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First of all I am an IDIOT! I was getting frustrated with my powermac G4 trying to wipe and install Mac OS X Tiger. Disks would not start after restarting computer, disk would not show up in Startup Disk preference so that I could start the disk?? Got frustrated and just deleted the whole damn hard drive. NOW, I can get any Operating system installed?? AAHHHH! Here is the death screen I currently see... panic(cpu 0 caller 0X002E1EC4): Unable to find driver for this platform: "PowerMac4,4". latest stack backtrace for cup 0: backrace: 0X0095A10 0X00026898 0X002E1EC4 (SEVERAL MORE NUMBER/LETTER COMBOS) Kernel Version: Darwin Kernel Version 8.11.0: Wed Oct 10 18:26:00 PDT 2007; root:xnu-792.24.17-1/RELEASE_PPC No debugger configured - dumping depug information MSR=00001030 Latest stack backtrace for CPU:0

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  • Steely211 Nov 21, 2008

    I have the same problem with the same error message damn that kernal. Anyway How can I get the computer up and running without spendinga milli? Also I think when the computer died it took my keyboard with it. Is that possible? The last thing is my ipod was hooked up to it and now the songs don't play they're gray. I can't put them on a cd or anything. HHHEELLLPPP!!!

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You can call your vendor support hotline and they can guide you regarding the installation of your OS

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