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Mac OS X Tiger installation stalls at volume selection

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by AnthonyCea, Jan 19, 2011.

  1. AnthonyCea

    AnthonyCea Well-Known Member

    Can you Apple experts help me ?

    I have an old Power Mac G4 machine and the installation disk stalls at the stage where it asks what volume to install on.

    There is no selection option listed in the interface and the install refuses to continue.
  2. rollthebones

    rollthebones Active Member

    Are there no volumes showing? If so, the hard drive is most likely dying. Tiger and G4s are on life support anyway.
  3. AnthonyCea

    AnthonyCea Well-Known Member

    No volumes are showing, so the hard drive must be dead, it does show on disk utility though.
  4. Quillz

    Quillz Well-Known Member

    If it shows up on Disk Utility, though, then it's not completely dead.

    Are you sure you've done a complete erase and used the correct file system? I just recently did several Snow Leopard installs on a couple of Macs that I own and I found that the OS wouldn't install properly unless the HDD was completely clean before the install.
  5. AnthonyCea

    AnthonyCea Well-Known Member

    It will not give me the option to erase either within the disk utility for some reason, it is no wonder folks give up on older systems.
  6. Quillz

    Quillz Well-Known Member

    On Tiger, there should be an actual "Erase & Install" option that you can access without using Disk Utility. Do you see it?
  7. AnthonyCea

    AnthonyCea Well-Known Member

    I wish I could see it, I have the DVD installation disk, but it does not seem to do the job, it seems to get stuck on every task, not highlighting the options it should.

    Apple did say that one might have to update their firmware before an upgrade in the instructions, but I have no idea how to do this with a machine that is not functioning or one that is not online.
  8. Mattie Num Nums

    Mattie Num Nums Active Member

    Bad Ram or Bad Processor can cause this as well.

    Source: I was a Mac Genius @ Apple for 4 years.
  9. AnthonyCea

    AnthonyCea Well-Known Member

    Hey Apple expert, thanks !!

    I will try to switch around some memory sticks from one machine to the other and see if I get lucky, and try to install again.

    Why the erase and install option is not listed is beyond me.
  10. Quillz

    Quillz Well-Known Member

    I know Erase & Install was an option with Leopard installation, and with Snow Leopard it was simply moved into the "Erase" options of Disk Utility, it might have functioned that way with Tiger, too.
  11. AnthonyCea

    AnthonyCea Well-Known Member

    Maybe Steve Jobs will will quit lurking here, join as a member and post the solution since he is not working full time any longer !!
  12. Quillz

    Quillz Well-Known Member

    He'll tell you to buy a new iMac and use Snow Leopard.
  13. AnthonyCea

    AnthonyCea Well-Known Member

    Damn, I was hoping he could help me get my old vinyl record player going while he was at it !!

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