Leopard install freezes up on g4

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  1. Thee macrumors newbie

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    I have an ibook Power pc g4 with 1.25gig of ram and 10.3.9 os.

    I want to change the os to Leopard 10.5 and can get as far as clicking on the icon to install...waiting for the machine to reboot ...and that is all I do....WAIT

    The machine shows a spinning wheel and clunks and clicks while the disk is being read.

    after 20 minutes of this all goes quite but the little spinning wheel keeps spinning...

    Nothing else happens.

    I have tried to hold down the c key
    the option key
    and just did a plain old reboot with the disk in the drive...all to no avail.

    After looking around for quite some time I thought I would ask for help...

    Help?
     
  2. dual64bit macrumors 6502

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  3. Reflow macrumors 68000

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    I'm assuming you are using a retail leopard disk for your iBook.
     
  4. Thee thread starter macrumors newbie

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    yes it does.

    I forgot to mention it is a 1.33 ghz ppc g4
     
  5. dual64bit macrumors 6502

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    Maybe reset the open firmware and the pRAM. Go from there.
     
  6. Thee thread starter macrumors newbie

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    yes it is a retail version 10.5

    everything I have read has said this would work but it is haunted or something:)
     
  7. Thee thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I did the pram ( i think i did anyway ) by holding down the apple, option, p and r keys until it restarted...
    I dont know about resetting the open firmware though
     
  8. Reflow macrumors 68000

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    Try resetting the PRAM/PMU then try to reinstall
     
  9. dual64bit macrumors 6502

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    With the computer off, or after a restart..
    Hold down Command + Option + O + F

    When the white Open Firmware screen loads up,

    type in: reset-nvram

    then: set-defaults

    then: reset-all
     
  10. Thee thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Done...
    Restarted with disk in drive.
    got the spinning wheel indicator.
    and nothing else.
     
  11. dual64bit macrumors 6502

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    I guess at this point I'd verify the disc is good. But how you accomplish that may be more difficult then the previous steps. Got a mac friend?

    Does the optical drive work okay with other discs?
     
  12. Thee thread starter macrumors newbie

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    here is some good news....

    According to MacTracker the highest OS for an iBook Power PC is OS 10.4+:(

    Thanks for all your very quick responses.


    Thee
     
  13. Thee thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes I do have a mac friend...I will be inquiring in the am.

    cheers,

    Thee
     
  14. likemyorbs macrumors 68000

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    how could that be? i had an ibook g4 with leopard, and i know a lot of other ibook users with leopard.
     

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