IBook G3 will not boot! Hangs at "Waiting for Apple Files"

My iBook g3 will not boot past the "Waiting for Apple Files", Blue screen. I have tried everything from http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=107210 to http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=106214. I only have a Panther OSX 10.3 Update CD. Someone please help me!

Welcome to Apple Discussions.
I am not sure why you tried replacing the NetInfo database, or what effect that may have or have had on your startup. Here is where I would start:
Reset PRAM and Safe Boot
1. Shut down the computer.
2. Locate the following keys on the keyboard: Command, Option, P, and R. You will need to hold these keys down simultaneously in step 4.
3. Turn on the computer.
4. Press and hold the Command-Option-P-R keys. You must press this key combination before the gray screen appears.
5. Hold the keys down until the computer restarts and you hear the startup sound for the third time.
6. Release the keys.
7. Immediately hold down the "Shift" key until grey apple appears. This will make the computer start up in Safe Mode
8. Log in and empty Trash if needed.
9. Restart normally and log in.
Please post back with update or further questions.
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