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GuardianXF Level 1 Level 1
After I tried to install Leopard on my Macbook Pro, the install failed and the second time I tried to install it after restarting it said that it could not be installed because it didn't see OSX 10.4.11. It won't boot up off of the OSX 10.4 install disk either saying that software can't be installed on the computer. Whenever I try to boot off the hard drive it can't find OSX 10.4, it either gives the old question mark folder error or it just literally shuts itself down. Any ideas? I would greatly appreciate anything.

Mac OS X (10.5.2), MacBook
Reply by BDAqua on Jun 8, 2008 7:34 PM Helpful
Try starting from your Tiger Disk again, then...

"Try Disk Utility

1. Insert the Mac OS X Install disc that came with your computer, 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. (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 First Aid 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. Click Repair. Disk Utility checks and repairs the disk."

Tell us if there are errors! And whether fixed or not.
Reply by Carolyn Samit on Jun 8, 2008 7:27 PM Helpful
HI Guardian,

If you haven't tried this ... boot the MBPro from the Tiger disk by holding down the C key, inserting the disk and pressing the power button all at one time. Release the C key when you see the Apple logo on the screen. By default an Installler window will open. Ignore that... now look up at the Menu and click Utilities/Startup Manager. Click Startup Manager. A window that opens will indicate the drives available to boot from, I'm praying it will say 10.4.x in there. If it does, select MacintoshHD 10.4.x and click Restart. If this works then you have a working Tiger system folder. The thing that tipped me off is the, "question mark" icon... that shows up when the computer can't locate a system folder.

Also, whenever you install an UPGRADE from say Tiger to Leopard make sure you have enough free drive space. You can use Disk Utility in Applications/Utilities to do that. Rule of thumb... never allow a drive to fall below 15% free space.

Carolyn

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  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10
    Starting the Install of Leopard would wipe outTiger/10.4.x's ability to boot up.

    Likely you had/have HD damage.

    Is this Leopard Disk labeled an "Uprgrade Disk", or "Up to date" disk?
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10
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    HI Guardian,

    If you haven't tried this ... boot the MBPro from the Tiger disk by holding down the C key, inserting the disk and pressing the power button all at one time. Release the C key when you see the Apple logo on the screen. By default an Installler window will open. Ignore that... now look up at the Menu and click Utilities/Startup Manager. Click Startup Manager. A window that opens will indicate the drives available to boot from, I'm praying it will say 10.4.x in there. If it does, select MacintoshHD 10.4.x and click Restart. If this works then you have a working Tiger system folder. The thing that tipped me off is the, "question mark" icon... that shows up when the computer can't locate a system folder.

    Also, whenever you install an UPGRADE from say Tiger to Leopard make sure you have enough free drive space. You can use Disk Utility in Applications/Utilities to do that. Rule of thumb... never allow a drive to fall below 15% free space.

    Carolyn
  • GuardianXF Level 1 Level 1
    It's an Upgrade disk and I'm worried I may have selected Archive and Install by mistake. It didn't even begin to install anything before it said an unknown error occurred with the giant yellow caution icon.
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10
    Try starting from your Tiger Disk again, then...

    "Try Disk Utility

    1. Insert the Mac OS X Install disc that came with your computer, 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. (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 First Aid 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. Click Repair. Disk Utility checks and repairs the disk."

    Tell us if there are errors! And whether fixed or not.
  • GuardianXF Level 1 Level 1
    The Leopard disk shows 10.4 on the drive, the Tiger disk does not.
  • GuardianXF Level 1 Level 1
    Disk Utility doesn't show 10.4 as being on the drive at all. The Windows partition shows up but the OSX partition is unavailable or seen as unmounted for some reason. Also, the first thing that shows up after I choose a language on the 10.4 disk is that the software cannot be installed.
  • GuardianXF Level 1 Level 1
    On the 10.5 disk it stops after "Checking Catalog File" and shows "Invalid node structure" "Volume check failed" and finally "Error: Filesystem verify or repair failed"
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10
    Also, the first thing that shows up after I choose a language on the 10.4 disk is that the software cannot be installed.


    Yes, not to worry about that until we can Reair the Disk!

    When you click on that partition on the left, does Repair Disk become a possibility? Not Repair Permissions!
  • GuardianXF Level 1 Level 1
    Repair is not an option, only "Verify" which we did. and got "Invalid node structure" "Volume check failed" and finally "Error: Filesystem verify or repair failed"
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10
    If you have another Mac around there might be a different way, but right now I think the best bet is DiskWarrior, you need the CD though.

    http://www.alsoft.com/DiskWarrior/
  • GuardianXF Level 1 Level 1
    I do and I have the problematic one in Target Disk Mode as we speak and I got the "Must back up as soon as possible" error message as soon as it mounted. I'm going to the Apple Store tomorrow too.
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10
    OK, you got it under control now?
  • GuardianXF Level 1 Level 1
    Not yet, I'm backing up over Firewire at least but hopefully the Apple Store will have the right disks. Thanks for everyone's help!
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10
    Good luck... I meant you know the problem now, and why it botched... pre-exiting problem(s)!? ")
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