PowerMac G4 Leopard not booting...

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by thestratocaster, May 13, 2009.

  1. thestratocaster macrumors newbie

    May 13, 2009

    I recently purchased from a friend a Powermac G4. It was running Panther (i Think). Because it wasnt running all too well, I decided to give Leopard a go. I had an extra copy of Leopard lying around, so I installed it. It booted up fine, and was working, until I restarted the computer. Now it doesn't boot up at all, and I get a grey screen with a folder with the mac symbol and a question mark on it. What have I done? And how to I fix it?

    I have tried booting from multiple CD's to try and run a DiskChk, but it can't even boot from CD's when I press this at boot-up: CMD-OPT-SHIFT-DELETE

    THanks for any help

  2. Dave H macrumors 6502

    Dave H

    Mar 2, 2008
    Is the Leopard DVD black or gray? If it is gray, it is machine specific for an Intel Mac.

    The flashing question mark means it can't find the startup disk.
    Try a PRAM reset.

    Also, to start up from a CD or DVD, hold down the C key.

    On OS install disks, the version of Disk Utility included is only intended for that same OS version. Using a Panther version of Disk Utility on a hard drive with Leopard could do damage.
  3. thestratocaster thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 13, 2009
    The DVD is black with purple stars. It says "drop in CPU". I will try the pram reset and let u know how I go

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