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#1 2017-07-13 04:24:22

Teck Heck
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Macintosh Powerbook 170 Startup Issue

When i boot up my macintosh powerbook 170, it plays the startup sound and the cursor appears, then nothing happens. no icons, top bar, or any window of any kind. it's not the lack of a boot disk that causes this, since the missing boot disk icon doesn't appear. i don't know if it's something easily fixable, or if it's something that might require hardware repair. i do know that there aren't any mods on the internals, considering it used to belong to my grandfather. i can post a picture if requested. any ideas?

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#2 2017-07-13 04:49:32

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Re: Macintosh Powerbook 170 Startup Issue

More than likely, you have a failed SCSI drive. It "sees" that the drive is there but can't read the data correctly. The easiest, most reliable and probably cheapest option is to replace it with a 2.5" SCSI2SD card.


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#3 2017-07-13 14:10:53

Teck Heck
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Re: Macintosh Powerbook 170 Startup Issue

Hmmm... the drive does start spinning on startup, so that must be it. But would repairing the drive be a possibility? and if not, is there any way to retrieve the data from the drive? And if repairing it isn't possible, then where could i get this card and how much would it cost?

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#4 2017-07-14 03:22:40

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Re: Macintosh Powerbook 170 Startup Issue

No, there is no real way to save that drive. Believe me, I've tried.

What you want is the SCSI2SD "Powerbook Edition". The wiki page says they are available in the USA through Inertial Computing but I'm not seeing it on their site. You may want to shoot them an email. CodeSrc sells them in Australia.


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