iBook G4 will not load OS X 10.3 Panther

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by vanswings, Feb 19, 2008.

  1. macrumors newbie

    My computer crashed and when I started to re-install my OS two things happen. Either I get a disk error message or it starts to load the OS but a third the way in the screen goes blue(bsod?) and freezes. I've run disk utility and hardware test and both comes back ok. I'm not sure what to do and I'm really not into taking it into the Mac Store but I'm unsure about the whole Geek Squad situation. Any ideas or advice would be very appreciated.
  2. macrumors Penryn


    Which iBook? Did it originally come with Panther?
  3. macrumors newbie

    Yes, it came wih Panther. It's the iBook G4-1.2GHz. It's old but it ran like a dream before all this.
  4. macrumors Penryn


    I hate to tell you this but you might have bad installer DVDs. Are you able to boot off of them at all? I know that they run integrity checksums before you actually install the operating system.
  5. macrumors newbie

    Yeah, I was also thinking the disc might be flawed.
    Would resurfacing help ?
    I've only tried to do the install and the disk utilities from the 1st dvd and they both work fine. I'm not the most knowledgeable person with macs but maybe I'm missing something???
  6. macrumors 68000


    I recently fixed a Wii disc using cheap toothpaste. Use your finger to rub it from the center out. Not in a circle around the disc. I know you ran Hardware test, but try booting from another CD to be sure it's not your drive.

    PS- Rinse and dry well before inserting.
  7. macrumors 6502a


    Is your CD scratched? Only other idea I would think of is that your optical drive is having trouble reading discs.
  8. macrumors newbie

    Yeah, I've heard about using toothpaste before. I'll try using another disc today.

    The dvd has some light scratches but nothing major. :eek: Duh, I have a external dvd/cd drive that i can try using to see if i get the same results.

    ***holds head down in shame***:eek:
  9. macrumors newbie

    So nothing is working and i'm going to have to break down and take it to the mac store. Now everytime I try and install the os i'm getting a can not install on this volume message even though there is plenty of space on the hd.

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