HELP PLEASE ---->>>> 2 Major Problems

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  1. mattyc2580 macrumors newbie

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    Hi i got a hand me down old mac g4 tower the other day and i tried to use the DVD drive in it but it will only play audio CDs and nothing else. I have all of my music and files of my old pc stored on disk and it wont read it..... Any Ideas???

    Also i tried to put another HDD in my mac and it kept searching for the mac OS and couldnt find it. So i tried putting the HDD's in in a different order and still done the same thing..... Any Ideas

    Thanks
    Matt
     
  2. Raid macrumors 68020

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    I'm not sure what's going on with the the DVD player... it might help to know what you tried and if they are +R or -R burnt disks.

    For the second HDD did you set the dip switches in the back of the second HDD to slave? That's all that should be needed to get it up and running, swapping the order isn't needed.
     
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    First, a suggestion regarding posting. If you use thread title that describes your problem, such as "G4 drive won't read DVDs" or "HDD not recognized", you'll attract more responses that are relevant.

    I believe the older G4s have CD drives, not DVD. You didn't mention which model you have, but that would explain why you can only play music.

    Are you trying to boot from a HDD that doesn't have Mac OS X installed on it?
     
  4. Raid macrumors 68020

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    I'm assuming he got one of the later G4 towers that had DVD drives in it... but you never know. If the OP is unsure which tower they have they should check EveryMac's G4 page to know what they have.
     
  5. mattyc2580 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    They are -R Disks. dont have any other type of disks around. The G4 recognises its a DVD / CD player in the specs.

    And how do i change my HDD from master to slave??

    Yes this is a later G4 with a DVD drive. The original one was still in it when i got it that didnt work properly either so i swapped them over for the one in my PC.
    like i said it recognises it and knows that it is a DVD / CD ROM

    cheers
     
  6. Raid macrumors 68020

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    There should be a diagram (either a sticker, or maybe something printed right on the circuit board) that tells you how the dip switches on your 2nd HDD need to be set up to slave it.

    I don't really have the time to write a lot of instructions on the matter, but a quick google search came up with this site, that seems to have a decent explanation & pictures to illustrate where everything is.
     
  7. mattyc2580 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks Raid hope this helps will go there now and check it out and try again :D
     
  8. patrick0brien macrumors 68040

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    -mattyc2580

    It's more likely that you'll need to look for jumpers rather than dip switches. They are usually in a bank of pins in a 5x2 configuration.
     
  9. Raid macrumors 68020

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    Jumpers, dipswitches, annoying tiny chunks of plastic and metal.. whatever... :p :)
     
  10. madog macrumors 65816

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    I think all the G4's, if not most until the end, only came with either a DVD/CD READER or just a CD BURNER. Basically either a combo reader or cd burner only.

    Sounds like you have the cd burner. You can buy an IDE/ATA pioneer DVD/CD burner online for cheap these days, and depending on your OS, all you would need to run is patchdisk which you can find online to install the drivers.
     
  11. patrick0brien macrumors 68040

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    -Raid

    Sorry about that. I don't usually pick a nit like that, I wanted to save any potential hair-pulling when looking at the scary end of an IDE drive.
     
  12. mattyc2580 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    cheers

    cheers everyone i got this problem sorted now DVD drive is working havent tried copied disks yet but hopefull will work....
    yer the jumper switches werent set right had to go on the website to set them up
    cheers agin for the help
     
  13. sawmaster macrumors regular

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    lol i was going to say that also...
     

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