no symbol (circle with slash through it) on boot up

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by flyguy879, Oct 22, 2005.

  1. flyguy879 macrumors newbie

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    Hi there, I've got a PowerMac G5 (I belive its a dual 2.x?) I'm not sure of its exact specs, it had a drive fail in the machine, (Some background I work for a PC repair shop and one of our clients does some intense graphic design among other things (hence the PowerMac G5) and I am extremely expirenced with PCs but very new to Macs) Since the drive was failed I replaced the drive with a Western Digital SATA Drive, I got the operating system cds from our client the version is Mac OS X Panther Version 10.3.2, when I try and boot the machine from the cds I get an Apple Logo and I can hear something being loaded from the CD and then I get a no symbol (the circle with a slash through it) and that is it, it is a greyscale image, and I have tried resetting the PRAM (as I found that in other posts) but to avail, any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Macmaniac macrumors 68040

    Macmaniac

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    The CDs may have an incompatible version of OS X on it. Your client CDs may not support booting the G5 since its a newer model. Have you tried using the system restore disks that came with your powermac? The circle with the slash means the computer cannot find a compatible OS, and 10.3.2 probably does not support the newer PMs.
     
  3. flyguy879 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thats what I was wondering, well I belive they're the original cds that came with the machine, but I do not know specifically, I will have to find the other cds that came with that powermac, thanks again for your input
     
  4. mklos macrumors 68000

    mklos

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    The CDs or DVDs that came with the PowerMac G5 will be gray and say PowerMac on it. If not then you're probably trying to install a version of OS X that is older than what the PowerMac shipped with. If thats the case and you cannot find the PowerMac G5 restore DVD, then now would be a perfect time to upgrade to Tiger! :D
     

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