iBook G4 system installation problem


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I wished to clear my iBook and deleted most of the files and applications on it and attempted to re-load System 10.5. The disk did not 'pick up' and I was able to eject it but the messages in the attached picture has appeared. I have restarted the computer several times but this always appears and I would like to know if I can clear this and if so how?

Any help would be appreciated as I am thinking of selling this iBook and was planning to put in OS 10.5 and Office 2008 on it, or have I completely messed it up.

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Hello,

That is a kernel panic, which signifies either a software or hardware issue. Depending on the exact model of the iBook, it could be the result of RAM/AirPort Card becoming loosely seated, the wrong OS X installer disc is being used, or other hardware issues.

-Which exact model iBook?
-Is it the gray OS X disc that came with it, or a retail disc?
-Did you ever add RAM or an AirPort Card?

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Hello Cory
Thank you for your response.

The computer is an iBook G4 14", the OS X disc I used was the original grey one as supplied and I have not added RAM or an Airport Card, and I still have the original grey installation discs.

As I had a few files on it which I tried to remove but could not, I then attempted to load OSX when the disc would not eject and the message shown came up. I was able to eject the disc as per the instructions.

I hope this helps.

Regards

John
 

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OK, thanks for the additional information.

Good that the discs are the original grey ones, as they are very machine-specific.

If it is all original, without any added RAM/AirPort Card, it is strange that it would kernel panic like that. It's not out of the ordinary though for an older Mac.

-What exact model iBook G4 - an actual iBook G4, or Early 2004, Late 2004, Mid 2005?
-Does it actually have an AirPort Card installed, or a built-in version? Sometimes it helps if you remove it and reseat it.
-Can you upload a photo of the first Install Disc?

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Hello Cory
In answer to your questions the G4 was purchased in February 2006 and reading through the User's Guide it states 'your iBook is AirPort ready' so I assume it is built in. I attach pictures of the installation discs which came with the computer as requested.

Hope this helps.

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OK, that should be an iBook G4 (Mid 2005) then. It has a built-in AirPort Extreme Card.

From those photos, these should be the correct disc sets:

iBook G4
Mac OS version 10.4.2
2Z691-5532-A
Disc 2
2Z691-5533-A

For Mac Computers
Mac OS version 10.5
2Z691-6150-A
Mac OS X Install Disc 2
2Z691-6175-A

The iBook G4 (Mid 2005) came with Mac OS X 10.4.2-10.4.4, so I would use the iBook G4 set. I can't remember which Macs came with the For Mac Computers, so if those are what you were using, they may not be compatible.

You could also run AHT on the iBook G4 disc to test the iBook hardware. From memory, the disc should be in the drive and you hold the D key or Option key when powering on to run it.

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I have tried using the G4 installation disc 1 but I am still getting the message appearing as shown in my first picture and the disc stays in, I can only release it on restarting and holding the trackpad button. I have taken some better pictures of the message on the screen - if these would help?

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OK, thanks.

It looks like the discs you are using may not be the actual ones that are for that iBook, since it mentions "Unable to find driver". Did you buy the iBook new and the discs were in the box, or did you buy it used?

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The iBook was bought new and these are the discs which came with it.

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OK, thanks.

I will look into it a bit further to see if there is anything else to try.

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One more thing...

What is the ending of the sentence in the kernel panic: panic (cpu 0 caller 0x002E1EC4): Unable to find driver for..."? Is it PowerBook6,7?

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Hello Cory
Yes it reads 'this platform: "PowerBook6.7".

I noticed that the message comes up very quickly after switching on the laptop whereas before it took probably about a good minute or so before I could log in.

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