Best of the weekend to everyone! This 5 year old iBook (256 MB RAM, 600 MHz CPU, OSX 10.4) has been faithfully operating until recently. It "locked up" and was allowed to shut down normally (but very slowly). Now when attempting to start the machine, it slowly brings up the BIOS splash page (gray background). On pressing "C" on startup it shows the folder with a happy face alternating with "?". It then eventually shows a circle with a diagonal line on the screen and goes no further. I am unable to get it to access either the Tiger operating …

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I have had to replace the hard drive in a Mac iBook G3 that I was working on, and was trying to reinstall Mac OS X 10.4.6. However, the disk refused to load correctly (possible CD drive error, as I know the Mac disk to be good), and I also decided that it might be easier just to install Ubuntu from a flash drive. I have tried booting from a flash drive at the start up; as well as trying a variety of commands under the open firmware option, even going so far as to add USB boot options under …

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