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Carlos Sanchez
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Icon 9 posted February 28, 2006 18:37      Profile for Carlos Sanchez     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I have a 15" Al Powerbook running 10.4.5, working perfectly until I enabled the firmware password. The next time I booted the powerbook couldn't recognize the internal HD and I can now only boot off the optical drive (after turning the firmware password off). I tried resetting the PRAM and power manager but nothing seems to work. I used my old install CDs to boot up the disk utility and the HD doesn't even come up on disk utility. Suggestions please!! Thanks in advance.
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From a hardware perspective, I wonder if somehow you jarred your HD. Have you dropped (or set down with some force) your laptop or played around with the innards since setting the firmware password? When I first got my Pismo, I couldn't get it to work 'cause somehow the HD connection had been disturbed. Refastening the cable fixed that problem and it's been running well ever since.

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Carlos Sanchez
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Thanks, I thought about that and opened the PB only to see everything attached. Is there an enclosure which I could mount the HD to so that I can access this as an ext drive? Ideally a firewire one so that I could use the mac migratio assistance to transfer the account information as well? Thanks in advance...
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Carlos Sanchez_____________Pull the battery and the clock or (pram) battery wait about 10 min reinstall both batteries and on first boot try zapping the pram, let it bong for at least 4 times and then let it boot. I hope that it would then boot correctly if not you may have other problems.

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You might also want to go into Open Firmware and do a:
reset-nvram
reset-all

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