Need help installing OS X 10.4\10.5!

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

  1. incarceration macrumors newbie

    Jul 18, 2010
    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

    Aug 7, 2008
    Over there....
    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

    Jul 18, 2010
    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:

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

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    an online install image for OSx is pirated software and you will get no help with that here.
  5. drmacpro macrumors newbie

    Nov 4, 2009
    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

    Jul 18, 2010
    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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