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exilekiller
Jan 31, 2011, 04:50 PM
Ok, picked up a powerbook g4 a1106 a month ago bought some new parts for it and went to boot her up.

Now I had a spare dmg image of leopard on an external hard drive I was going to try since I lost or misplaced the original disk somewhere.

I boot it up and nothing happens. Just a white screen. So i tried the apple option O F at start up and it wont go into Open firmware.

It just keeps giving me a white screen. I even tried resetting the PRAM.

Please help me get this puppy working.

Thanks



mgartner0622
Jan 31, 2011, 06:27 PM
When you say you had a spare DMG, do you mean just the DMG file?
You can't restore from a DMG. You have to restore the DMG to a hard drive via disk utility or similar, then boot off of that image.

exilekiller
Jan 31, 2011, 06:56 PM
how do i get to disk utility, I cant get into open firmware or anything

chrismacguy
Jan 31, 2011, 07:03 PM
how do i get to disk utility, I cant get into open firmware or anything

You need to take the .DMG file and use Disk Utility on another Mac to create a Boot Disk for your Mac.

exilekiller
Jan 31, 2011, 07:21 PM
ok if i was to get that bootable image would it just come up?

I cant even get into open firmware, thats my main problem I think

chrismacguy
Jan 31, 2011, 07:33 PM
ok if i was to get that bootable image would it just come up?

I cant even get into open firmware, thats my main problem I think

Once youve created an install DVD, hold C and it should "just come up" as long as the Mac is ok inside (This is the first step to a diagnosis if it is a hardware fault, which I doubt since its likely just the software thats missing).

exilekiller
Jan 31, 2011, 07:49 PM
Once youve created an install DVD, hold C and it should "just come up" as long as the Mac is ok inside (This is the first step to a diagnosis if it is a hardware fault, which I doubt since its likely just the software thats missing).


I hope, if theres no software it is normal for it just be a white screen and no open firmware?

chrismacguy
Feb 1, 2011, 03:35 AM
I hope, if theres no software it is normal for it just be a white screen and no open firmware?

No, Its normal to go to a question mark on a grey screen, however what youre describing could also be achieved through a bodged OS X installation (At least the white screen) - although Open Firmwares background is white... so it may be half entering that instead, hence the need to get an OS X disc and try and get OS X working as it will show us where its bust/if its even working at all.

exilekiller
Feb 1, 2011, 11:28 AM
alright, a friend is shipping me his disk of leopard, guess I will see and revive this thread in a few days