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    Smile installing leopard with brand new primary H-Drive
    Hi,
    I have been trying to install leopard on my 'hand me down g5' which was hard drive-less when i recieved it. I ordered a copy of leopard and a 250gb seagate barracuda Hard drive (from scan computers - a pc parts store) I plugged in my new hard drive inserted the os disk and started her up.....i got the apple logo, then a spinning mac 'I'm busy' swirly mouse thing. Then a grey screen. And that's it, no more anything, just the optical drive ticking away.....until i turned it off.
    Any ideas?
    Thanks!
    Tom
    PS i have a powermac g5 dual 1.8 june 04

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    Is the hard drive detecting? While booting press the Option key to see what drives are in there... (I'm just guessing here)

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    Cheers! done that and, no - it's not detecting the hard drive, I'm going to try and format it with the mac file system as i suspect that it's formatted for a pc....
    btw, I've tried booting from the cd so i can format the hard drive, but nothing happens. I've tried pressing 'c' and then tried option and selecting (the only option) the optical drive and I am left with the same result (except I still have the swirly mouse pointer thing and a grey screen, and the optical drive ticking over)

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    sorry - nudge, nudge

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    Try booting your OS X disc from an external hard drive cause it seems like your Drive/DVD is gone a bit wonky.

    To do that, you will have to launch Disk Utility, and then "restore" the OS X disc onto the external drive.
    Then while booting press option and boot from the external drive.
    Of course, you will need access to another mac to do this...

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    Like goobimama said there might be an issue with the internal DVD drive and reading the Leopard DVD. Is this your only Mac?

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    yep it's my only mac
    I have PC's which i could attempt to attach the superdrive that's in there to and see if there's anything wrong with it? and vice versa I could put one of my PC DVD/CD drives into the mac?

    (i'd feel a bit dirty doing either of those though like trying to get your cat and your dog to get it on)

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