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As a newbie I'm having difficulties installing a new op system on my G4 400MHZ. My new op system is OSX 10.4 and is on a DVD. I hold down the 'c' button and I used to get a flashing "?" but this has stopped happening. I have also tried holding down the 'option' key - and it only shows the HDD and an arrow. I currently have OS 9.2 on the mac.


Is there a way of accessing the motherboard to see that the computer has DVD has first priority boot, as in windows? Any help would be geat as I am tearing my hair out. I am sure the operating system on my DVD is not corrupt.
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Is the Optical drive in that G4 400 for sure a DVD ROM? If so maybe the drive has issues reading DVD's.
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Yep. It's a DVD rom okay. I used another DVD ROm (from a PC - I think PC DVD roms are compatible????) and still no response form the DVD...I am confused!
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You can try resetting the PRAM. Not sure if it will help but seen it solve that problem a time or two. Hold down Apple-Option-P-R all at the same time when you hear the chime. Keep it all down till you hear 2 more chimes then let go. See if it then works.

Is the Tiger DVD a factory?
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I tried resetting PRAM, but may not have done it properly. As for the DVD, I got it from a friend. Does not look like an original though but the contents look correct. Other thing is I had some extra ram I threw in - someone said that can screw it all up - so I have now taken out the extra ram and have just the ram that came with it...thing is - when I first put another DVD in it I was able to get the "?" at startup and now its gone!

Oh and one more thing. I notice that when I start the computer , hold down 'c' button, it can't find the DVD, starts up OS9.2, and then when I try to get the DVD out of the dvd drive, it won't come out. Not until I switch the off button - then it released the DVD from the carraige. hHis might be a clue as to whats wrong???

Is there some way of setting the boot priority in MAC, as you can in windows? Perhaps its not set to boot from the DVD???? Sorry, I'm a windows guy lost in an apple orchard!
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boot all the way into OS9.2 and click on the Apple in the top left corner and control panel and startup disc. When Startup Disc comes up, have the Tiger DVD in the drive and see if it shows there. If so click on it and click Reboot.
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hmmmm....did that, and it does not show up.

I think the fact that I cannot eject the DVD says a lot - but what? Any thoughts dtravis?
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The question has not been answered are you sure you have a DVD drive, instead of a CD drive in your system?

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Well, it says DVD ROM on the front of it, so I'm sure thats okay. The G4 400MHZ is intel-based, right? Is the installation disk different for intel-based Macs? Hopefully thats not too stupid a question! Maybe I'm puttingt he wrong kind of op system, on this mac?
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Well, it says DVD ROM on the front of it, so I'm sure thats okay. The G4 400MHZ is intel-based, right? Is the installation disk different for intel-based Macs? Hopefully thats not too stupid a question! Maybe I'm puttingt he wrong kind of op system, on this mac?
A G4 is a Power PC. TOTALLY different CPU. G3, G4, G5 are All power PC CPU's. Will not run Windows or any X86 OS. Intel and AMD are X86 CPU's. Tiger for the Intel Macs is X86 and will not run at all on a Power PC Mac. Some were quite mad when Apple went with Intel and ditched the PPC CPU but there were reasons I can understand.

If that is a copied version of OSX Tiger, that kind of thing is very much looked down here on Mac Forums. You need to purchase a copy of OSX Tiger 10.4 for PPC. There are many on Ebay and for quite low prices now a days. I had a feeling that was what was up but did not want to say anything till I was sure.
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I honestly don't know if it is a pirated version. I am not one to support piracy and will immediatly purchase a PPC version (now that I know whats going on!). Thanks for your help on this - we finally sorted it out. WIll report back when I get a PPC version.
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I honestly don't know if it is a pirated version. I am not one to support piracy and will immediatly purchase a PPC version (now that I know whats going on!). Thanks for your help on this - we finally sorted it out. WIll report back when I get a PPC version.
Cool! Do that. It's hard for me to get used to the fact there are 2 kinds of Macs now with 2 Tigers (PPC and Intel)! Will be here should you need any help.
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HI dtravis! I went online at Ebay and am bidding on what I think is the correct operating system for my G4 400MHZ Mac. Could you have a look at this item and confirm that it is the correct one please? It's here. Hopefully you'll be able to see this URL:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll..._promot_widget
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HI dtravis! I went online at Ebay and am bidding on what I think is the correct operating system for my G4 400MHZ Mac. Could you have a look at this item and confirm that it is the correct one please? It's here. Hopefully you'll be able to see this URL:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll..._promot_widget
Oh my, that is way too old. That is like the first OSX or around. You want at least Jaguar 10.2 but better 10.3 Panther or 10.4 Tiger. Panther and Tiger would be the best with the best support for new applications and Safari is night and day also. I guess it really depends on what you want to spend. On that machine even Tiger 10.4 will run fine if you give it 512Megs RAM or more.

Here is a Jaguar complete that looks good.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Mac-OSX-10-2-Jag...QQcmdZViewItem


Here are a couple of Panthers 10.3.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Mac-Mini-OSX-10-...QQcmdZViewItem

http://cgi.ebay.com/Mac-OSX-10-3-Pan...QQcmdZViewItem

And here is Tiger 10.4

http://cgi.ebay.com/MAC-OSX-10-4-Tig...QQcmdZViewItem

Hope this helps. Don't get that older one. Won't give you a good idea about OSX.
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