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guitarraholic Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hello,
i had a digital copy of os x leopard and i was trying to reinstall it, so i would double click on install mac os x, and it would tell me to restart, i would do this but nothing happened so i had to mount the disk again and double click install mac os x, and it told me to restart again. so i looked up how to install leopard from a dmg file, and it said to restore the dmg to the drive, so i went into disk utility and i put the source as the dmg, and the destination i dragged the imac hdd icon. it finished and i was gonna select the leopard file as my startup disk in system preferences, but that wouldnt run. i then noticed some of the letters were missing on the name of the icons in the dock, so i just restarted the computer, but it got stuck on the white screen. i tried lots of stuff like turning on while holding shift, but it didnt do anything, and i tried with cmd+s and that gave me some black command prompt where i typed/sbin/fsck -fy and that did some stuff and it said my drive was okay, but it still wont start up. What do i do?!?!

imac g5, Mac OS X (10.4.11), imac g5 white
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (119,040 points)
    Hi guitarraholic, and a warm welcome to the forums!

    i had a digital copy of os x leopard...


    No DVD? You need a DVD unless you have another boot drive.

    so i looked up how to install leopard from a dmg file, and it said to restore the dmg to the drive, so i went into disk utility and i put the source as the dmg, and the destination i dragged the imac hdd icon.


    Hopefully you didn't try that while booted from the drive you tried to Restore to!
  • guitarraholic Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    okay well i just burned the file to a dvd, will that work. and yeah i guess i did do that, why what does that do??
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (119,040 points)
    okay well i just burned the file to a dvd, will that work


    It should, insert it & hold the c key or Option/alt key at boot up.

    i guess i did do that, why what does that do?


    Really confuse the OS and maybe ess up the Hard Drive, as the drive you're booting from has many open files that cannot be replaced while running.
  • guitarraholic Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    i tried the C key and it didnt do anything, oh by the way i dont have the original apple keyboard, im using an HP keyboard, if thats a problem, although it shouldnt be cuz i can do single user mode
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (119,040 points)
    Qite often is a problem, but did you try holding the alt key?
  • guitarraholic Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    yeah it shows a box with imac hd, a box with a looping arrow, and a box with an arrow pointing to the right
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (119,040 points)
    It should show the DVD also, did you Restore the DMG to the DVD, or just burn the DMG to the DVD?

    In other words if you can view what is on the DVD, is there a bunch of files, or just the DMG?
  • guitarraholic Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    i burned it i think, and if i open it theres just a bunch of files like welcome to tiger,read before you install, install mac os x, xcode tools, optional installs, applications, library, system, etc
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (119,040 points)
    Tiger or Leopard???

    Sounds like it's there, but why it's not seeing it in Boot Manager with the Option/alt key is a mystery... other than the OS doesn't think it's a bootable Disc.

    Could this be from a Machine specific Gray Disc like for an IntelMac?

    Can you open the Readme file & see if it says any useful info?
  • guitarraholic Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    im trying tiger right now, first i wanna reinstall tiger, than leopard next, you know, one problem at a time. i dunno maybe, heres the readme:
    Read Before You Install
    Mac OS X
    Read this document before you install Mac OS X. It includes information about
    supported computers, system requirements, and installing Mac OS X.
    For more information about Mac OS X, visit this website:
    • www.apple.com/macosx/
    For the latest information about using Mac OS X, connect to the Internet and open Mac
    Help. To open Mac Help, click the Help menu in the Finder and choose Mac Help.
    For information about the support available for this product, see the AppleCare
    Software Services and Support Guide included with Mac OS X.
    System requirements
    You must have a Macintosh computer with:
    • a PowerPC G3, G4, or G5 processor
    • a DVD drive
    • built-in FireWire
    • at least 256 MB of RAM
    • a built-in display or a display connected to an Apple-supplied video card supported
    by your computer
    • at least 3 GB of disk space available, or 4 GB if you install the developer tools
    If you see a message in the Installer that you do not have enough disk space to install
    Mac OS X, you can deselect items to save space. To deselect items, click Custom Install
    in the Easy Install panel.
    Updating your computer’s firmware
    You may need to update your computer’s firmware. It’s best to update the firmware
    before installing Mac OS X. If you haven’t started the Mac OS X Installer, check the
    Apple Software Updates website to see if there are any firmware updates for your
    computer:
    • www.apple.com/support/downloads/
    If you don’t do this, you may see a message that you need to update your computer’s
    firmware when you start the Installer. To update the firmware, you will need to quit the
    Installer and restart your computer using your current startup disk, then check the
    Software Updates website.
    If you have problems with your computer after installing this version of Mac OS X, you
    might need to update the firmware even though you did not see a message when you
    installed the software. Check the Software Updates website for recent firmware updates
    for your computer.
    Starting installation
    To start installing Mac OS X, insert the Mac OS X Install DVD and double-click the
    Install Mac OS X icon:
    You can also start installing Mac OS X by inserting the Install DVD and restarting your
    computer while holding down the C key, or by selecting the Install DVD as your startup
    disk using Startup Disk preferences.
    Quitting the Installer
    If you need to quit the Installer before you click Install in the Easy Install or Custom
    Install pane, choose Quit Installer from the Installer application menu, then click
    Startup Disk to select a startup disk for your computer.
    If you have already clicked Install, wait until installation finishes.
    Advice about hardware compatibility
    Installing on a Power Macintosh G3 (Blue and White)
    If you have a Power Macintosh G3 (Blue and White) that came with an Apple SCSI hard
    disk, do not choose UNIX File System (UFS) as the format for the destination disk.
    Installing on a computer with a third-party SCSI card
    If you have a third-party SCSI card installed in your computer and you cannot start up
    Mac OS X, attach a disk drive or terminator to one of the card’s ports. If you continue
    to have problems, try removing the card. Contact the manufacturer of the card for
    more information about using the card with Mac OS X.
    Installing on a computer with a third-party video card
    If you have a third-party video card installed in your computer, you may need to
    remove it before you install Mac OS X. Contact the manufacturer of the card for more
    information about using the card with Mac OS X.
    Advice about installing Mac OS X
    Erasing and formatting your disk
    When you install Mac OS X, you can erase the destination disk you select. In the “Select
    a Destination” pane of the Installer, click the Options button. Select Erase and Install
    then choose a format. In most cases, choose Mac OS Extended (Journaled).
    Important Do not choose UNIX File System (UFS) unless you need to work with this
    format. If you choose UFS, Mac OS 9 and all Mac OS 9 applications must be installed on
    a Mac OS Extended format disk to use them with the Classic environment.
    To install Mac OS X on the same disk or disk partition as Mac OS 9, the disk must be in
    Mac OS Extended format. If it isn’t, quit the Installer and back up your files, then
    reformat the disk.
    You can also partition your hard disk into several volumes before you install Mac OS X.
    In the Installer, choose Utilities > Open Disk Utility and click Partition. Partitioning the
    disk erases the entire disk, so be sure to back up your files first.
    Installing optional software
    Easy Install installs all the software you need to use Mac OS X, but does not install
    some additional software. If you want to install this optional software or you don’t
    want to install all the software installed using Easy Install, click Custom Install and
    select the items you want to install. If you want to install this optional software later,
    insert the Mac OS X Install DVD and double-click Optional Installs.
    Locating the Installer log
    When you install Mac OS X, the Installer saves a log of the installation. To see the log,
    open Console (in /Applications/Utilities), click Logs, then click the triangle next to /
    var/log and select install.log.
    Reinstalling Mac OS X
    To reinstall Mac OS X, insert the Mac OS X Install DVD and double-click the Install
    Mac OS X icon, then follow the onscreen instructions. When you see the “Select a
    Destination” pane, click Options to select how to install Mac OS X:
    • Select “Archive and Install” to save your existing system files, user accounts and
    their home folders, and existing network settings. The Installer saves files in a
    folder named Previous System so that you can copy them to an appropriate location
    later. You cannot start up your computer using the Previous System folder.
    • Select “Erase and Install” to erase the destination volume and install a new copy of
    Mac OS X. If you select this option, you will lose all your files and the software you
    have installed on the destination volume, so you may want to back it up first. If you
    select this option, you can choose the format for the volume. In most cases, choose
    Mac OS Extended (Journaled) from the pop-up menu.
    Setting up and connecting to the Internet
    If you have an existing Internet service provider (ISP) and you’re installing Mac OS X for
    the first time, you need to enter your Internet connection information when installation
    finishes. Be sure to have the information available. If you have problems connecting to
    the Internet, contact your ISP to make sure you have the correct information.
    Advice about using Mac OS X
    If you have problems starting up
    If you cannot start up your computer, insert the Mac OS X Install DVD and restart your
    computer while holding down the C key. Choose, Choose > Open Disk Utility, then
    click First Aid to repair your disk.
    If you have problems starting up your computer and you have devices connected to
    your computer such as FireWire drives, USB printers, or external displays, try
    disconnecting them before starting up again.
    Upgrading your applications and other software
    For best results with Mac OS X, look for versions of your applications that are built for
    Mac OS X. Check the Mac OS X website for information about available applications:
    • www.apple.com/macosx/
    If you cannot find Mac OS X versions, upgrade to the latest Mac OS 9 version to use
    with the Mac OS X Classic environment. Check with the manufacturers for the latest
    updates.
    Using POP email accounts and On My Mac mailboxes in Tiger and Panther
    If you have a shared home folder and you access a POP email account using Mail in
    both Mac OS X Panther and Mac OS X Tiger, you will not see messages that you retrieve
    in one version when you switch to the other.
    As an alternative, you can deselect the option to remove copies from the server after
    retrieving your messages. To change this option, open the Accounts pane of Mail
    preferences and click Advanced.
    You will not see messages saved in a mailbox on your computer when you switch from
    one version to another. To avoid this problem, use separate home folders for each
    version of Mac OS X.
    Your IMAP account will synchronize automatically when you switch between Mail in
    Tiger and Panther.
    © 2005 Apple Computer, Inc. All rights reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, FireWire, Macintosh, Mac OS, and
    Power Macintosh are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.
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    it says that a imac g5 can work
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (119,040 points)
    It sounds like the right one.

    Do you have another Mac around with Firewire and a FW cable?
  • guitarraholic Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    i have got another mac, and not a firewire cable, but why whats that gonna do?
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (119,040 points)
    You could use it's Optical drive as a big expensive FW Optical drive by putting the Install Disc in it's drive, boot IT into FireWire target disk mode...

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1661

    Then boot the this one using the Option/alt key to see if the Install Disc in the other one shows up as a Boot Option.
  • guitarraholic Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    oh i see, well i just tried booting the other mac to see if it would recognize the osx disc, and it doesnt, what does that mean?
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