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8941 Views 8 Replies Latest reply: Jan 2, 2008 10:12 PM by Noah Kivett
Currently Being ModeratedOct 30, 2007 7:52 AM (in response to knateb)knateb, Welcome to the discussion area!
Just for the record, your iBook shipped with a version of OS X somewhere between OS 10.4.2 and OS 10.4.4. Therefore it will never boot from a retail Tiger (10.4) disc.
Have you tried resetting the PRAM?
Have you tried resetting the open firmware? The procedure is
iMac Alu C2D 2.4 GHz 20" and 24", Mac OS X (10.4.10), iBook G4 14" 1.42 [1.5GB],iBook 466 SE Graphite [576M-40GB],iMac G4 700/768MB
- Start up into Open Firmware by pressing and holding the Command-Option-O-F key combination during startup.
- At the Open Firmware prompt, type: reset-nvram
- Press Return.
- At the Open Firmware prompt, type: reset-all
- Press Return.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 30, 2007 7:57 AM (in response to knateb)I have an external DVD-ROM that I salvaged from a Mac G3 B&W in an alley. It's in a LaCie Firewire External box that I got from the thrift store for $5.
Not that I'm bragging about the cost (I am) but I use it for almost all installs now. Sometimes the drives in the machines I repair are flaky and cause problems on installs. I just spent half the night working on an install on a G3 B&W that kept failing, errors, won't boot. Finally I pulled that drive out of my external and just plugged it in to the G3. Installed everything in 2 hours this morning, no problems.
RichardG4s:450, iMac G4 17", iBooks: G3-700, G4-1.2(10.4.9), iMacs 3-400, 1-600, 10.3.9
Currently Being ModeratedOct 30, 2007 8:15 AM (in response to spudnuty)Thanks for the timely posts. I tried the Open firmware resets. I learned something I did not know existed. It did not help. And yes, per my original post I tried resetting PRAM. I did not know that this machine would not boot from a retail OS X disc; however, I tried the original restore and install discs and held down the "C" key to no avail. The machine should have, I think, booted from the system disc on Norton Utilities, no? Anyway, thanks for the input.ibook g4, PPC G4 Desktop
Currently Being ModeratedOct 30, 2007 8:40 AM (in response to knateb)
I did not know that this machine would not boot from a retail OS X disc;...
It won't boot from a retail Tiger disc since this is an earlier version of OS ;X than the iBook shipped with.
It shouldn't have any problem booting from the retail Leopard disc.iMac Alu C2D 2.4 GHz 20" and 24", Mac OS X (10.4.10), iBook G4 14" 1.42 [1.5GB],iBook 466 SE Graphite [576M-40GB],iMac G4 700/768MB
Currently Being ModeratedOct 30, 2007 11:29 AM (in response to Duane)Duane, thanks for your timely responses and help. One can always learn something new. Unfortunately, I still cannot get the iBook to boot from CD and, as far as I know, that is the only way I'll be able to use disk first aid to attempt repair.ibook g4, PPC G4 Desktop
Currently Being ModeratedOct 31, 2007 7:08 AM (in response to knateb)Do you have access to another Mac with a firewire (or an external firewire drive with the OS installed)? If so, you should be able to attach it in Target Disk Mode and use Disk Utility to repair your disk.
Hope this helps.iBook G4 1.42 GHz; iBook 500 MHz: iMac G3 350MHz;, Mac OS X (10.5), 1GB RAM
Currently Being ModeratedOct 31, 2007 7:20 AM (in response to knateb)I have the same problem. If you put in the Retail DVD of Leopard on startup, you will hear the dvd spin and search. But then does a normal startup.
It does take longer from the grey screen to the grey apple screen.
Tryed everything above and does not work.
If i mount it in OS and start it from there, i can press restart give in my password and it will restart, butt the same as above.
Apple suggests on its webpage to go to the startup section, there choose the Leopard dvd and press restart. It does not restart then and give an error sound like you unplug hardware.
Can anyone help me 2?PowerBook G4 1.67, Mac OS X (10.4.10), 15" 1,5GB
Currently Being ModeratedJan 2, 2008 10:12 PM (in response to Elmo299)Anyone have a solution for this yet?? I am trying to install 10.5 on a friends ibook G4 and I cannot get it to boot of of any retail DVD I have nor will it boot off of an external HD... When trying to boot off of the retail DVD it just makes a lot of spinning noises...3 Intel C2Ds, 2 G5s and a G4, Mac OS X (10.4.8)