ibook g4 wont install panther on 320gb hard drive

Discussion in 'macOS' started by ryannuffsaid, Dec 24, 2009.

  1. ryannuffsaid macrumors newbie

    Jun 4, 2007
    Santa Clarita, California
    For christmas I picked up an ibook g4 14", and everything was working fine. Today, the hard drive failed, so I picked up a 320gb western digital PATA hard drive and installed it. Disk utility recognizes it, but when I go to install panther (the original restore disk), it says it can't install on that volume... no matter what size the partition is.

    I also have a tiger (legit), but only have access to a copy of it. I can't seem to get the ibook to boot from the tiger disk, it just goes into open firmware.

    I only have access to the ibook as far as macs go, but i have two pc's... any ideas? I'm trying to get this going for my daughter tomorrow morning...

    Happy Holidays!
  2. DZ/015 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 23, 2003
    New England
    When booted from the Panther install disc, did you format (erase) the hard drive? This will need to be done.

    Is the Tiger install disc a model specific disc? It will not work if it is, especially if it is for an intel machine. Is it an upgrade disc? If so, it will not boot from it.
  3. Maserati7200 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 17, 2009
    11230, Midwood, Brooklyn, NY, USA, North America

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