3 Replies Latest reply: Dec 5, 2012 1:42 PM by japamac
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I brought a G5 tower without a hard drive.  Put a new 1 terabite hard drive and got new osx 10.5.  Having trouble installing the osx.   Seems like the optical drive is not reading the disk.  Swapout optical drives with one from another working pc (dell), still not reading disk.  Do I really need to have apple

keyboard, mouse, and monitor, for it to work properly.  Am I just waisting time and money.


PowerMac, G5 trying to install op. sys.
  • 1. Re: Do I need to use an apple monitor for my pc to work right.
    Jacumba Level 4 Level 4 (2,325 points)

    A windows monitor, mouse, and keyboard will work on most older Mac computers. However you really need a Apple keyboard because there are some different keyboard keys your gonna need like the Apple and Option key that a windows keyboard doesn't have.

     

    As far as the hard drive I work mostly on windows hardware so someone like BDAqua would be very knowledgeable with that. I seem to think you need the hardware drivers for the G5 that may or may not be with the new OS 10.5? A Dell hard drive will not work with the G5 if it already has a windows OS installed to it, you'd have to reformat the Dell hard drive while in a Dell computer to erase it. Your not wasting your time.

  • 2. Re: Do I need to use an apple monitor for my pc to work right.
    Jacumba Level 4 Level 4 (2,325 points)

    Sorry you did mention optical drive too, yes it should work as plug and play. I know a Lite-on is one that does.

  • 3. Re: Do I need to use an apple monitor for my pc to work right.
    japamac Level 7 Level 7 (24,390 points)

    Put a new 1 terabite hard drive and got new osx 10.5.  Having trouble installing the osx. 

    The newest, 6.0 Gbps drives don't all automatically work with the G5 1.5 Gbps controller. Most Hitachi 7K drives are reported to, but Western Digital SATA 6.0 Gbps drives require a jumper on pins 5 and 6.

    Similarly, Seagate drives need to be limited to 3.0 Gbps by jumper.

     

    No drivers are necessary for hard drives. All necessary drivers for hardware are in the OS.