PowerMac G4 does not boot

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Toppa G's, Jun 15, 2007.

  1. Toppa G's macrumors 6502

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    I have a bit of a problem - I am trying to use a PowerMac G4 with OS 9 (I have some old ICC profiling software for a legacy color print device I'd like to use). However, after a series of issues, I decided to restart using the OS X partition purportedly on the computer. Mistake. :( The computer promptly restarted with the prohibitory sign glaring back at me. The kicker - there is no internal optical drive - just a DVD-RAM drive and Zip drive. My external CD/DVD drive refuses to be recognized, so that's out.

    Any ideas for making this work? I have basically all of the OS X CDs from 10.0 to 10.3 - I may be able to get my hands on an OS 9 CD if necessary, but without an optical drive I think I'm out of luck.

    Thanks for reading - here's to a solution! :eek:
     
  2. banjomamo macrumors regular

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    try looking into booting the OS from an external firewire drive.
     
  3. spinne1 macrumors 6502a

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    Uh, a DVD-RAM drive IS an optical drive. You use it to read your OS X CDs and boot from them.
     
  4. Toppa G's thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Oops - I didn't realize I could just stick a disc into that drive. :eek: Thanks!
     

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