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Kyle Chapman Level 1 (5 points)
Powerbook G4
1.5 GHZ PowerPC g4
Currently running 10.5.8

I am attempting to wipe and restore this laptop to its OG condition so I can give it to a friend. I have the original install disk OS 10.4 AHT Version 2.5 Disc Version 1.1

I pop in the disk and the computer recognizes the disk. But I cannot get the computer to boot the startup disk.

1. I have attempted to restart and shutdown the computer while holding C. It boots normally.
2. I have held down the option key while booting and it bought me to a screen. That screen only gave me the option to click on the mac HD drive.
3. I have used system preferences - start up disk- selected the 10.4 install disk and clicked restart. That just boots through like normal.

Any other way to go about this? Really would love some help...

- Kyle

Powerbook G4, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Kappy Level 10 (265,726 points)
    You are trying to boot an Apple Hardware Test (AHT) disc, not an installer disc.
  • Kyle Chapman Level 1 (5 points)
    So which disc is the isntall disc? The little packet has two disks in it. I was attempting to do this with disc 1, should I be using disc 2?
  • Kyle Chapman Level 1 (5 points)
    edit* Just looked at both discs.

    The first disc says it has mac osx 10.4 on it. The second disc is has only mac classic on it. . . .
  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,202 points)
    What are the 2z**-***-A numbers on those discs?

    Are they the original ones that came with the PB?
  • Kappy Level 10 (265,726 points)
    The correct disc should say Installer Disc 1 and show the version of OS X it installs. Disc 2 contains additional files such as printer drivers and pre-bundled software not normally installed with OS X. The disc labeled AHT is the hardware test disc. It may even have a different label - not the normal gray label on the OEM discs that came with the computer. +Note that you cannot use OEM discs for a different machine model+.

    Altogether you should have at least 3 discs. Perhaps you should try installing 10.5.x if it meets the requirements for CPU and RAM - at least 867 MHz CPU and 512 MBs of RAM. Apparently you must have that installer.
  • Kyle Chapman Level 1 (5 points)
    Yes these are the OG discs from the Powerbook.

    Disc 1 - 2z691-5517-A

    I can't link photos but disc 1 has the install for the OSX. I clicked on the OSX and it said click to restart and begin install process. So I did and it just booted like normal.

    Disc 2 - 2Z691-5499-A
  • Kyle Chapman Level 1 (5 points)
    I do not have the 10.5 retail disc I bought, I lost it. So I'm trying to re-install the OG operating system on this laptop.
  • Kyle Chapman Level 1 (5 points)
    This disc one is the correct disc. That's not my problem. My problem is that when I click on install OSX and software and hit restart, it doesn't bring up the screen to re-install, it boots like normal.
  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,202 points)
    Those appear to be the right Discs, at least for the 167 PB...

    My G4 1.67Ghz PB (pre-Oct 2005) came with a package of 2 DVD's (both in one envelope). The first is as you indicated, except for the last line, which says '2Z691-5517-A'. The second DVD says 'Mac OS X Install Disc 2, Disc Version 1.0' and the number is '2Z691-5499-A'.

    Only thing I can figure right now is maybe something wrong with the Install Disc or Optical drive?

    Can you use Disk Utility to Verify the Install Disc?
  • Kyle Chapman Level 1 (5 points)
    Just tired using my girlfriends computer via a firewire cable and used her disc drive. Still does the same thing, restarts and acts like it wants to go through the re-install process but just ends up re-booting like normal.

    Anyone have any ideas? The disc was never taken out of the case, it's mint......
  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,202 points)
    Did you try using Disk Utility to fix the HD, maybe with the PB in Target mode from the other Mac?
  • Kyle Chapman Level 1 (5 points)
    I'm trying to use disk utility on the PB to fix the HD right now. No need for target mode.
  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,202 points)
    OK, but you can't Repair the Partition you're booted from, so you'll need to boot to the other Tiger install to fix this one.
  • Kyle Chapman Level 1 (5 points)
    Ahh that was my problem. So I should try to repair the PB hard drive from my girlfriends computer?
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