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  1. #1

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    Jun 19, 2008
    Dual 500 G4 failing to finish bootup after 10.4 install
    Hello, I went through some old parts, realized I had a 160gb ata HD from an old project, and wanted to get my daughter running her own Mac. 9.2 install went fine, as did 10.3, I didn't do all the updates, including security, went to 10.4 install.

    I'm getting hanging spinning wheel after chime in 10.4

    Then circle and line through it. Verbose mode shows "broken phy, aborting start" when I try to boot 10.4

    I went back and checked my 9.2 install - booted no problem. The cpu heatsink felt hot so I put a dab of thermal compound in between.

    Any ideas ? Is it the HD or a board issue ? thanks.

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    dtravis7's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 04, 2005
    Modesto, Ca.
    iMac late 2007 10.11.b4, iMac 2008 10.10.5, Macbook2007 10.7.5, Mac Mini 10.7.5, iPhone 3GS Note 8!!
    What I would try in your case is a fresh install of Tiger 10.4 and not an upgrade. This is just a guess but it could be something went wrong from the upgrading from 10.3 to 10.4. Try a fresh install of 10.4. Is this a Factory Full Install DVD of Tiger and not a Machine specific DVD of 10.4?

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    Member Since
    Jun 19, 2008
    I'm in middle of reinstalling 9.2, 10.3 and then 10.4
    I'll report back tonight.

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    harryb2448's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 28, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    iMac i5 2.7GHz, 16GB memory, OS 10.11
    After 9.2 is installed, make sure firmware is up to date and do an install of Tiger from a full version install DVD and not a grey coloured model specific disc.

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    louishen's Avatar
    Member Since
    Oct 22, 2007
    Mac Mini Core i7 2012 | White 2009 MacBook 2 Ghz | 733 Mhz G4 Quicksilver
    Just in case, boot OS9 and make sure the firmware is up to date (this can only be done with OS9)

    Do a fresh install of Tiger (erase and install)

    You do not need to install OS9 first, I doubt if you will need to run classic apps (I haven't done so in 2 years). But install OS 9 if you wish

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