Help Help Help!!! (trying to do clean install)

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by iwamas, May 15, 2006.

  1. iwamas macrumors member

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    I am trying to do a clean install on my 15" PB... found the original CDs that came with it... when I boot up with the 1st cd in the drive... the machine goes haywire..... I get a big power icon and it says to press the power button for a few seconds to reboot... and all this typing starts going across the screen.... what do I do???
     
  2. Queso macrumors G4

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    That's a kernel panic, basically a total system crash. Are you sure you have the right Install disks? They are specific to each model of Mac.
     
  3. iwamas thread starter macrumors member

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    yeah... it's for the powerbook G4 15" and 17"... software install and restore 1 of 2
     
  4. Queso macrumors G4

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    Then the most likely cause is third party peripherals. Do you have anything plugged into any of the USB or Firewire ports? Also have you got third party RAM in the memory slot? If the answer is yes to either question, remove the offender then try again.
     
  5. iwamas thread starter macrumors member

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    could be the RAM i gues... I will try it out.... thanks a lot....
     
  6. iwamas thread starter macrumors member

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    still not working

    took the 3rd party RAM out.... still same problem....
     
  7. reh macrumors 6502a

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    Why are you doing a clean install? Is it because you were having problems before? Trying running the hardware test on one of the CDs.
     
  8. iwamas thread starter macrumors member

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    how do I do that? I am doing a clean install because I am giving the PB to my wife...
     
  9. reh macrumors 6502a

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    My iBook G4 has a CD labeled "Additional Software & Apple Hardware Test". Find something similar and boot to it.
     
  10. iwamas thread starter macrumors member

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    no such disk... only 2 disks... software install and restore 1 and 2
     
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    i wont reboot from the cd... not even when I press the option key in order to try the hardware test... when i eject the CD it starts up fine...
     
  14. reh macrumors 6502a

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    Turn off the powerbook and hold down the option key right after hitting the power button.
     
  15. iwamas thread starter macrumors member

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    tried that... no luck.... WTF???
     
  16. reh macrumors 6502a

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    If it's under warranty, I'd call Apple. Otherwise, try...

    reseting the PMU
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    reseting the PRAM (sometimes it helps to reset it a few times in a row... now sure why)
     

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