Leopard install problems powerbook 12"

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  1. indierthanthou
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    I have a Powerbook g4 [12", 1.33ghz, 512mb of ram, 60gb hdd] that I am trying to install Leopard on. When I insert the disc, it will spin, sound like it's reading the disc, then eject it. After about 3 tries, it will read the dvd. When the installer restarts the computer, I get the folder with the "?" in the center, then it ejects the dvd and boots normally.

    Is there a problem with my copy of Leopard, or my hardware?

    When I put the disc into my main power mac [733mhz g4, 640mb ram, 60+40gb hdds] it reads it fine, I don't install it because when I was given this computer, my friend tried to put leopard on it when he reformatted it, and it wouldn't run so he put tiger on.
     
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    Does another DVD/CD work fine?

    Your drive may be bad...
     
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  4. indierthanthou
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    I was thinking bad drive too, but it read a cd-r fine, a dvd-r, and a regular video dvd.

    could it be a bad leopard dvd?
     
  5. indierthanthou
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    great....

    When i started it up today, I got the ? folder icon for a second, then it went through the semi normal boot sequence. it seems alot slower on boot though.
     
  6. indierthanthou
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    Can anyone help me on this? I am getting worried, I don't want to have to replace my computer! I can't afford $2000 for a MBP, and I like the powerbook!
     
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    Thanks for the link. The tutorial will definitely come in handy later tonight.

    I'm still curious whether anyone has solved the problem with the SuperDrive itself, maybe via a firmware update. (The Leopard Install DVD can't be the only one affected by this problem, and I'd like to have the drive working 100%.)
     
  10. dacreativeguy
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    This is a common problem. Check your system profiler and see if you have a Matshita drive. A lot of that model drive cannot read the Leopard DVD. I think it is a combination of Apple using cheaper media and a problem with this drive manufacturer. Some people have had luck turning the computer upside down to help the DVD be recognized (search the MacOS forums). I just used another machine to clone the DVD to a hard drive. Installations are much quicker from hard disk anyways compared to the slow, cheap DVD drives Apple is putting in the latest MBPs. ;(
     
  11. castlefrank
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    Hmm, thanks for the response. Good to know that at least the problem is common.

    Last night I did a successful Leopard install using my desktop as a Target Drive, so now I'm pretty happy overall.
     
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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU like Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/420.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.0 Mobile/4A102 Safari/419.3)

    Had the same problem a couple of months ago with my friends PowerBook 12inch. Replaced the SuperDrive now everything is as good as new.
     
  13. gd11be
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    I used this one ! I had the same problem on my ibook G4, but when I put the DVD in my imac and then my imac in Target mode . yes ! It worked ! Excellent ! :D:D
     

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