May 12th, 2009, 09:40 AM #1
Otions in menu bar are blank. No dock.
When I turn on my Powerbook G4 15" a little Earth icon flashes about 15x. Then a small question mark flashes followed by the Mac smiley face icon. They alternate flashing about a dozen times or so.
My computer then goes to the grey-on-grey Apple logo screen, then to the password login screen. I enter password and successfully get to my desktop, HOWEVER:
(1)the font on my menu bar seems to have changed. No big deal?
(2)The menu bar is incomplete as I'm missing my internet signal indicator
(3)My dock is completely gone. Cannot find it anywhere.
(4)I have desktop icons but cannot left click on any of them. When I do I just get a long blank white colored rectangle. When I roll cursor over it it turns blue. Still blank though!
(5)This is the same with the menu bar. When I click on anything (Finder, File, Edit, View, etc) the drop down menu is just blank empty space.
I probably have only 1 GB of memory left. Could this be a contributing factor?
May 12th, 2009, 04:01 PM #2
Try a safe boot (start and hold shift key). Keep holding the shift key until it comes to the log-in screen. If all seems okay there then just reboot normally and see how it acts.
May 12th, 2009, 06:15 PM #3
I tried a safe boot. started the computer holding the shift key. The screen read Welcome to open Firmware. To continue booting type "mac-boot" and press return. To shut down type "shut down" etc, etc... When I rebooted I was back where I was before.
I also started computer holding down option key. Exactly the same options and results as above.
In System Preferences I went to startup disk and selected "Network Startup" to start up the computer. Hit "Restart", and still no luck.
Afterwards I went and tried "Mac OS X, 10.4.11 on Macintosh HD" and nothing yet.
May 21st, 2009, 06:48 AM #4
I just wanted to say that I am experiencing the same problem that you are, with the exception of the flashing earth icon, and I have tried the same things suggested in this forum without success as well.
May 21st, 2009, 09:10 AM #5
I don't think there's anything you can do to resolve it... except, bring it to an Apple Store.
That's what I did, and they fixed it up for me 1,2,3 (well not "1,2,3" -took about 2 hours for the computer to move stuff to the external) at the Genius Bar free of charge!
I suggest you try this.