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I´m desperate! I am traveling with my Ibook. It is an OSX Panther with a 40 GIG H.D. RAM is 600 MB (or is it MHz..I´m not a techie) I rely on the machine to store images, work with graphic programs, etc., and make CDs.
I just arrived in Quito, Ecuador.
Today,I tried to start it from full shut down. I got the opening music and the desktop almost opened, but then it started to show streaks of horizontal lines on the right side of the screen. Then the streaks stopped and the whole screen went to cycling pixels.....lots of rectangular shapes cycling up thru the screen.
I turned it off with the off/on button and pressed the button again to try starting it. The music came on but the screen stayed black. I turned it off again and on again a few times. Each time I turned it on the music came on but the screen stayed black.
If anybody has any hints I would be forever in their debt. I do not know what HARD RESET is or how to do it. Likewise with PMU RESET.
About a year ago, I had a problem with the machine when I was in Buenos Aires. The shop in BA discovered that the Logic Board had quit. This was a weakness for the model I have and the BA shop sent it back to MAC. MAC fixed it under parts warranty and the machine has been fine ever since.
Thanks for any suggestions, Tim
ibook   Mac OS X (10.3)   40 GIGs

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Thanks Jakob. yesterday, I pressed down on the left hand rest, as i started the computer, and I got a screen. Not my desktop. just a grey screen with a folder icon in the middle. The icon slowly disappeared and the screen went streaky.
I purchased the ibook two years ago. I hope they are still replacing the logic boards. I will check out the support sight you recommended.
I must say, I am very fond of the ibook but RELIABILITY is #1 for me. I can`t afford to have a computer that fails.
I`ll be looking for a replacement laptop soon. I am fond of Apple but they don`t make sense traveling. There is very little support in S. America.
Tim
ibook   Mac OS X (10.3)   40gig 900mhz

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