8 Replies Latest reply: Apr 11, 2012 11:21 AM by BDAqua
13.LJ.81 Level 1 (0 points)

I have a power mac G4 ppc. Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger. I did a "Erase and Install" and when system started Mac OS X Install, Disc 2 quit because of errors- BomFileError 5: Input/output error - ./System/Library/Screen Savers/Nature Patterns.slideSaver/Contents/Resources/NaturePatterns05.jpg  .  Install failed: Some files for MediaFiles may not have been written correctly. Please try installing again. I have tried several different times and everytime fails. I've tried multiple tasks. Like starting from Disc 1 again. Using root-user account. System software is not installed, can't boot,  restart or pick any startup disc cause it will go back to Install Disc 2 to install software. Please help.

PowerMac, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,286 points)



    Power down, hold mouse button down to eject if Disc #2 is still in there, & at the same time hold the Option or alt key down to bring up the startup Manager, insert Disc 1 & wait for it to show up as a boot choice.


    Two possibilities on redoing...


      1. Insert the Mac OS X Install disc, 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 Erase 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. Highlight the drive, select Partition Tab, then Format type... MacOS Extended Journalled, select the Security Options button, choose Zero Out Data, Erase... after completion do a new install.




    That second Disc thing happens frequently, the best way around it is to do a Custom install, and eliminate enough Printer Drivers, Languages, Fonts, and Applications you don't need... then it may skip #2 altogether.



  • 13.LJ.81 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you for your response and information. I did try your suggestion and went back to install Disc 2. So I erased the volume that had Mac OS X installed on, and then did "Erase and Install" and still the same. I tried a couple of more times and still the results remain the same. Now, I should have mentioned this earlier,but, I did a First Aid check in Disk Utility on "Mac OS X Installer Disc 1" (10.4 Tiger) and the only highlighted choice i had was to verify Permissions, so I did and I got: Disc Utility stopped verifying permissions on "MAC OS X Install Disc 1" because the following error was encountered. No valid packages. Verify permissions for "Mac OS X Install Disc 1".  Error: No valid packages (in red)  permissions verification complete. I know this is part of the problem or the problem now that I'm learning more. I don't know what to do now. These 4 discs are the only copy I have.  Any different suggestions or can I still do a Custom install?

  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,286 points)

    I'd certainly try a Custom Install.


    You sometimes can get a working copy, or a better working copy, if you have another Mac & use Disk Utility to make copies of the Discs, because DU tries a bit harder at reading them more than once, the Installer doesn't.


    Oh, 4 Discs, so this is the rare Tiger CD Install Discs?


    Have you tried a CD cleaning Disc?

  • 13.LJ.81 Level 1 (0 points)

    Ok. No I haven't tried a cleaning Disc yet. But I probably will now. Have been wanting to get one. I have been using system administrator (root) user account and I don't want to, but, I'm thankful that I still can until this matter  is solved. Any suggestions on a Cleaning Disk?  Thank You for time and good information. 

  • 13.LJ.81 Level 1 (0 points)

    Your funny. Thank you so much for your help, I appreciate it. While I'm still in need of answers, maybe you can help me with this question? Now if I am using the system root user and I can do pretty much everything that I need to do (so far). There are some things I can't do or haven't figured out how to yet, but, that is better off that way anyways cause I do know you have to be careful while using this account. So why is it that I can not completely Install my software so I can have my own account again and be done. I do know that since I've been using this account, It has been building up. Meaning in a good way as far as like if it was my own. There are things that I can't do, like placing files or docs or whatever on your desktop for eyes to see, instead it puts the file in root users home folder in the desktop folder. And a few other tasks and actions like that, but still don't understand why my issue or issues can not be fixed. I will just continue the way I am until I can get a Clean Disk or other solutions. Kinda a pain in the butt, but gotta do what I gotta do.  Thanks again

  • 13.LJ.81 Level 1 (0 points)

    Oh, and also I am going try the Custom Install you recommended. I don't have another Mac or know of anyone with a Mac. At least not in my area. That would make it so much easier. So do you think that a Disc Cleaner will correct this? This might not be as bad as I thought, maybe.  And yes I guess I do have the rare Tiger 4 Install Discs.

  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,286 points)

    Each User should have their own Desktop folder which should hold what is shown on the Desktop.


    At the Root of the Disk in the Users folder, how many users does show?


    I'd say a Disc Cleaner stands about a 16% chance of helping.