Can't install OSX....

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  1. freeny macrumors 68020

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    Ive been trying to do a clean install on a g5 at my work. The person who innitially set up the tower partitioned the hd into 6 pieces making it almost unusable.

    We are trying to clean it out and reformat it with only one partition.

    Every time i put in the install disk and click on the "install osx" icon it tells me to restart and so i do.

    The computer then starts to reboot and after about 30 seconds the blind drops down and gives me the "You need to restart your computer" text.

    Ive tried to reboot holding the c key and the same thing happens...

    Any suggestions?...
     
  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Try putting the disc in, going to system preferences -> startup disk, selecting it there, and then clicking the restart button inside the system preferences window.
     
  3. freeny thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Trying it now....

    Nope, same thing happened.
     
  4. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    Can you boot it up in Firewire Target Disk Mode, and connect another Mac and sort out the partitioning? You might also be able to reinstall OS X like this (it's worth a shot).
     
  5. killmoms macrumors 68040

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    Seems to me if he's kernel panicking on booting a CD there's some other problem. Reset OpenFirmware, maybe do a PRAM reset?

    To the OP: You are using the System Restore DVDs that came with the G5, correct?
     
  6. jono_3 macrumors regular

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    you can copy the installer to a removable hd and load it from there too - then you dont need another computer. an ipod will work too.
     
  7. freeny thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Alright, I rebooted as Target mode, partitioned to a single partition, revbooted again and now im getting the little blinking folder with a ":)" & "?".

    Any new direction....

    Ive been using an OSX 10.3.5 install disk not the restore disk the tower came with.
    This may be an issue.....
     
  8. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    Sorry :eek:, will it read the restore disk now?
     
  9. freeny thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Doesnt read the osx panther disk they have here.

    They dont seem to have the restore disks any more, just a leopard os install.
    Loosing all the info is ok, I expected that anyway.

    I just hope this can be fixed and restored to a functional computer....
    I have a g5 restore disk at home and will bring it in tomorrow for a try.

    Any more suggestions or encouragement would be helpfull...:eek:
     
  10. leumluath macrumors member

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    Could be a problem, depending on your G5 model. Starting with the early 2005 models, they shipped with 10.4. You could be trying to install an OS earlier than the one the G5 came with.
     
  11. killmoms macrumors 68040

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    That's definitely the issue. You have to use the System Restore DVD that came with the machine. An earlier one will not know what the heck hardware you have and probably will behave badly, as you've seen (kernel panicking every time).
     
  12. ecksmen macrumors member

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    Corrected ^
     
  13. freeny thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Found the restore discs and installing now...
    It looks like a computer again.

    updates soon....
     
  14. freeny thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Leopard is that right.
     
  16. freeny thread starter macrumors 68020

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    sorry, "panther".
    just a brain fart:eek:
     

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