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atom43 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I am currently in the middle of a G5 restoration project.

 

a little back story: I bought a non working G5 ppc of ebay and managed to bypass the issue of bad motherboard (three blinking led lights at startup) by swapping the whole motherboard out.

 

As the hard disk is new and formatted, i need to install OSX. The machine starts up without issues (chimes sound, loads up the apple logo) but im running on this error every time I try to install OSX (10.4.9 version).
any heads up on how to proceed?

 

additionally, i know I will have to run the fan calibration software, any ideas on where I can find that?

 

thanks and apologies for all possible errors, I'm quite new to the mac world

 

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  • 1. Re: cant manage to instal OSX to restored G5
    Ramón G Castañeda Level 4 Level 4 (1,445 points)

    That screen shows what is called a "Kernel Panic".  (Bad news!)

     

    Do you get that screen when attempting to boot from the OS X 10.4.9?

     

    Is it a retail DVD?  An OEM disk that came with a different computer will NOT work, as those are highly machine-specific.

     

    Is the hard drive formatted for Mac OS Extended HFS+ (Journaled)?

     

    The Calibration software comes with a machine-specific ATH (Apple Hardware Text) on the OEM DVD or CD that originally came with the Mac.  Ulike the OS, the ATH does not come on a retail disk.  You can't buy thatfrom Apple either. You'll need to provide the exact Mac machine number (such as PowerMac11,2)  and hope someone who can help you out in this regard can see your email address in your forum profile.

  • 2. Re: cant manage to instal OSX to restored G5
    atom43 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    thanks ramon, that cleares a bit.

     

    so the error yes comes up right as the booting starts from the DVD. The  copy I have is from another power mac but I got it from another machine, so it might me that the versions are not compatibile. As far as I know the hard drive should be rightly formatted, but will check that as well, it's a but hard to get that running as the only machine I have capable of reading it is the mac itself.

     

    the machine number (serial) is the following:

     

    CK3401TNVB

     

    hope this helps the more experienced out there

  • 3. Re: cant manage to instal OSX to restored G5
    Ramón G Castañeda Level 4 Level 4 (1,445 points)

    atom43 wrote:

     

    …the error yes comes up right as the booting starts from the DVD…

     

    Then we can rule out HD directory damage as cause of the kernel panic, a common problem (Norton Disk Doctor and Speed Disk for the Mac are known to cause the kind of directory damage that can lead to kernel panics), and leaves us with either an incompatible DVD or, more likely, some serious hardware damage like a bad mother board, bad RAM, damaged HD, etc.  An incompatible DVD would just not work but would not cause a Kernel Panic.

     

    That will be hard to troubleshoot given the many variables and unknowns you're dealing with.

     

     

    atom43 wrote:

     

    …the machine number (serial) is the following: CK3401TNVB…

     

    Unfortunately that is neither a serial number nor a Mac model number, so that doesn't help.

    Even more unfortunately, the way to read the Mac's serial number reliably is through software, namely Apple's System Profiler, once you've booted up. 

     

    atom43 wrote:

     

    …The  copy I have is from another power mac…

     

    It would have to be not just from any Power Mac but from an identical model.  Otherwise you will need a black retail Tiger install DVD that looks like this:

    Tiger_RETAIL_install_disc.png

     

     

    Hope one of the top participants  chimes in with more troubleshooting ideas.

     

    Good luck.

  • 4. Re: cant manage to instal OSX to restored G5
    BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (116,480 points)

    How to find the serial number of your Apple hardware product...

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1349

  • 5. Re: cant manage to instal OSX to restored G5
    MlchaelLAX Level 4 Level 4 (1,745 points)

    Call 800-MY-APPLE and give them the model and serial number of your Mac and request a Tiger replacement disc, which they should provide for about $17.

  • 6. Re: cant manage to instal OSX to restored G5
    Ramón G Castañeda Level 4 Level 4 (1,445 points)

    MlchaelLAX wrote:

     

    Call 800-MY-APPLE and give them the model and serial number of your Mac and request a Tiger replacement disc, which they should provide for about $17.

     

     

    1.— They haven't had such replacements disks for a G5  for quite some time now.  I tried getting one a couple of years ago (August, 2011) and they were already unavailable back then.

     

    2.— It's doubtful that the OP's serial number matches anything after he put in a replacement motherboard.

  • 7. Re: cant manage to instal OSX to restored G5
    MlchaelLAX Level 4 Level 4 (1,745 points)

    Ramón G Castañeda wrote:

     

    MlchaelLAX wrote:

     

    Call 800-MY-APPLE and give them the model and serial number of your Mac and request a Tiger replacement disc, which they should provide for about $17.

     

     

    1.— They haven't had such replacements disks for a G5  for quite some time now.  I tried getting one a couple of years ago (August, 2011) and they were already unavailable back then.

     

    2.— It's doubtful that the OP's serial number matches anything after he put in a replacement motherboard.

    On behalf of the OP: thank you for your efforts to dissuade the OP to attempt any of the help that I have provided for him!

     

    Your two year old anecdotal experience is, as is obvious, quite out of date.  Apple recently refreshed many of its supplies of replacement discs and as testified to by many on this forum, they have been receiving replacement discs.

     

    BUT OP: don't take my word for it; feel free to just give up and do nothing...

     

    Also, a serial number on the back of a Mac is still its serial number, whether the motherboard has been replaced or NOT!

     

    BUT OP:  don't take my word for it: feel free to just give up and do nothing...

  • 8. Re: cant manage to instal OSX to restored G5
    rccharles Level 5 Level 5 (5,370 points)

    Here is what I have. My guess is that Apple decided to make low cost Tiger and Leopard DVDs available withen you as for the restore dvd.

     

    Restore Tiger 10.4 & Leopard 10.5  DVDs are available from Apple by calling 800-767-2775 as of January 20, 2013. Have your serial number ready. Have your credit card ready too.  There is a small fee.

    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4720126?tstart=0

     

    Robert

  • 9. Re: cant manage to instal OSX to restored G5
    atom43 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    thanks to all for the feedback.

     

    I will try contacting Apple directly here in Italy and let you know.

  • 10. Re: cant manage to instal OSX to restored G5
    Ramón G Castañeda Level 4 Level 4 (1,445 points)

    Charming…

  • 11. Re: cant manage to instal OSX to restored G5
    Ramón G Castañeda Level 4 Level 4 (1,445 points)

    rccharles wrote:

     

    Here is what I have. My guess is that Apple decided to make low cost Tiger and Leopard DVDs available withen you as for the restore dvd

     

    If you mean retail, low cost Tiger and Leopard OS install DVDs, that would make sense.  It's a good thing if they're doing that.

     

    What the retail DVDs lack is the machine-specific AHT (Apple Hardware Test) that was originally included in the Restore media that came with each particular machine.

  • 12. Re: cant manage to instal OSX to restored G5
    atom43 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    However.. I misstyped the serial number

     

    right one is CK34301TNVB

  • 13. Re: cant manage to instal OSX to restored G5
    Ramón G Castañeda Level 4 Level 4 (1,445 points)

    That one is a valid s/n:

     

    Machine Model: PowerMac7,2

    Name: PowerMac G5 (2003)

    ModelCode: g5

    Family name: A1047

    Model Number: M9032

    Group1: PowerMac

    Group2: G5

    Generation: 1

    CPU speed: 2.0GHz

    Production year: 2003

    Production week: 43  (October)

    Production number: 61 (within this week)

    Model introduced: 2003

    Memory - flavour: DDR1-L-400

    Memory - number of slots: 8

    Memory - maximum total: 8GB

    Memory - largest module: 1GB

    Factory: CK (Cork, Ireland)

  • 14. Re: cant manage to instal OSX to restored G5
    Ramón G Castañeda Level 4 Level 4 (1,445 points)

    Here is the relevant Apple technical specifications page:

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/SP96

     

    Your particular model is the M9032LL/A Dual 2GHz PowerPC G5, on the right-most column of that table.

     

     

    This is a link to download a G5 User Guide in PDF format, revised in 2005:

     

    http://manuals.info.apple.com/en_US/PowerMacG5_UserGuide.pdf

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