iBook G4 14" - Freezes when installing OS X

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by oprie, Sep 16, 2011.

  1. oprie, Sep 16, 2011
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2011

    oprie macrumors newbie

    Sep 12, 2011

    So I've just picked up this old iBook G4 for next to nothing. I popped in a new 512MB RAM stick and a 20GB HDD to see if I could get it up and running.

    My friend gave me his old Leopard install DVD, so I booted it up and formatted the drive to Apples spec. I then began the installation.

    The machine began to check the disk integrity, which was taking quite a while. I went to check on it and it had frozen at 21% (the mouse wouldn't move), so I turned the machine off.

    Following some information on the internet I booted into Single User mode (CMD-S) and ran 'fsck -f'. Upon rebooting my machine now displays the Apple logo, spinning wheel and then goes to a blue screen where it hangs. I have read here that it could be an issue with a chip overheating. I find this hard to believe in my case because I can leave the machine running in single user terminal without any freezes. (I have been running fsck a few times to test this).

    Any ideas?

    EDIT: Just did a verbose boot - the only error message that jumped out was ''no interface name for airport.." which came up twice. Does this help?

    Thanks a lot

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