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Downloading new system

I just purchased a G4 online and am downloading the operating system--there are three initial CDs.  After the second things stopped cold, so I restarted and now I think it's "searching" for the rest of the operating system, or the third CD---it's been on login window, trying to load for about 20 minutes.  I think it wants my third CD, the rest of the system, but how do I download it?
I also had to redo the first CD, because my cable unconnected, so that may be another issue.

The third CD is already inserted.
Can I get rid of what is on there and start fresh?????

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  • trish978 Jan 08, 2009

    I did try this, Stephen, but even holding down the C key on my keyboard it doesn't let me GET me to a place to install--it's still trying to boot up what of the system has been installed.  

    I do have a separate keyboard, and I noticed that you underlined "keyboard"--does that make any kind of difference? 

    Thank you!


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Firstly, you should use the word "install" rather than "download." "Download" is technically correct but implies you're doing something illegal, and you don't want people to get that impression.

Shut down your computer, then place the first disc back in the drive. Hold down the "C" key on your keyboard to boot from the disc and start installing MacOSX from the beginning again. When asked, you should choose to do a "clean install" (though you will lose all data on the hard drive). You may have to select "Options" or something similar to get the option to do a clean install. Good luck!

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    Stephen Munn Jan 09, 2009

    Try holding the "Option" key on the keyboard while turning on your computer, and keeping it held down until you get your boot option menu, which will look like a row of buttons on a gray screen. Each button will represent a system installed on your machine. When you insert your first CD, it should think for a bit, and then give you a new button option for booting from that CD. If it doesn't give you the new button, click the refresh button (which looks like a curved arrow). Be patient, this menu can be very slow on older Macs like the G4. Once you've got the button, click it and click the button with the arrow pointing straight to the right, and it should boot from that CD, letting you start the install over. Good luck!


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