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    Replaced HD but not recognized

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    Replaced HD but not recognized
    Hello all, to start I am new to the MAC world but am eager to learn. I purchased a white ibook 500MHz, 512MB, 10GB HD, double USB, wireless and CDROM. The prior owner said that he was running OS X Leopard. When I received the laptop it didn't have a HD installed nor did it include any software. After emailing him he said that he didn't have time to wipe the HD so he just removed it and swore up and down that the package included the software... So I upgraded to a CDRW / DVD drive, and purchased a retail box WD 60GB HD and a retail copy of OS X Leopard.
    I sucessfully installed the new CDRW/DVD drive and 60GB HD. Prior to installing the HD I formated it into HSF+ using MAC Drive7 software. After re-assembling everything I powered it up and held down the "C" button to boot to DVD. It gets to the grey screen w/ the apple and the spinner and just sits there spinning away. I have checked the forums and tried several things. I turned on holding down the "option" button it goes to a blue'ish screen w/ a curved arrow on left and a straight arrow on right. In the middle it has the MAC OS X box but it won't allow me to click on it. There was no hard drive shown so I am pretty sure that it is my first thing to resolve.
    Unfortunately for me this is my first MAC and I do not have access to another one to connect via firewire cable as stated in numerous forums. Nor do I know of anyone that has a MAC to assist me in getting this working.
    I am pretty certain that I am missing a crutial step that is probably fairly simple.
    Any assistance would be much appreciated and please keep in mind I am a MAC newbie so please spell it out for me, I'm learning but I am not up to speed on all MAC tech talk yet.

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    Replaced HD but not recognized
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    The problem is that Leopard requires at least a 867 MHz PPC G4 to work.

    I purchased a white ibook 500MHz and a retail copy of OS X Leopard.
    General requirements
    • Mac computer with an Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 (867MHz or faster) processor
    http://www.apple.com/macosx/techspecs/

    You'd only be able to upgrade to Tiger.

    Specs for your iBook.
    http://www.everymac.com/systems/appl...ibook_500.html
    When all else fails, try everything!
    The Rep System and you.
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    Replaced HD but not recognized

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    That would do it, thank you very much.

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    Replaced HD but not recognized
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    Quote Originally Posted by evaughn21 View Post
    That would do it, thank you very much.
    Sorry for the bad news... But it sounds like you did a great job in replacing the optical and HDD.
    (Not always easy in the older models)
    When all else fails, try everything!
    The Rep System and you.
    Life's a joke...If you're not laughing, then you didn't get it.

    June 2008


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