Greetings potential new friends!!! I'm a complete and total Apple/ Mac Noob. I have been messing with PC's since the days of the IBM PC jr., remember those? I stumbled across what I thought was a smoking deal on an iBook G3 500 mhz, 320mb RAM, 10gb hdd, for $14.00!!! So I get it, acquire an Apple Hardware Test CD and figured I go to town. I turn it on and automatically I get this clank, clank, clank...from the hard drive. So I turn it off, put the Test CD in and hold down the "C" Key and it took a while but it loaded and I opted for the extended test. Everything passed but the Airport(doesn't have one) & Mass Storage says not installed. I then reset the pram and I get the apple logo with the spinny thing and then 10 minutes later it goes to this flashing "?" with a folder under it. So I reboot and hold the left alt/option key which brings up the hard drive but not the CD? I've been looking up guides on hard drive replacement from ifixit.com, any suggestions though?
iBook G3 HELP!!!!
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Well, it's been a minute since I decided to get in here and update you guys on my progress. I had started up the machine and heard the usual click, clank click, the hard drive would make, so I just let it run...you know just to see. I went outside to have a cigarette, yes I still smoke, and when I was done I went back inside and instead of seeing the usual flashing question mark over a folder, I actually got a log on screen. Unfortunately, I had no way of getting into the account so I wiped it and a "Friend" had a version of OS X he wasn't using and gave it to me. I thought I hit pay dirt but it turns out that 10.0.4 really sucks and you can't do squat with it....completely worthless. I have since purchased OS X 10.3 Panther on eBay, a retail 3 CD version for $50. So far I left the iBook running overnight and the hard drive hasn't clanked since, did it work itself out or am I wasting time and it's going to explode any day now?
It's likely that the platers were stuck and took some time to get loose and spinning. Do you hear the spin up when it powers on or only the clanking? If you shut it down for a day or two, does it clank again at power on? It's not likely to keep clanking once it's already spinning unless it's a lot of head seeking on damaged platters.
I'm not sure what the issue is or was. It now works as it should. When I start it back up after a day or so there is no clanking, however, It did clank one other time after the laptop was already booted, everything froze up and I got that rainbow circle type of thing? So I shut it down, pressed on the lower left hand side of the case, and it hasn't doen it since. I'm sure I'm working with borrowed time with this hard drive. I'm just happy that it even boots up and that I don't have to take it apart, yet. I'd like to be able to do a surface scan of the drive to check for bad clusters and what not. I know that disc utility instantly says that the drive can't index, but it seems to be working fine. I'm looking forward to getting my 10.3 version of OS X so I can actually put the machine through its paces. You can't do anything with 10.0.4, other than listen to CD's and reading e-mail, PDF's, the OS is worthless. So hopefully tomorrow or Wednesday it'll be here and I can actually have some fun and really see what's up with the Hard drive
Well, my 10.3 Panther CD's arrived Wednesday afternoon and I installed and updated everything. It's ok, but I need more memory, badly. Skype 2.7 doesn't work but 2.5 does. However if I'm using Skype than I can't do anything else with the iBook. I loved the fact that when I plugged in my USB bluetooth Adapter, a Plantronics 910 bluetooth headset and adapter, I didn't need drivers it just found it and I was good to go! I'm enjoying fiddle farting around with my first apple!!! I think it's funny that I can get my 2nd gen Ipod Nano to work on this old iBook but my new 16gb iTouch, when I plug it in, I get this message this message that I need OS X 10.4.10 for it to work....oh well. I'd like to know if I can swap in a 900mhz G3 Logic Board? Is that possible?
I'm actually enjoying my time spent on this old iBook! I have just recently got my old USB webcam, a Creative Webcam Instant, to work with the iBook. I found a place on the internet, webcam-osx.sourceforge.net and found that their latest driver, version 0.9.1, supports my webcam. So I downloaded the driver, read the read me file and did what it said and now I have a web cam that I can use with Skype. The true issue is, is that this thing doesn't pump out enough to talk and display video at the sametime so all the other person gets is a frozen image or a black screen. My broadband connection is more then sufficient and when I just use the Macam utility it displays the video and records QuckTime movies just fine. I suspect I need more memory, but truly I believe I really need a more powerful cpu, hence a better laptop. But, in reality, I'm enjoying seeing what I'm able to get away with. The simple fact that a webcam meant purely for a windows pc, works on a Mac is cool. Everyday since I've gotten this thing up and running, I've learned a little bit more! I can't wait to get the Economic Stimulous check, then I'll get something better...should've done direct deposit, I'd have had it by now...oh well....
That iBook was caled the “snow