My iBook G3 died last week. I got the very sad Mac screen and my OS wouldn't boot. I tried the usual Option-P-R to flash the memory, tried booting off of the install CD - and nada. Disk Utility couldn't erase or partition, and a quick hardware diagnostic showed that my MAC couldn't find its harddrive.
In a fit of confidence, I decided to replace the harddrive myself. Who knew that a Mac harddrive was in the most difficult to get at spot on a laptop? After taking out 47 screws, i figured out at 1:00am that the last 4 screws required a Torx screwdriver (which I didn't have of course). A little more research revealed that a Torx is a 6 sided star shape screwdriver.
I did, after a brief search, manage to find a star star screwdriver (literally translated from Chinese) and finally finished the job last night. I changed the harddrive, put it all back together and TA DA - it turns on. I've reinstalled the OS, and things seem to be ok. Unfortunately, I still have 5 extra screws that I can't figure out a place for...
But it runs. And I have 80G of space now! Hooray for Macs!Posted by nicki at July 19, 2006 06:06 PM