1. Insert the Mac OS X Install disc, then restart the computer while holding the C key.
2. When your computer finishes starting up from the disc, choose Disk Utility from the Installer menu at the top of the screen. (In Mac OS X 10.4 or later, you must select your language first.)
*Important: Do not click Continue in the first screen of the Installer. If you do, you must restart from the disc again to access Disk Utility.*
3. Click the Erase tab.
4. Click the disclosure triangle to the left of the hard drive icon to display the names of your hard disk volumes and partitions.
5. Select your Mac OS X volume.
6. Highlight the drive, select Partition Tab, then Format type... MacOS Extended Journalled, select the Security Options button, choose Zero Out Data, Erase... after completion hopefully you'll be able to get a good install.
Thanks. I should have mentioned, there are three install disks: Disc 1, which says it's an upgrade disk, and disks 2 and 3. I've tried the different disk and am still not sure which one to boot up from for performing this task. And once I successfully complete the erase process, how do I reinstall the operating system and applications? Again, there are three disks. I guess for this version, there's no erase and reinstall option?
Sounds like you have an OS upgrade disk. You cannot use that on a drive that does not have what the upgrader is supposed to upgrade.
Disks 2 and 3 are for additional languages and various fonts.
Do you have the disks that shipped with the computer?
The disks of the full retail version of 10.3 (Panther) are black with a large silver X. Yes there were three disks. If you selected the bare minimum installation, only the first used.
I think I may have some more clarity here. I also have a software install and restore disk for OS 10.2.7. It looks different but I think that's the one I use and when I reinstall would I use that first followed by the upgrade disk? And am I still supposed to use disk utility to erase the hard drive?
Yes, start with 10.2.7. You can ask the installer to do a clean install, the installer will explain that choice erases the drive. If it does tell you that - this is from memory - you do not have to use Disk Utility.
Also, my memory is that a custom install, without all the languages, printer drivers etc, that most of us do not use, will only require one disc.
So, it's a clean, custom install - unless of course you need the languages and the extra drivers.
After you have 10.2.7 up and running, you can use the 10.3 upgrade.
Not to be demeaning which I usually am not, but why would you want to install Panther? There is little to nothing available for it.. your best bet would be Tiger or if your machine can take it, Leopard... Panther is so old and obsolete that hardly nothing runs on it anymore..
Again, no pun intended, just my thoughts on how to better help you in your situation... Tiger may be a better option for u.
* Mac computer with an Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 (867MHz or faster) processor
minimum system requirements
* 512MB of memory (I say 1.5GB for PPC at least, 2-3GB minimum for IntelMacs)
* DVD drive for installation
* 9GB of available disk space (I say 30GB at least)
Classic/OS9 Apps no longer supported.
Trouble is Apple no longer sells it, check eBay & such for the Retail version, not the Gray Discs...
You have to call Apple & likely ask for a Product Specialist to get it, if they still have it! Helps to tell them you have an iPad/iPhone & you can't run 10.6.
There are workarounds if the 867MHz CPU is the only hangup...
List of Applications Not Compatible with Leopard...