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    Old Power Mac G4 with Windows harddrive
    Hey. My friend just bought a old Power Mac G4 from a garage sale. No harddrive so he stole one from his PC and was just going to format it and put OS 9 (and eventually OS X) on it. Installed the harddrive and booted it up to the screen with the Classic Finder icon with a flashing question mark. The OS 9 install CD is in (I am only assuming he has the right version of the CD). I've tried holding control-C, option-C, or whatever the command was (I forgot it already) to try to boot from the CD but that didn't work.

    Can anyone help me out with this? I know the harddrive was formatted on a intel PC and the G4 is PPC. Could this be the problem? I'm at a dead end so I don't know where to go from here.. Any help would be appreciated!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sdlyr8 View Post
    Hey. My friend just bought a old Power Mac G4 from a garage sale. No harddrive so he stole one from his PC and was just going to format it and put OS 9 (and eventually OS X) on it. Installed the harddrive and booted it up to the screen with the Classic Finder icon with a flashing question mark. The OS 9 install CD is in (I am only assuming he has the right version of the CD). I've tried holding control-C, option-C, or whatever the command was (I forgot it already) to try to boot from the CD but that didn't work.

    Can anyone help me out with this? I know the harddrive was formatted on a intel PC and the G4 is PPC. Could this be the problem? I'm at a dead end so I don't know where to go from here.. Any help would be appreciated!
    Yea, i think it has something to do with the format. PC's use FAT/FAT32/NTFS setups, that unit should use HFS, this link might help?

    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=50447
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    just FYI, all you have to do is hold down "C" on startup to start from the disc. no command+, control+ or anything.
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    yes just hold down the c button when booting from disc
    check your hard drive jumpers
    it could be set as a slave drive when it needs to be a master

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