Reformat trouble

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by hershman, Nov 4, 2009.

  1. hershman macrumors newbie

    Nov 4, 2009

    I would like to perform a complete reformat and clean install of Tiger on my PPC G5, and have been running into problems with doing so for two days.

    I tried to boot my friends old Tiger disk that came with his computer, but that didn't work as I expected. Now that I have the retail CDs, I'm still hanging when I try to boot from disk 1.

    It brings up the panic screen with a bunch of kernel errors and etc. with We are hanging here at the bottom.

    I've tried holding option, c, etc... It will show my hard drive and my OS X Installation, but when I select the install, I get that same error.

    I have also tried installing Ubuntu from a disk, to no avail. I get to the mac face with question mark... then it just boots up my hdd, it wont even show the Ubuntu disk as an option.

    I really just want to reformat and install the original factory settings. Can anyone suggest a possible solution?

    Specifications of my computer:

    Machine Name: Power Mac G5
    Machine Model: PowerMac11,2
    CPU Type: PowerPC G5 (1.0)
    Number Of CPUs: 2
    CPU Speed: 2 GHz
    L2 Cache (per CPU): 1 MB
    Memory: 512 MB
    Bus Speed: 1 GHz
    Boot ROM Version: 5.2.7f1
  2. stridemat Moderator


    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    Are you sure that you are using the right disks for your machine?
  3. hershman thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 4, 2009
    Yes. They come in a pack of four CDs, for OS X Tiger 10.4
  4. hershman thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 4, 2009
    Trying the alternate text based Ubuntu OS installer now, seems like there's a general problem booting from any disk? Is this a common issue?

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