My G4s dont want modern OSes

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by G4fanboy, Jan 11, 2018.

  1. G4fanboy macrumors regular

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    All the 4 leo and 2 tiger system drives I had before running are now unstable and hangs after asking the 1st task. So I decided to reinstall Tiger and Leo for every machine.

    I have 3 dual G4s, and all of them are avoiding Tiger and Leopard somehow.

    Tried with the DVD from the garden of Leopard restored to a partition using Panther Disk Utility and it hangs after the Leopard first message in the installer. Tried that drive on the MDD and the Sawtooth and hangs just as the system I had previously running. Other times it gave a kernel panic about IOKit.

    Tried with 2 DVD with 10.4.6 I had and it hangs after the selection of X11 as option or in the check of the DVD installer.

    Tried with the 4 CDs for tiger and after installing the 1st CD it never ask for the second.

    It install Panther and MacOS9 flawless. And the Panther install is really stable on same drives, just other partition.

    One G4 is a Sawtooth with 1.8 dual 7447 and also a MDD 867 dual, both with geforce 4 MX.

    The MDD has the latest firmware.
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    The sawtooth has a M-Audio Audiophile 24/96 on it and were not pulled out. But the MDD is stock with no pci/airport upgrades. I even tried set-defaults on Open Firmware.
     
  2. jbarley macrumors 68040

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    Sorry about your problems, but do you really think Tiger, a 12 year old system rates the title "Modern OS"?
     
  3. amagichnich macrumors 6502

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    First I thought 'and there's another newbie trying to get HighSierra on a PPC' - but I was mistaken ;) didn't see the name first :D
    I had a similar problem once and the trick was to do a minimal install, i.e. uncheck all checkboxes and skip the install DVD check. You can install all prior unchecked but needed components after the installatoin, if it was successfull.

    Did you try installing in target disk mode? Boot the MDD with Tiger and install it onto the sawtooth and vice versa - maybe that'll do the trick...
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    Not quite modern, yes. But between Panther and Leopard some summers went by, let alone OS 9 and Leopard...
    Modern isn't a good word to use though
     
  4. Dronecatcher macrumors 68020

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    Do you have a spare HDD that you could fit and do a fresh install on?
    How about a Linux Live CD/DVD - try running one without hard drives connected. I had similar issues with a MDD and just couldn't pin-point what was causing the issues.
    Other areas to check are the RAM modules and reseating the GPU.
     
  5. G4fanboy thread starter macrumors regular

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    As amagichnich said Tiger and Leopard are "Modern" compared to MacOS9 or Panther...

    Thanks for the replys. I am going to try the nothing checked method and report back.
     
  6. amagichnich macrumors 6502

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    You could also try another install media. I have for example one of these cool looking black Tiger install disks, but it refuses to boot on most Macs, only my PB and the 12" iBook 1.33 boot properly from it. The 14" iBook and the eMacs don't recognize an install disk at all whereas the Mini cripples the fonts... And that's a retail disc! Almost never used, deduced from the non existent scratches on it's back side :D
     
  7. YaBe macrumors 6502

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    For a G4 it is....
     

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