Can it boot from the system installation DVD? If yes, try to run Disk Utility from there to repair the internal hard disk (assuming that the damage is not serious and can be dealt of with software).
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