Hard Drive

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  1. TheWood macrumors newbie

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    I was recently given an a MAC Powerbook G4 I'm trying to load Leopard OS on it, the hard drive has been formatted using MacDrive 8. I also have an bootable usb with leopard on it, I checked through MacDrive 8. I plugged the usb in, held the option key down and started the machine, nothing happen the desktop is showing a refresh arrow and a directional arrow, the usb data light is just flashing. What should I do to correct this?
     
  2. BrianBaughn macrumors 601

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    Put a Leopard installation DVD in the slot, start up holding the "C" key down, then reformat the drive properly and install Leopard.
     
  3. TheWood thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hard Drive

    I did that and it just shows folder and ? mark, that's it. What else?
     
  4. smirk macrumors 6502a

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    Are you trying to install Leopard or Snow Leopard? And wait, what do you mean by bootable USB?
     
  5. TheWood thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Leopard, I have Leopard OS on a 8gb USB. I know that it works because I was at the house when they loaded it on there MAC and loan it to me to do mine. Also I have OS 9 and I can't get it to load that.
     
  6. smirk macrumors 6502a

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    I don't know for sure, but I will wager that the computer you tested it on at your friend's house is an Intel Mac (and you have a PPC Mac). I'm not super familiar with the specifics of PPC vs. Intel installation, but I am wondering if there are two different installation DVDs and you have the one for Intel.
     
  7. TheWood thread starter macrumors newbie

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    You are right, he gave me Leopard snow which is an intel base. He suppose to give me a copy of regular leopard, I have a original mac os 9 and I'm unable to load that any answers about that?
     
  8. smirk macrumors 6502a

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    I feel a little uncomfortable giving you advice on how to install a pirated copy of Mac OS.

    It is possible that OS 9 doesn't run on your computer because the computer came out after OS 9 did. If your computer is fast enough and has enough memory, buy a copy of OS X Leopard that is "Universal" or PPC (maybe a used copy on eBay) and install that. If your computer doesn't meet the recommended specs for Leopard than find a copy of OS X 10.4. You can identify what model computer you have and also what the recommended hardware specs are on Apple's site (http://www.apple.com/support).
     
  9. TheWood thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Now that I received a genuine 10.3 panther DVD (2Disc) and put it in to load, at startup held down the C key. I was shocked at what I received a black scrolling screen with a lot of information I do not understand, hopefully somebody can help me. The black screen had to much in formation for me to try and type. I took a couple of screen shots that I am attaching. :confused:
     

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  10. BrianBaughn macrumors 601

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    The first thing to check is the particular model of the Powerbook. Go to everymac.com and see what the original system (pre-installed) was for your model. Some Powerbook G4 models came with 10.4 pre-installed and will not boot from a 10.3 disk.
     

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