Powermac G5 boot problem

tibilon

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Hello guys,

just to explain the situation. I bought a Powermac G5 but I realized that it can't boot into OS. It shows only flashing question mark and finder logo. When I put CD into Mac and boot from CD there is Apple and circle rotating than after 30sec there is 'no entry' logo and circle is rotating forever. I suspected into HDD but when I changed it there was also the same problem. I don't know any solution more. Can you advice me?
 

redheeler

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What year is your Power Mac G5, and what OS disk / version are you trying to boot from?
 

tibilon

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I'm trying to boot both Tiger or Leopard. Same result.

Wear condition to is ok, everything seems ok.
 

LightBulbFun

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the no entry sign with the spinning gear is typically

"Cant find root device"

which basically means OS X cant find its own HDD/DVD so i would check that the drive/cable is in good condition first (check stuff like slave master and CS jumpers)

also its worth resetting the PRAM/PMU. you could also try and boot from USB
 

tibilon

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Oh i can't turn it to play, sorry but i'm pretty sure it's 1.6ghz version :)

Discs are from my friend, clones.
 

LightBulbFun

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Oh i can't turn it to play, sorry but i'm pretty sure it's 1.6ghz version :)

Discs are from my friend, clones.
1.6Ghz would be a PowerMac7,2 2003 model

open the side door on the G5 right at the bottom edge is a sticker listing all the specs of the machine, if you can post a picture of that :)
 

tibilon

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I'm at work now, but i will try to photo it and boot it with usb. Maybe it's about dvd drive but i really don't know. Now i will try to get 10.4.6 retail to boot it up.
 
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