5 Replies Latest reply: Mar 24, 2008 9:46 PM by Maplegrove Bob
Maplegrove Bob Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I am going to give my Powerbook G4 to a friend, so I thought I would wipe the drive and reinstall to OS. I was running 10.39. I started zeroing the drive and it locked. It finally quit booting from the DVD, so I connected it to my MacPro Intel with firewire and initialized the hard drive.

I reset the Pram several times and have tried to boot from the 3.9 DVD with C and option keys, neither will boot up from the DVD. The option key gives me 2 folders, 3/4 circle arrow and straight arrow. Clicking them doesn't get me anywhere.

I tried to load the OS from my MacPro but it won't let me, since I have 10.5 loaded on it.

Any ideas?

Powerbook Titanium G4 400MH, Mac OS X (10.3.x)
  • littleshoulders Level 6 Level 6 (9,525 points)
    Hello MaplegroveBob,

    I thought I would wipe the drive and reinstall to OS. I was running 10.39. I started zeroing the drive and it locked. It finally quit booting from the DVD


    Panther 10.3 only came on cd's if I remember correctly. What "DVD" are you using exactly?

    Booting with the option key held down only boots to the startup manager which is for selecting a startup volume.

    See: Startup Manager: How to select a startup volume

    When installing from cd/dvd you need to hold the "c" key while rebooting.

    hope that helps some,

    littleshoulders

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  • Maplegrove Bob Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I assumed they were DVDs, but apparently CDs. I've rebooted many times holding down the C. It won't go ahead and boot. I just get the flashing ? folder. It will eventually eject my CD, won't recognize it when I re-insert it and eject it again in a few seconds.
  • littleshoulders Level 6 Level 6 (9,525 points)
    MaplegroveBob,

    The flashing question mark folder means that the computer can not find a valid system folder to boot to.

    What does it say "exactly" on the cd or dvd that you are trying to boot to? It should have an OS version # and say if it is a cd or dvd disk. Is this the original install disk for the PowerBook or a full retail install disk for 10.3.x Panther?

    What happens when you reboot holding the "x" key down (without the disk you are trying to use in the drive)? edit: Strike that, as you said you wiped the drive so there won't be a system to bootup to. If the disks are the correct original install or a full retail install disk for 10.3 and it does not boot then either the drive is damaged or the disk your using is damaged I would imagine.

    littleshoulders

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  • Maplegrove Bob Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I am using a retail 10.3 startup disc. It is fine. I finally hooked up a firewire external cd player and got it to boot from it. I re-initialed the powerbook drive, Mac extended (journaled) and verified the disc and tried to install the software. I get the red! on the powerbook drive and it says I can't install OS X on this volume because I can't start up using this volume.

    I don't think it was the cd drive either, I put in a 10.4 startup disc and I get a kernel panic.

    Any idea why I can install the software now?
  • Maplegrove Bob Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    The OS is installing now! It wouldn't install from an external drive, but when I tried the 10.3 disc back in the powerbook after reformatting the drive again, it loaded and I am now able to install the software. It must have just needed reformatting again.

    Thanks, Littleshoulders for your suggestions.