Macintosh Powerbook 5300cs Troubleshooting

The battery may not be charged. Plug a power adapter cord into the laptop and connect to an outlet for an extended period of time, allowing the battery to charge.

Make sure the battery is properly seated in the battery compartment.

Press the RESET button located on the back panel marked by a circle with a vertical line through it.

Restart the laptop and try ejecting the floppy disk again.

Your disk may be stuck. You may manually eject it by placing the end of a straightened paper clip into the small hole near the opening of the drive, and push firmly until disk is ejected.

Make sure to only use one, clean, dry finger on the trackpad.

A program may be busy; wait a few moments and try again.

Try to restart the laptop because the track pad might not have registered during start up.

If none of the above solutions work, the track pad may need to be removed and replaced. Follow the instructions of this guide.

Try to close any programs that are running to unfreeze the computer.

Force quit the program by pressing the Command, Option and Escape keys on the keyboard. Select the force quit option in the box that appears.

If the display says system error, try resetting the computer by pressing the reset button on the back of the computer.

If the previous suggestions do not work you may need to reset or replace the parameter RAM (PRAM).

If the keyboard is not working, try restarting the laptop as the keyboard may not have registered during start up.

Try to clean the keyboard and make sure its not dirty.

Try downloading the latest software for the keyboard on the product website and manually reinstall the drivers.

If none of these work, you may need to remove and/or replace your keyboard. Refer to our guide here on how to disassemble a 5300cs keyboard.

If four tones are heard, start the computer with the Disk Tools CD that came with the computer.

To reset the RAM restart the computer. Immediately after hear the start up tone, simultaneously press down the command, Option, P and R keys. Hold down the keys until the start up tone repeats itself three times, then release them. When the computer shuts down turn it on again, with the RAM reset.

You may need to replace the parameter RAM also known as the RAM.

Try using a different charger or power outlet to make sure that both are in working order.

Replace the battery by following this battery guide.

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