PowerMac G4 Leopard not booting...

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

  1. thestratocaster macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    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

    Kim
     
  2. Dave H macrumors 6502

    Dave H

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    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.
    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1379

    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

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    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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