Folder Icon on startup

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by jbsmithmac, Oct 20, 2011.

  1. jbsmithmac macrumors regular

    Sep 11, 2011
    what does it mean when I start up my powermac G4 it simply shows the little folder and flashes a question mark and the old mac smiley logo? It also opens the CD tray.

    This is on a machine I am trying to restore from a CCC dmg image. The harddrives were wiped and I did a restore in disk utility on another mac (10.7) with this image.
  2. Nameci macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2010
    The Philippines...
    It seems that is does see any system files on your HDD.

    You did a restore from Lion, is that what you mean? I guess you have partition/format your boot drive using APM or apple partition map. Since your other Mac is an Intel and running Lion it must be formating the hard drive as a GUID partition table.

    PCC will not recognize a GPT drive as an OS drive.
  3. zen.state macrumors 68020


    Mar 13, 2005
    A PowerPC system needs to have the OS installed on another PowerPC when you use a different computer. What you restored onto that disk will only work in an Intel Mac.

    Also.. do you understand that 10.7 won't run on a PowerPC? The highest a G4 can possibly run is 10.5.8.
  4. jbsmithmac thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 11, 2011
    Let me be clear about what I did on Lion.

    I pulled the HD from the G4, connected it via USB to the Lion machine that had the .dmg image of the G4 on a DVD from when I first got it running 10.4.

    Basically I simply used Lion to copy the files from the .dmg image to the hd.

    Regardless of the above - it didn't work. So now I am going to try target disk mode. Which type of firewire cable do I need, I see some with different ends...will this work Firewire Cable
  5. jbsmithmac thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 11, 2011
  6. 666sheep macrumors 68040


    Dec 7, 2009
    You shouldn't copy files from .dmg to HDD. If it's bootable image, you should restore it to HDD with Disk Utility (there's "restore" option in DU). If .dmg was created properly and HDD will be formatted using Apple Partition Map (not GUID) it should work.

    BTW, only one of those discs you've listed above will work with your MDD. This with 10.2. Rest are machine specific (earlier Power Macs models). OS 9.1 will be too low for 867 DP (MDDs were shipped with 9.2.2).

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