I'm having some problems with my Imac G5. It crashed a long time ago, so i added a new hard drive, and am now attempting to install the OS again. i believe it's 10.3. It will install the first install...
I have to assume that you mean you REPLACED the hard drive, as there is no room for two drives in an iMac.
If I had this machine in my shop, I would start by resetting the SMU (there are several models of iMac G5, each with a different procedure) and then resetting the PRAM at boot by holding down command-option-P-R until I got the boot chime three times. Then I would boot it from an external OS drive and run DiskWarrior over the internal drive to straighten out any file system corruption. Or, if the drive is brand new, I would erase and format it with "write zeroes to all records once" just to verify the drive and map out any bad blocks.
Then I would try the installation again. When the machine rebooted, I would hold down command-V as I heard the boot chime, just to watch the console messages in real time and see what appears at the point of hang, assuming it continues to hang. From that point, I would be able to diagnose more about where to look for the problem.
Thanks for the detailed report by the way. I apologize if my plan of action involves a lot of accessories you don't own, but the fact is you don't have a trivial problem to diagnose here.
Oct 29, 2010 |
Apple iMac G5 Desktop