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OS 10.2 - Trouble booting from CD


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Hey guys,

I recently acquired a Power Mac G4 (AGP, 500 mhz, 512 mb RAM) and I'm having trouble booting from a CD to upgrade to 10.3.

I tried holding the C key, and I tried holding the option key and selecting the cd as my startup disk, and regardless of what I do, I end up with that prohibatory sign and the wheel spins and spins and spins and spins and does nothing. I'm fairly certain it is not the specific CD, as I even tried booting from a 10.2 installation disk for kicks and I get the same result.

I have done the following but to no avail:
1) reset the PRAM
2) updated the firmware
3) verified and repaired disk permissions

I'm pretty new to these new operating systems, so any tips would be great.

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Have a look at this article from Apple, expecially resetting the NVRAM when getting the prohibitory sign:-

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.h...num=106805#one

Hope it helps.
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After resetting the nvram, I have been able to boot from my 10.2 disk, leading me to believe that my 10.3 disk is corrupt.

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Glad to help. If you are in the STates give Apple a ring about changing corrupt disc. They used to do it for about $10.00, but really I think Tiger would be the go on your Gigabit Ethernet 500MHz machine, and kick RAM up to 1GB for better performance.
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