G4 Power Mac wont install OS X

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Simssega, Sep 22, 2007.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Aug 15, 2006

    I just got a Power Mac g4 from my school and i dont know much about it but it didn't come with an operating system. I bought a full retail version of mac os x and pop the disk in and it will only eject the disk. I tried holding option when its installing but the computer wont recoginize the disk it will only eject it. Any help would be great. Thanks
  2. macrumors 6502


    May 15, 2007
    Have you talked to apple? This is finnickey stuff.
  3. macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    The retail OSX comes on a DVD. Your machine only has a CD-ROM (not unusual for an Educational machine to be a low-spec configuration), or perhaps the optical drive is malfunctioning.

    But I have run across this once before with a more modern G4 (quicksilver) which refused outright to boot from an OSX DVD, even when I replaced the drive with a known-good DVD drive that boots when installed in another G4. I ended up creating a bootable partition with an installer on a Firewire drive, and updating from that. Google for instructions.
  4. macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    I have to agree. You're more then likely going see CD-RWs only until the Mirror Drive Door models.
  5. macrumors 603


    Jul 3, 2004
    Mac since 7.5
    When Tiger came out, we had several Macs at work without DVD drives. I just put Tiger on my iPod and used that. Worked like a charm.
  6. macrumors 6502


    May 16, 2007
    So let me get this straight, the school sold you a PMG4 with out an operating system?! did you ask why? As far as security reasons I can understand but if it was a license/app issue they could have been uninstalled and sold you a G4 with OS X!!
    My school didn't sell me the G4s due to the fact that they [G4] were bumped down from the college division to the high school division. OK understandable. Even so, when I got this G4 I was more then surprised to see that;

    A) It worked with an old PC monitor

    B) It not only has Panther but Photoshop, Illustrator CS, Aftereffects, and
    Final Cut pro, just to mention a few.

    C) And that I can still use MS Entourage and mail, yet I can't receive any mail

    All in all this has been the best 45 bones I have invested....If all the suggestions have not worked, then take it in the your nearest APPLE store and have it looked at, they can still service these great machines!!


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