Installing OS X 10.4 on Power Mac G4

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  1. CyberPunk.Tech macrumors newbie

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    I am trying to install OSX 10.4 on my Power Mac G4 (450mhz)
    512mb RAM
    80g HDD
    DVD ROM

    It hangs after displaying the drives (HDD aand DVD) on the 'Options' screen. It hangs at the silver apple when booting from the DVD ('c' on boot).

    I have cleared the PRam (Apple + Option + P + R)
    Cleared NVram (Apple + Option + O + F)

    What am I doing incorrectly?

    BTW... I have 9.2 on the HDD now... It boots to this drive no problem. The OSX 10.4 disk shows when I insert it on OS 9.2... but it will not boot from it (I have tried several different coppies of the same disks... DVDs as well as the 4 cd set... no luck)
     
  2. froggytreafrogg macrumors regular

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    seems like a tricky problem, not too common. Question: when you go to options, i take it that you are trying to do a clean install? T or F?
     
  3. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Has OS X been run before on this Power Mac G4? Which model is it? Is the firmware updated?
     
  4. spinne1 macrumors 6502a

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    One, update the firmware which you have to do within OS 9. Next, are you using the Retail Box version of OS X.4? If not, that is your problem. If so, what kind of drive do you have? What model of CD/DVD drive? How is it hooked up? Is it set to the right setting (master versus slave)? Do you have an 80-pin cable? (it will have gray, black, and blue connectors.) Are you using a USB keyboard or an ADB keyboard with a USB-ADB adapter?

    Fix the firmware and then check everything and then report back.
     
  5. CyberPunk.Tech thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes I am trying to do a clean install.

    I am new at this and teaching myself along the way.
    How do I check the firmware and how do I update it?

    The How do I do it question is in the above post.
    I am using a retail DVD as well as the 4 cd set.
    DVD ROM (No idea which model as it is mounted in the case).
    Hooked via the cable it came with (80 pin) and yes it is set to stand alone (master).
    USB keyboard and mouse.
     
  6. merl1n macrumors 65816

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  7. CyberPunk.Tech thread starter macrumors newbie

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    This is for the mirror drive door G4. I do not have this unit. I have the G4 450... It has a iron blue from...

    I am new at this. I do not know all the models.

    Serial; XB013057HSF
     
  8. merl1n macrumors 65816

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    Ok,

    Based on what you described, you have either the Power Mac G4 (AGP Graphics) aka "Sawtooth", or the Power Mac G4 (Gigabit Ethernet). I highly doubt the second choice since those configurations came with dual processors in the 450GHZ range.

    No matter. Both models use the same firmware Update.

    Here is the new link:
    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=120068
     
  9. CyberPunk.Tech thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you for the help, but alas it was in vain.

    I got the update and tried to run it... This machine already has a newer firmware.
    4.2.8f1 where the above update is only to 4.2.8.

    Another brick wall.
    Anyone else have any ideas?:confused::confused:
     
  10. Consultant macrumors G5

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    If you have "copies" of the same disk, then it sounds like you do not have a retail copy. That's probably your problem.
     
  11. CyberPunk.Tech thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Copies meaning I have purchased the retail box (4 disk set)... borrowed a friends retail DVD install disk... and picked up a 5 disk set that came with a machine (OEM?) at a thrift store... all of them OSX 10.4 Tiger...
     
  12. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Probably the optical drive dying (or almost dead). Optical drives if used frequently, only has a life of few years.

    Fortunately internal DVD burners can be bought for $25 and they will be much better.

    Try to boot the disks with another computer.
     
  13. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    You can use any DVD drive if all you want is read access.
     

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