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indierthanthou
Jan 15, 2008, 04:03 PM
I have a Powerbook g4 [12", 1.33ghz, 512mb of ram, 60gb hdd] that I am trying to install Leopard on. When I insert the disc, it will spin, sound like it's reading the disc, then eject it. After about 3 tries, it will read the dvd. When the installer restarts the computer, I get the folder with the "?" in the center, then it ejects the dvd and boots normally.

Is there a problem with my copy of Leopard, or my hardware?

When I put the disc into my main power mac [733mhz g4, 640mb ram, 60+40gb hdds] it reads it fine, I don't install it because when I was given this computer, my friend tried to put leopard on it when he reformatted it, and it wouldn't run so he put tiger on.



gkarris
Jan 15, 2008, 04:05 PM
Does another DVD/CD work fine?

Your drive may be bad...

Shaduu
Jan 15, 2008, 04:07 PM
Yeah, sounds like a bad drive to me.

indierthanthou
Jan 15, 2008, 04:15 PM
Does another DVD/CD work fine?

Your drive may be bad...

I was thinking bad drive too, but it read a cd-r fine, a dvd-r, and a regular video dvd.

could it be a bad leopard dvd?

indierthanthou
Jan 16, 2008, 03:18 PM
great....

When i started it up today, I got the ? folder icon for a second, then it went through the semi normal boot sequence. it seems alot slower on boot though.

indierthanthou
Jan 17, 2008, 12:36 AM
Can anyone help me on this? I am getting worried, I don't want to have to replace my computer! I can't afford $2000 for a MBP, and I like the powerbook!

castlefrank
May 8, 2008, 10:12 AM
Has anyone solved this problem? I have the exact same issue with a used PowerBook that I just inherited.

I found the following workaround, which I'll try tonight:

http://www.phxcreative.com/interactive/phxcreative/leopard-dvd-ejects-when-installing/

... but I would prefer a solution that fixes whatever's wrong with my SuperDrive.

Any help would be hugely appreciated!

tonybeyondo
May 8, 2008, 12:20 PM
If you can't use your DVD drive, you can always install the OS via external Firewire or USB. I've tried it and it works! Even with an iPod in disk mode. Follow the instructions here:

http://iuseapple.com/blog/apple-how-to/advanced-os-x/2007/10/29/how-to-install-leopard-from-external-firewire-hard-drive/

castlefrank
May 8, 2008, 12:50 PM
Thanks for the link. The tutorial will definitely come in handy later tonight.

I'm still curious whether anyone has solved the problem with the SuperDrive itself, maybe via a firmware update. (The Leopard Install DVD can't be the only one affected by this problem, and I'd like to have the drive working 100%.)

dacreativeguy
May 8, 2008, 03:19 PM
This is a common problem. Check your system profiler and see if you have a Matshita drive. A lot of that model drive cannot read the Leopard DVD. I think it is a combination of Apple using cheaper media and a problem with this drive manufacturer. Some people have had luck turning the computer upside down to help the DVD be recognized (search the MacOS forums). I just used another machine to clone the DVD to a hard drive. Installations are much quicker from hard disk anyways compared to the slow, cheap DVD drives Apple is putting in the latest MBPs. ;(

castlefrank
May 9, 2008, 08:51 AM
Hmm, thanks for the response. Good to know that at least the problem is common.

Last night I did a successful Leopard install using my desktop as a Target Drive, so now I'm pretty happy overall.

dcjr321
May 9, 2008, 10:10 AM
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Had the same problem a couple of months ago with my friends PowerBook 12inch. Replaced the SuperDrive now everything is as good as new.

gd11be
Jun 2, 2008, 12:11 PM
If you can't use your DVD drive, you can always install the OS via external Firewire or USB. I've tried it and it works! Even with an iPod in disk mode. Follow the instructions here:

http://iuseapple.com/blog/apple-how-to/advanced-os-x/2007/10/29/how-to-install-leopard-from-external-firewire-hard-drive/

I used this one ! I had the same problem on my ibook G4, but when I put the DVD in my imac and then my imac in Target mode . yes ! It worked ! Excellent ! :D:D