Old school help

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by dantak, Feb 5, 2008.

  1. dantak macrumors newbie

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    I have a G4 with 2 hard drives on my network just sitting there taking up space. So, I thought I would turn it into a file server and backup for my iMac. I went to install Mac OS X server on it with my iMac in firewire target disk mode but when the G4 restarted I got the flashing question mark for a few minutes then it boots into jaguar. I thought there must be an error with the system folder on the G4 so I repaired disk permissions, but that didn't work. So, I thought I would reinstall jaguar and get to the bottom of it. But when I try to reinstall jaguar with the CD in the G4 I get the exact same problem!!! Flashing question mark and startup into the old Jaguar. I can't start the G4 from the CD or in target disk mode. Do you have any idea what I can do...I'm at my wits end.
     
  2. Sweetfeld28 macrumors 65816

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    I might be wrong, but i think that the Sever installer needs to be in the computer you are trying to install it on.

    See i think that when you have you disc in your iMac, and are trying to install it to the G4, the G4 gets disconnected when it reboots [since it is acting just like an external Firewire HD when in Target Disk Mode]. Most OS X installers don't allow you to remotely install the OS.


    i think i might be wrong about this though.
     
  3. dantak thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the help but that is almost certainly not my problem. Apple reccomends this method of installation when installing on computers without a DVD drive and it doesn't explain why I get the same error when I try to reinstall jaguar from the cd in the G4. Any other ideas, anyone?
     
  4. Sweetfeld28 macrumors 65816

    Sweetfeld28

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    i don't know, i'm kind of stumpt.

    I wonder if you borrowed a DVD-ROM drive form someone, tried to install again using that, then put your old drive back in; if that would work either?
     

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