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ok heres the deal we got 3 g4's and each one is not detecting the hard drive two of them we are trying to install linux on and one im trying to install G4 Mac os X yet its the same the hard drives have been changed the cables aswell everything running fine ram is good to what could be wrong with them any ideas

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ummm does any one have any ideas of what could be wrong any ideas would be good because i am completly stumped

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How did you format them? What format did you use?

If you boot from the OS X installer, you can go to Disk Utility and format the drives.

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thanks man its working umm if you ever need help if i can i will help you to man keep in touch

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i did boot from the installer but it wont let me

Sorry, "it" wouldn't let you what?

so we had to take it over to a pc used a 98 disk to get to the format screen blew the drives then pulled the hard drives out and put them back but we still got nada

You cannot install Mac OS X or Linux on a drive formatted for Windows (Fat16/32 or NTFS). Mac OS X will ONLY run on a disk formatted with HFS+. Linux (I believe) runs on Ext3, maybe UDF.

To install OS X, you have to boot from the installer CD and reformat the drives HFS+ with the Disk Utility. If it's not letting you boot from the Installer CD, then you either don't have a generic installer (if you're trying to use an installer from another computer, what you're trying to do is illegal and probably won't work anyway), or you need to install OS 9 and update the BootROM firmware first. What kind of Macs are these?

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Sorry, "it" wouldn't let you what?

You cannot install Mac OS X or Linux on a drive formatted for Windows (Fat16/32 or NTFS). Mac OS X will ONLY run on a disk formatted with HFS+. Linux (I believe) runs on Ext3, maybe UDF.

To install OS X, you have to boot from the installer CD and reformat the drives HFS+ with the Disk Utility. If it's not letting you boot from the Installer CD, then you either don't have a generic installer (if you're trying to use an installer from another computer, what you're trying to do is illegal and probably won't work anyway), or you need to install OS 9 and update the BootROM firmware first. What kind of Macs are these?

i knwo that now umm you came threw man you are awsome thanks again its working now keep in touch ya know

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