Need help installing OS X 10.4\10.5!

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by incarceration, Jul 18, 2010.

  1. incarceration macrumors newbie

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    I am new to the Mac scene, I am a long time repair technician of PCs. I can repair anything thrown at me, but a Mac, I will admit now I haven't touched until recently. I was given an iMac G5 and recently aquired a PowerBook G4 1GHz.

    The iMac G5 had a bad hard drive, the PowerBook G4's HDD was ok and needed the OS reinstalled.

    My predicament: I have the original CDs for the iMac G5 (so far only CD 1, I'm working on getting the rest of the discs for the iMac G5) but I do not have any discs for the PowerBook G4. How do I install an OS on this without them? I've managed to download OS 9.2.2, OS X 10.5\10.5.6 Leopard, and OS X 10.6\10.6.3 Snow Leopard.

    I've done A LOT of research on this matter and have come across a possible result that I cannot install a fresh install from a burned disc due to a BIOS "feature" that disables the ability to install from a burned disc. Is this true?

    I've also read places that you can modify the installer and it might work? I haven't really identified what that is accomplishing and if it'll work for my situation.

    I've read and tried another option that I can try to start the installed from "Open Firmware"...? Needless to say that didn't work either.

    Finally, I'd like to say that if this isn't allowed on this forum I apologize (possibly asking to reverse engineer etc.).

    I'm able to boot up to a burned copy of the GeekSquad Mac MRI\TechTools Pro 4 diagnostic tools and runs fine (on both machines) but not an OS disc. I can also boot to disc 1 of the iMac G5 disc and run all the hardware tests, I can't go further in the install as there isn't a functional HDD in the unit.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. max¥¥ macrumors 6502a

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    no that is not true, where did you read that?, i have installed from backup's of my discs many times
     
  3. incarceration thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well I have an update, and it's good news.

    I finally found an install image online for Mac OS X 10.4 for PPC powerbooks.

    It installed and everything is up and running but another issue I have had on the back burner while trying to get this to work, there's a white band on the bottom of the screen about a 1\3 the size of the screen. I thought it was a bad LCD screen but it's not, upon moving it back and forth it goes away when i do so.

    What is this? The left hinge was snapped and broken during shipping cause the person that shipped it shipped the thing in a bubble mailer. Do the LCD connectors behind the LCD panel come loose often?

    I've uploaded some photos of what I'm referring to here: http://img153.imageshack.us/g/sspx1463.jpg/

    Thanks for your replies!
     
  4. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    an online install image for OSx is pirated software and you will get no help with that here.
     
  5. drmacpro macrumors newbie

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    Yeah He's Right, if you need help you can send me a PM with your exact problem as of now.
     
  6. incarceration thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well, the issue now isn't a software issue. The issue now is this white band at the bottom of the screen.

    Drmacpro, I've tried sending you a msg but I either don't have access to that on here or simply cannot find the send PM feature. I'm only able to view your profile, add you to a buddy list, and view posts you've made.

    Thanks in advance
     

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