My g4 laptop's dvd drive is broken and today i tried intalling the new operating system with an external DVD Drive: Hewlett Packard USB Dual layer. It won't let me do it! once i double click the osx installer i 2ble click on restart and it just restarts my computer and goes no further. It gives me ONLY the option to restart again. Any suggestions? I'd apreciate if anyone can help me......!!!!!!
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Re: installing OSX 4 with external DVD writer
You're in luck if you have another mac because you can now use it's drive to install from. Connect the computers together using a firewire cable then restart the mac with the broken drive holding down the T key at the bong until a firewire symbol appears on screen. The other mac can now see it and can install the software to it as an external drive.
Otherwise you would need a firewire cd drive or USB to Firewire adaptor for your cd drive. If you get one of those you hold the alt key while rebooting and this will display a list of bootable devices.
On the latest OSX disks it has a folder for network cd/dvd access for intallation but again you need another mac to mac use of it.
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Typically this is operating system corruption or a failed hard drive. If you can boot to your install media (CD, USB, or recovery partition) try a clean install. You could also try third party software solutions like Disk Warrior or Drive Genius (they supply bootable media) to fix the OS issues or check the disk for failures / corruption
This means the mac can not find the system to start up, you can try holding down the alt key as you start the mac, this may bring up a choice of systems to boot from if not then try holding down the shift key at startup, as this will boot without extensions loading. If none of this works then you need the startup dvd that came with the mac, if you dont have it the you need a retail copy of the mac os that will boot your mac , if its g4 then osx 10.3 or 10 .4 will work.
Install your startup CD and restart the computer holding down the "C" if your computer starts off of it, the CD player is okay and you have a software problem, if does not start off the CD the CD/DVD needs to be replaced
it won't read it because the new os disk is double layered and the g4 drive you have probably won't read double layered dvds. best solution is to buy or borrow an usb external dvd drive. i did this last week and it worked fine.
It;'s not a great Idea flipping the mac over they have a special stand to put them on when working on them. But it should be able to cope with it. Your mac is relatively old now. With all the moving around it could have just given up the ghost.
They are quite tricky to work on with the hard drive sitting on top and the cables running over and down the side there is a stack of heat generated there. Just make sure you put ll the thermal back in. If it's not a miss seated connection it could be a number of things. Cable, heads. Trouble shooting is quite tricky. As it is a desktop, in a lot of cases it is cheaper to buy an external DVD reader/writer. They are faster now!
You should be able to install OK when it is in terminal mode. You could run disk utility but more than likely you'll have to run the installation again.