Mac crashed during OS X installation

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by titaniumdecoy, Apr 19, 2009.

  1. titaniumdecoy macrumors member

    Oct 13, 2005
    I used a retail OS X 10.5 DVD to "erase and install" OS X on my PPC G4. It had been running OS X 10.5 without problems before but I wanted to erase everything on it. (In fact, I believe I upgraded it 10.5 with the same DVD). However, the mac crashed about 80% of the way through the process. It displays an alternating sad mac and question mark when I boot it up. I am occasionally able to boot it up from the CD but there is always a kernel panic before I can click the install button. What should I do? Thanks.
  2. JediMeister macrumors 68040

    Oct 9, 2008
    Flashing question mark is typically indicative of a hard drive failure. Kernel panics 95% of the time are also symptoms of a hardware issue. You could try installing Mac OS X via Target Disk Mode, which will treat the G4 like an external drive, but its a bit of a longshot.
  3. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

    Jethryn Freyman

    Aug 9, 2007
    Try running the hardware test. Seems like a hardware issue.

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