Help Installing OS X Tiger on Power Mac G4

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  1. macrumors member

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    Hello All

    I'm having trouble intalling Tiger OS X on my G4,
    basic info about my G4
    OS 9.2.2
    build in memory 768 MB
    Processor Info Power PCG 4
    speed 800 Mhz
    Hard Drive 4.15GB of free space
    also have another partition with OS X 10.1.5 installed 8GB free space
    dual boot

    i'm using external DVD-RW to install Tiger

    here is the problem

    i start up in OS 9.2.2
    control panel -->go to startup disk --> select Tiger DVD 10.4.1 click on restart, while restarting I get apple icon and a spining icon on the bottom
    it does that from few minutes and then freezes, nothing happens

    i have no idea what is the problem
    ( i tired to boot holding down 'C' key and 'OPTION' key
    please advice
     
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    grapes911

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    Did you try telling it to boot from cd while you are in 10.1.5?

    Is the external firewire or usb? It can only boot from firewire.
     
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    yes i did try booting from 10.1.5 but i when do it goes to booting to OS 9.2 i do have usb and firewire, i'll try to do it from firewire
     
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    external firewire cable conected to my DVD-RW i tired to re boot
    same thing
     
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    :eek: i'm going nuts :eek:

    this problem driving me crazy ...............................................

    ??????????????????????????????
     
  7. macrumors 68020

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    does your mac not have a built in dvd drive? is that why you are using the external drive? try this... hold down the option key while your comp boots up and you should get a new menu that allows you to choose what media you want to boot from... cd, hard drive, network drive.. etc...
     
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    thank you for your reply
    i do not have built in DVD drive

    same thing happens
    I get apple icon and a spining icon on the bottom
    it does that from few minutes and then freezes, nothing happens
     
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    Do you have access to another Mac you can try it on? You don't have install it, just see if you can get into the setup.
     
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    i do have another MAC OS 9.2 G4 as well, DVD-ROM build in, the same problem i wonder why?

    could it be something in OS 9.2? or hardware issue
     
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    ITASOR

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    Is the Tiger version legal and a legit copy or a burned copy? Usually the burned ones act funny and stuff.
     
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    its legal, never burned, 5 user family pack

    i only installed it on two Power Mac G5

    and now this G4 giving me all this problems
     
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    If you start up in 10.1.5 and insert the disc, you should see an icon when you double click on the disc that says "Install Mac OS X." Have you tried double clicking that because it should restart the computer for you and get the install going?

    Edit: Or you could give Apple the DVD installer back and get CDs:

    http://images.apple.com/macosx/pdf/tigermediaexchangev3.pdf

    Edit 2: Also, I'm not sure that it doesn't require a DVD drive built in. Can anyone confirm that they installed from an external drive?
     
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    yeah no help

    other forces at work here

    i wonder ???????????
     
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    dsharits

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    I think it should install from an extrenal DVD drive. I installed Tiger on an iMac G4 with only a built-in CD/RW drive using my iBook in target disk mode as an external DVD drive, and it worked fine. As long as it's a FireWire drive it should work.
     
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    hob

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    Boot holding the OPTION key, then try selecting the DVD from there?

    Have you tried installing over the network? Have you got an iPod? You could try the alternative options listed in this thread.
     
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    snickelfritz

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    You have insufficient disk space, and possibly a boot issue with your external DVD drive.
    My advice would be to confirm the viability of your external DVD drive, then choose the "erase and install" option for Tiger installation.
    You can purchase an internal Pioneer DVD writer for about $60, and Tiger will see it as an "Apple supported and shipped" Superdrive.
     
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    Billicus

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    I was thinking it could be this, but Mactracker says there are no Firmware updates for this model of PowerMac G4? :confused:
     
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    yellow

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    Then my next suggestion would be to pull ALL except 256MB of RAM. Then try and boot from the CD and install OS X.
     
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    GodBless

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    Did you see the screen where you select your startup drive? Holding the option key at startup is not just for a second or two; it is for the whole time it is booting up from the moment you hear the chime (before the chime won't hurt either) until the computer gives you the option of what you want to boot off of (examples OS 9, OS X, CD-ROM or DVD).
     
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    thank you guys for your replys
    i'm going over few options

    thanks
     
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    Some DVD drives simply do not have bootability. They can work fine for burning/ripping, but for some reason some just can't boot from a CD. What brand is your external?
     
  24. thread starter macrumors member

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    i think you are you right

    model: Sony DVD-RW-DW U14A
     
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    Also
    i do not have Ipod, Imac or Powerbook

    to use as target disk mode

    i do have PowerMac G5 can i use that install Tiger OS X on my G4?
     

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