I just installed a new hard drive in my Powerbook G4; I used the Tiger upgrade disc to format the hard drive using disc utility. This proceeded without issue. Then, I restarted, ejected the Tiger upgrade disc and inserted Panther install disc 1; first I see the Apple logo, then all I see is a strange icon that looks like the universal icon for "do not" as used with traffic signs (a circle with a diagonal line) and that is it! What does this mean?
Cube 500 mhz, PowerBook G4 1.5GHz, iMac 15' 1GHz, iMac 17" 800 mHz, eMac 1GHz, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
If your computer was released with OS X 10.3.5 you cannot install an OS earlier than that. If the disk from which you were trying to boot was earlier than 10.3.5 that would explain the kernel panic indicated by the broken folder symbol.
I used the Tiger install disc thinking that I could do a full install, but since it was an upgrade disc, this was not possible. I did not reformat using the Panther disc--the install with the disc that came with the Powerbook went fine. The PB is running great.