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McKenzie Carlile

PowerMac G4 Dual 867

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I just bought a PowerMac G4 without an operating system, completely wiped hard drive. I have a Leopard install disk, but when I put the disk in, all I get is an apple logo with the spinning gear. The disk will not eject. Whats goin' on?!?!?!?

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be patient. it may just be loading really s-l-o-w-l-y. Also, this is just a stab in the dark, but back in the day I recall having to install certain drivers before you could install the system. Something to do with a BootROM maybe?

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Hold down the mouse button when it's off and then turn it on. Keep it held down until the disk ejects.

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Hold down the mouse button when it's off and then turn it on. Keep it held down until the disk ejects.

 

Thanks. Disk is out. I have verified my disk to be a retail copy of Leopard. I replaced the disk and let it run (because I have heard that it takes a really long time sometime?). My PowerMac G4 is still giving me an apple logo with spinning gear, taunting me. Do I need to boot the computer holding down a certain key or something to launch the installer? Once again, the hard drive has been wiped, no OS.

 

Thanks

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AFTER SOME RESEARCH: I have ascertained that my computer may not have a DVD drive. I have heard of target disk mode, but I do not have a firewire cable. Can I do this over CAT 6 ethernet? Can I put my MacBook into target disk mode and boot using the option key on the wiped powermac?

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AFTER SOME RESEARCH: I have ascertained that my computer may not have a DVD drive. I have heard of target disk mode, but I do not have a firewire cable. Can I do this over CAT 6 ethernet? Can I put my MacBook into target disk mode and boot using the option key on the wiped powermac?

 

You need a firewire cable to use target disk mode. It won't work over ethernet.

 

I would either buy a FW cable or, if you have an older system CD that you could boot the G4 from, then you should be able to turn on DVD/CD sharing on your MB and use the DVD drive that way over ethernet.

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