13 Replies Latest reply: Sep 11, 2009 10:17 AM by Lyssa
Danny90 Level 1 (0 points)
I need a lot of help!. I bought my Gf an iBook G4 recently and it was running ok it was on 10.4.11. I have an iMac and i installed the new snow leopard on mine. So i tried to install snow leopard on her iBook through firewire. i think i deleted everything from her harddrive or something.And now when i turn the iBook on i get the folder with the question mark. how can i solve this problem.?

iMac & iBook G4, Mac OS X (10.6), iBook G4 Flashing folder.
  • Lyssa Level 6 (17,825 points)
    Snow Leopard CANNOT be installed on the iBook. The iBook doesn't have an Intel processor and Snow Leopard isn't compatible with non-Intel machines.

    You need to find the install discs for her iBook and try doing an Erase and Install. Note: this will remove ALL her data, so see if you can get that saved elsewhere before installing. You can use Target disk mode to remove the data if the hard drive is physically OK.

    ~Lyssa
  • Danny90 Level 1 (0 points)
    how can i install it though because the ibook doesnt play Dvds. and i dont have the disc, i only have the snow leopard and Mac OS X 10.5. it wouldnt matter if her stuff got erased though she didnt have much stuff on it. just music. thanks though for letting me know i cant install snow leopard on it.
  • Lyssa Level 6 (17,825 points)
    How much RAM is in the iBook?

    If you have a retail copy of Leopard, you could use that to wipe the drive & reinstall OS X as long as her iBook has at least 512 MB of RAM and a processor that is 867 MHz or faster.

    ~Lyssa
  • Danny90 Level 1 (0 points)
    im not sure. how would the installation be is there a step by step on how to do this?
  • Lyssa Level 6 (17,825 points)
    Since the computer won't boot, the easiest way to check processor speed & amount of RAM is by lifting up the keyboard and checking the sticker in the upper left corner. You can just post everything it lists here, if you'd like.

    For the installation itself, it'll be a piece of cake if you have that retail copy of Leopard or find/get the original discs for the computer. Do keep in mind that a retail copy of Leopard doesn't have the iLife suite (iPhoto, iDVD, Garageband, etc)

    Basically, this is what you do:
    1) Insert the Leopard disc and start the computer with the C key held down.
    2) Choose a language and the drive you want to install on, then click the "next" button (or whatever the option is).
    3) Let the computer do its thing.

    That's all there is to it!

    ~Lyssa
  • Danny90 Level 1 (0 points)
    is this for the iBook G4 laptop?..because there is no stickers on it. my ibook doesnt have the drive to accept DvDs i was thinking if we could do this through firewire. would that be possible?
  • Lyssa Level 6 (17,825 points)
    Hmm. It could have peeled off.

    Underneath the display, you should see "iBook G4" or simply "iBook." Which do you see? If you see "iBook" you can't install Leopard.

    You can do the installation over Firewire, but you'd want to do it this way:

    1) Insert the install disc into the machine with a DVD drive, then power down that computer.
    2) Connect the two computers using the Firewire cable.
    3) Start the working computer with the T key held down.
    4) Once the Firewire symbol shows up on the working computer, start the iBook with the option key held down. You should see the install disc as an option. Select it, then follow the instructions I listed.

    ~Lyssa
  • Danny90 Level 1 (0 points)
    yeah it says "iBook G4".
  • Lyssa Level 6 (17,825 points)
    Alrighty. Then give the installation a try and see if it works. If you get error messages along the way, post them here.

    ~Lyssa
  • Danny90 Level 1 (0 points)
    thanks a lot your being very helpful. which Cd would i need to do this installation. Would i be able to use the Mac OS X 10.5 that i have which is 2 Cd's, because i don't have the one for the iBook.
  • Lyssa Level 6 (17,825 points)
    If the disc you have is gray, it is machine-specific and will not work with the iBook.

    If this is the case, you'll need to buy a retail copy of Leopard or call Apple and order replacement discs for this computer.

    ~Lyssa
  • Danny90 Level 1 (0 points)
    yes it is gray. i guess im gonna have to buy one. are the replacements free?
  • Lyssa Level 6 (17,825 points)
    All I know is that replacements can be obtained for a reasonable cost--I've heard a few users say this cost is ~$20 per disc, but I'm not certain. You'll need the iBOok's serial number in order to receive replacements.

    ~Lyssa