New To Mac-Forums?

Welcome to our community! Join the discussion today by registering your FREE account. If you have any problems with the registration process, please contact us!

Get your questions answered by community gurus Advice and insight from world-class Apple enthusiasts Exclusive access to members-only contests, giveaways and deals

Join today!

 
Start a Discussion
 

Mac-Forums Brief

Subscribe to Mac-Forums Brief to receive special offers from Mac-Forums partners and sponsors

Join the conversation RSS
Apple Desktops Discussion of Apple's desktop machines including Mac Pro, iMac, Power Mac, and mini

OS X Install failure, HHD will not spin


Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

 
Thread Tools
Moxie
Guest
 
Posts: n/a

Hello,

I have an iMac 500, and the original 40GB hard drive was making a loud hum, so I replaced it. I got the hard drive (40GB WD IDE) surplused out of a PC. I got through the 1st few steps of the install fine, booting off my 10.3.5 CD. But then..

1) I went to disk doctor to reformat and partition the drive. It seemed to be paritioned still for the PC.

2) I tried to erase the larger partition, but it froze during creating partition map, and I restarted. I tried again, this time to erase the drive. No luck, got an error after a while.

3) Tried to boot again off the CD. This time nothing will work, it spins the CD, then I get a white blank screen. I cannot remove the CD, holding down the mouse did not work. If I wait long enough, I will get a flashing question mark/smily face. This then switches just to a folder, and then back again....

4)Will not boot off the HDD or CD. Holding down C does not seem to help. The hard drive does not sound like it is spinning.

Help!!

p.s. checked firmware before install. Already had an older version of panther installed OK before new drive...
QUOTE Thanks
mateo107
Guest
 
Posts: n/a

Well - the first thing I would do would be to check the jumper setting on the HDD you put in. It sounds like it may be set incorrectly. Generally speaking, my iMacs like to work on 'CableSelect', but will sometimes work on "Master/Single". Very rarely will they work with "Master with Slave attached", and even more infrequently with "Slave" setting.

Also, I'd try re-partitioning the HDD on the PC, to check to make sure the drive itself is not faulty. If possible, I'd also run (from the PC) the WD Diagnostic tools that are available from their website. If all looks good from the PC... try it on the MAC again, with the jumper set to "Cable Select" and see what happens.

best of luck - please repost and let us know how it works out for ya!

-matt-

Quote:
Originally Posted by Moxie
Hello,

I have an iMac 500, and the original 40GB hard drive was making a loud hum, so I replaced it. I got the hard drive (40GB WD IDE) surplused out of a PC. I got through the 1st few steps of the install fine, booting off my 10.3.5 CD. But then..

1) I went to disk doctor to reformat and partition the drive. It seemed to be paritioned still for the PC.

2) I tried to erase the larger partition, but it froze during creating partition map, and I restarted. I tried again, this time to erase the drive. No luck, got an error after a while.

3) Tried to boot again off the CD. This time nothing will work, it spins the CD, then I get a white blank screen. I cannot remove the CD, holding down the mouse did not work. If I wait long enough, I will get a flashing question mark/smily face. This then switches just to a folder, and then back again....

4)Will not boot off the HDD or CD. Holding down C does not seem to help. The hard drive does not sound like it is spinning.

Help!!

p.s. checked firmware before install. Already had an older version of panther installed OK before new drive...
QUOTE Thanks

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe


« Screen problems on iMac G3 | Upgrade G5 video card? »
Thread Tools

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
FAQ: Archive and Install MacAddikt OS X - Operating System 36 07-09-2009 09:24 AM
Trying To Install Mac OS 9.0 On A Clean G3 lhs24 Running Windows (or anything else) on your Mac 3 09-28-2004 08:13 PM
OS9 Install Problem in Panther - HELP! Big Beard OS X - Operating System 2 01-07-2004 11:00 PM
weird OSX install problem cooch Apple Desktops 10 01-04-2004 08:03 AM
n00b in need of tips please (osX install) jonnyturner OS X - Operating System 1 12-23-2003 11:30 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:15 PM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
X

Welcome to Mac-Forums.com

Create your username to jump into the discussion!

New members like you have made this community the ultimate source for your Mac since 2003!


(4 digit year)

Already a member?