Background: I was given a PowerBook G4 A1004 from a lady at work. She asked if I could troubleshoot it, but this is the first MAC I have ever worked on. She told me she doesn't want to put any money into it, but I am willing to if I can find a reasonable solution.
The problem: When it boots, I get the chime, but it goes to the screen with just a flashing question mark/folder.
What I've tried: Firstly, I spent most of my day yesterday and today trying to find a solution online, but nothing has worked yet... I have... 1. Reset the PRAM, and NVRAM. 2. I have held down the option-key to select from a boot device, but it does not list any boot device, even though there is a bootable DVD in the drive. 3. I have booted into the firmware, and it does find a HD when I run the command. 4. I have tried hooking a external USB 2.0 drive to read from a CD but it does not find it.
IMO, I think the HD is fried and just needs a new one, but then again it bothers me that It finds it in the Firmware. Also, I hear the DVD/CD drive spinning but still says there is NO boot devices available when I boot with Option. I am going to tear it apart this afternoon and see if disconnecting the HD or removing a memory stick helps.
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