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  1. #1

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    Apr 21, 2011
    Thumbs down G5 will not respond on start up, just fans

    I just bought a Power Mac G5 2.0Ghz dual processor 2003 as far as I can tell from what I have researched. I put a new 520GB HD in it and got the OS X 10.2 Jaguar for it, so I'm ready to go.

    However, the DVD drive will not work when it is plugged into the mother board. The fans come on and the heat sinks are getting warm.

    Does anyone know what the problem is? I'm thinking the motherboard is bad but, I don't know enough about Mac's to be sure.


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    Dec 11, 2010
    late 2012 mini w/SSD

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    Apr 21, 2011

    I figured out that my memory was not being seen so I moved it around and now it starts up with the chime and I can get to the option screen but the Jaguar OS X 10.2 disc I got will not load. Sounds like I need a special boot disc to get things rolling.

    Do I need OS 9 loaded before I load OS X 10.2?

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    Apr 21, 2011
    Do I need OS 9?
    Do I need to load OS 9 before I load OS X 10.2?

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    Jan 04, 2011
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    i would hold out a bit krazyrunner, until harryb notices this thread, he should be able to give you a hand.
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    harryb2448's Avatar
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    Nov 28, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    iMac, i7 4GHz, 32GB memory, 1TB PCI-e storgae StOS X.13.3
    The optical drive will not work? Maybe you need a new drive before you can install Jaguar. OS 9 is supported on G5's, but not the Classic operating system and the hard drive needs to be formatted Mac OS Extended (Journalled) and install Mac OS 9 drivers box ticked.

    Also is the Jaguar disc a black coloured disc or a silver grey from another computer? These are extremely model specific and will boot only the model they were issued with. As you can see we have quite a bit of work in front of us top get the G5 running!

    Keep us posted?
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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