View Full Version : iBook G4 14" - Freezes when installing OS X

Sep 16, 2011, 07:59 AM

So I've just picked up this old iBook G4 for next to nothing. I popped in a new 512MB RAM stick and a 20GB HDD to see if I could get it up and running.

My friend gave me his old Leopard install DVD, so I booted it up and formatted the drive to Apples spec. I then began the installation.

The machine began to check the disk integrity, which was taking quite a while. I went to check on it and it had frozen at 21% (the mouse wouldn't move), so I turned the machine off.

Following some information on the internet I booted into Single User mode (CMD-S) and ran 'fsck -f'. Upon rebooting my machine now displays the Apple logo, spinning wheel and then goes to a blue screen where it hangs. I have read here (http://macintoshhowto.com/hardware/how-do-i-get-my-broken-g4-ibook-fixed.html) that it could be an issue with a chip overheating. I find this hard to believe in my case because I can leave the machine running in single user terminal without any freezes. (I have been running fsck a few times to test this).

Any ideas?

EDIT: Just did a verbose boot - the only error message that jumped out was ''no interface name for airport.." which came up twice. Does this help?

Thanks a lot