iBook + Leopard = Not Booting?

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  1. funnylookinhat macrumors newbie

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    Hey Guys,
    I recently received a friend's iBook (G4 - not sure about other specs) and it isn't booting. The computer just hangs at the Apple logo when I try to boot from the hard drive.

    So I decided the easiest way to fix it would be to simply take my retail leopard disc and install it on the machine (they don't need any data recovery). When I hold the option key the Leopard disc shows up fine, but after I select it and click the arrow to continue it just sits at the apple logo with a twirling loading icon. Anyone else had this issue? Any ideas?

    Do I need to reset the system profile or something? Sorry I am an old-school mac newbie... my own machine is a MacBook and I'm much more familiar with it than this G4 iBook.

    Thanks for the help!
    -David
     
  2. SHADO macrumors 6502a

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    I would try two things: 1) run a hardware diagnostic by holding down the D key on startup, and 2) zap the PRAM by holding down command+option+P+R on startup.
     
  3. sidewinder macrumors 68020

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  4. animaxcg macrumors regular

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    hold the "command V" (apple key V)
    this might work
     
  5. funnylookinhat thread starter macrumors newbie

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    What does Command+V do?

    I tried replacing the hard drive... turns out that wasn't the problem.

    I'll try running a diagnostic test.

    It's a 500 Mhz G3 with 512 RAM.
     
  6. 11800506 macrumors 65816

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    That machine is unsupported with Leopard because of the G3 processor and 500 Mhz clock speed. FYI it's an iBook G3, not a G4. This may be why you are having issues trying to install Leopard on it. I would try to find a Panther disc or Tiger disc (although Panther would run better) for that machine and you may have more luck.
     
  7. funnylookinhat thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well, now I am trying Tiger and I continually get the message "Installation has failed. Please restart and try again."

    I've ensured that my discs are good... so I have no idea what the problem could be.
     
  8. 11800506 macrumors 65816

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    The logic board may be dying? I have no idea. That sounds like an odd issue. Have you tried booting into Target Disk Mode from your Macbook?
     
  9. ppc750fx macrumors 65816

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    Might wanna check the RAM. Got a spare DIMM lying around that you can swap in?
     

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