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Re: Replacing iBook Hard Drive

I tried to boot from a CD, but that was not succesful, I guess
something else must be damaged on my computer, since I am not able to
get to the open firmware prompt, even if i disconnect the IDE cable. I
still only get a white screen.

On 6/12/05, Brad Boyer <flar@allandria.com> wrote:
> On Sun, Jun 12, 2005 at 12:42:26AM +0200, Marc Menem wrote:
> > So I just bought a new drive and replaced the old one, but my computer
> > won't boot, just the white screen.
> >
> > Correct me if I am wrong, but from what I understand about the system,
> > apple computers don't have a bios but open firmware which is installed
> > on the hard drive. So I guess that to get it fixed I would need one
> > way or another to install open firmware on my new drive. How am I
> > supposed to do this ?
> Have you tried booting from a CD or DVD? The new hard drive won't be
> bootable in its initial state from the factory. If it's even formatted,
> it will probably be setup with a DOS partition map and FAT or NTFS
> filesystems. You just need to boot from some other device and reformat
> it properly. I've done this a number of times with a variety of macs
> and standard OEM hard drives. However, you may need to partition the
> drive with Apple's Disk Utility to avoid problems. Last I checked, the
> Linux utilities for mac style partitions run better changing an
> existing partition than creating one from scratch.
> All of Open Firmware is onboard. You could boot the machine without a
> hard drive at all as long as you have some other bootable device.
>         Brad Boyer
>         flar@allandria.com

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