Very Mad: OSX Tiger won't install past a certain point

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Mineral, Aug 30, 2005.

  1. Mineral macrumors member

    May 10, 2003
    I've had it with this stupid thing. I have a 15" PBook G4, 1.25. I am reformatting the HDD and installing Tiger fresh. Twice now, it has gotten to installing iCal and about 60% through it, the installer stops and makes me restart, saying the installation of the software failed. What is wrong? I didn't pay $2700 over a year ago for this kind of grief, that is why I left PC's behind.

    PLEASE HELP ME. Thank you. :mad:
  2. Lacero macrumors 604


    Jan 20, 2005
    Sounds like bad RAM. If not, try getting a new copy of Tiger from Apple or your reseller.
  3. Mineral thread starter macrumors member

    May 10, 2003
    I just BOUGHT a new copy. Today. It won't install past iCal. What does RAM have to do with it? :confused:
  4. AlephNull macrumors member

    Jan 27, 2005
    Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
    Could be a bad DVD of Tiger... is known to happen. I would say its not bad RAM.. OSX generally doesnt even start installing if that is the case, in my experience. You might also try zeroing out your drive or repairing permissions, etc, or using DiskWarrior on it.

    Would it be possible to try your copy of Tiger on another mac?

    Good luck
  5. Linkjeniero macrumors 6502

    Jan 6, 2005
    Been there, done that, and it's probably bad RAM. In my case, a particular zone of the RAM was bad (it was a 512 stick, and it got bad around the half). The info would go into the RAM with no error warnings, but when it got out, it was corrupted after a certain point. An OS X installation caches things in the RAM, and if the RAM is returning bad info, the installation will crash. Try the Hardware Test that comes in the DVD to be sure. And if you need the computer right away, take out the bad stick, and things will go normally from there.
  6. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

    IJ Reilly

    Jul 16, 2002
    I've seen this occur with DVD installs of Tiger. If your optical drive isn't well aligned or has gotten dirty inside, it may not be tracking the DVD properly. It gets only so far and quits. I would order CD install media from Apple. I'll bet that works.
  7. cgratti macrumors 6502a


    Dec 28, 2004
    Central Pennsylvania, USA
    just for kicks, make a copy of TIGER and install from the copied disk.

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