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User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 15
Posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 982 times:

Hi all

My Powerbook G4 has died; although the machine still chimes and boots up the display is corrupted and needs a new motherboard at the cost of too much money to be worth repairing.

So I went out and bought an Imac G5 at the weekend. I want to transfer files via firewire from the powerbook to the Imac, and this should be okay as the hard drive on the powerbook is fine.

Thing is, how do I get the hard drive on the powerbook to show up on my Imac? I know this can be done as I say the Apple Center do it.

Many thanks in advance for your assistance


I used to think the brain is the most fascinating part of my body. But, hey, who is telling me that?
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User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21462 posts, RR: 53
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 978 times:

Sorry to hear that... It could also be a problem with the hinge cable between the motherboard and the display... That´s a potentially problematic component in any laptop.

To transfer your data, you should follow the instructions here: Target Disk Mode

As far as I remember, you can have the MacOS X installer move your entire installation to the iMac automatically. That´s probably the easiest way.


User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 972 times:

Thanks Klaus

BTW, unfortunately it is the graphics card which packed up, requiring a whole new motherboard. I think I'll sell the Powerbook on ebay now (obviously explaining the repairs that are required). Biggest bummer of all is that the machine packed up 5 days after my warranty expired  Sad

Still, the Imac G5 is loooovvvveeeelllllyyyyyy! Big grin



I used to think the brain is the most fascinating part of my body. But, hey, who is telling me that?
User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21462 posts, RR: 53
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 965 times:

Quoting Ryanb741 (Reply 2):
Biggest bummer of all is that the machine packed up 5 days after my warranty expired

And they didn´t agree to still cover it under manufacturing defect? Had you dropped it or otherwise contributed to the failure? I´ve had a defect shortly after the expiration of the warranty and they still accepted it...

Quoting Ryanb741 (Reply 2):
Still, the Imac G5 is loooovvvveeeelllllyyyyyy!

I bet! Have fun!  bigthumbsup 


Random personal recommendations (just ask Google):
- "Clutter" for automatic CD cover retrieval and -display
- "SizzlingKeys for iTunes" is the essential iTunes controller
- "Witch" - a cool Window sWitcher as the perfect supplement to Command-Tab
- "LittleSnitch" tells you all about anybody "phoning home" (or just out) and offers to filter all network accesses from applications or the system
- "MenuMeters" - if you want to stay on top of what your system is doing
- "TinkerTool" - uncover hidden system options
- "iTele" for digital TV


User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 960 times:

Thanks.

I just love OS X Tiger - some of the widgets are pure genius Big grin

I even got my wife (who hated computing in my dark days using Windows) to really get into using the Mac- so much so that she went out and bought a really expensive Harman Kardon Soundsticks II speaker setup (which totally rocks by the way). She has her eye on a Powermac, but I think I'll wait and see what happens once the transition to Intel processors has taken place before making the plunge.

But to me, the Imac is the definition of what a home computer should be in terms of design and ease of use. I ask myself the question 'why has nobody thought of this before - a one piece integrated unit?' Oh right I forgot, Apple thought of it before with the IMac G4 Big grin



I used to think the brain is the most fascinating part of my body. But, hey, who is telling me that?
User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21462 posts, RR: 53
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 952 times:

Yeah, Jonathan Ive is a real design genius!  bigthumbsup 
It would still be only half as cool if the system in that pretty case sucked... which it doesn´t, fortunately. Big grin


User currently offlineUN_B732 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 4289 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 904 times:

I agree, call Apple just in case they are nice and will help you.. Be insistent, better than losing a fe whunderd dollars cash.


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