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    Can't boot, No Disk utility, OSX 10.3 HELP!!!
    Gday guys - I am new to Mac & setting up my mum & dad and a few other people as well. Totally green with Mac but had enough of MS. I have a brand new Macbook pro on it's way with all the fruit - but until then setting up ibooks...


    One machine froze while downloading - mum turned it off & then it wouldn't reboot. So dad formatted the HDD & who knows what else!

    I have tried to re-install 10.3 but it freezes on the second screen. (ie before the legal agreement)

    Any suggestions? I reset PRAM & PRU but didn't help - is this a hdd / ram issue?
    When I try to use Disk Utility it freezes and says "gathering system info" but that is it - it won't pull up and drives to erase etc...


    And advice would be appreciated
    Adam

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    First question are the CD's full retail versions or did they come with the iBook? Install CDs from one machine will only work with that particular model and no other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harryb2448 View Post
    First question are the CD's full retail versions or did they come with the iBook? Install CDs from one machine will only work with that particular model and no other.
    Not entirely true - I have a copy of Mac OS 9 for a G4 tower and it works just fine on the original iMac G3. It gives me an error about a specific piece of hardware that the computer doesn't have, but I can skip it and the rest of the install goes smoothly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kahlil88 View Post
    Not entirely true - I have a copy of Mac OS 9 for a G4 tower and it works just fine on the original iMac G3. It gives me an error about a specific piece of hardware that the computer doesn't have, but I can skip it and the rest of the install goes smoothly.
    Some os 9 CDs will work, but not OS X Cds

    anyhow, the ibook, Try opening her up and re-seat the ram and hard disk cables.

    Give the install CD a good clean and have another go

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