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Installed new hard drive in iBook G4- circle with slash through it now!

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by TheScavenger, Oct 28, 2008.

  1. macrumors regular

    I just installed a 160GB 5400RPM hdd in place of my old 30GB 4200RPM hdd. I booted the computer from the Panther install disc one but all that appears is a grey screen with a circle/slash. I've tried resetting the PRAM and PMU and that didnt help.

    Any advice?
  2. macrumors 601


    first things first

    Did you format the new hard drive with your install disks?
  3. macrumors regular

    How do I do that? I don't have the original restore discs.

    Its amazing how I can know so much about windows based systems and so little about Macs :D
  4. macrumors regular

  5. macrumors member

    Doesn't sound like it's booting from the disk have you tried booting with "C"?

    Press 'C' before you get to the grey screen and it should boot up from the CD.
  6. macrumors regular

    I've tried booting up with "C" to boot from the CD. When I do that by clicking on the picture of the install disc after holding down "C", the computer thinks for a bit and then the circle/slash comes up.
  7. macrumors 601


    What cd are you trying to boot from?
  8. macrumors 65816


    Since holding down "C" didn't work, try holding down "option"

    This will display available devices to boot from such as hard drive, external drive, CD.
  9. macrumors 68000


    unless that new hard drive came with OS X installed, you're going to need the install DVD, assuming that the iBook has a DVD reader.

    if you don't have the original discs, you're going to have to fins an external 2.5 inch adapter or another mac to clone an OS onto the new drive.
  10. macrumors regular

    Panther Install Disc 1
  11. macrumors 68000



    did holding "option" work for you?

    Keep it held down from before you hit the power until you see the grey screen with the CD icon in the middle, a refresh icon on the bottom left and a proceed icon on the bottom right of the screen.

    select the CD icon and hit the proceed icon
  12. macrumors regular

    I've tried this. After selecting the CD icon it goes to the circle/slash.
  13. macrumors 68000


    what system did the iBook come with?

    is it a retail Panther CD or a system restore disc?

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