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    trouble installing Ubuntu (can not get dialog box to install)

    I have an old Mac Graphite G4 and the hard drive finally gave out on me. i installed a new HD and when i went to install Ubuntu i can not seen to get a dialog box all i can get is the mac folder image with a question mac which means it can find the operating system. the disk is not defective i even had gotten a disk from Ubuntu with the nice little stickers. is my system to old or is it something like holding down a series of keys any suggestions. thanks
    Last edited by graphiteg4; April 27th, 2008 at 10:08 PM.

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    Re: trouble installing Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by graphiteg4 View Post
    I have an old Mac Graphite G4 and the hard drive finally gave out on me. i installed a new HD and when i went to install Ubuntu i can not seen to get a dialog box all i can get is the mac folder image with a question mac which means it can find the operating system. the disk is not defective i even had gotten a disk from Ubuntu with the nice little stickers. is my system to old or is it something like holding down a series of keys any suggestions. thanks
    Try holding down the C key with the Ubuntu CD-rom in the drive, it should start booting from the CD at that point.
    Bog-standard iMac G3/500 with CDRW
    1Gb ram, 120Gb HD, just Debian Etch on it
    Various other Macs and i386's with mostly Hardy

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    Re: trouble installing Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by VCF View Post
    Try holding down the C key with the Ubuntu CD-rom in the drive, it should start booting from the CD at that point.
    no i restated and held down the c key and no go is there any thing else

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    Re: trouble installing Ubuntu

    Try holding down the option key on restart, does it show the CD rom there? If no-go then zap the PRAM by holding down the cmd (left open apple key) & option & "p" & "r" keys (you need four fingers for this) and hold down until there is a second chime. Then try holding down the "c" key on restart or hold down the "option" key on restart and see if anything else changes. Does OS X load? if not, maybe the cdrom drive is defective?
    Bog-standard iMac G3/500 with CDRW
    1Gb ram, 120Gb HD, just Debian Etch on it
    Various other Macs and i386's with mostly Hardy

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    Re: trouble installing Ubuntu (can not get dialog box to install)

    Quote Originally Posted by graphiteg4 View Post
    i installed a new HD and when i went to install Ubuntu i can not seen to get a dialog box all i can get is the mac folder image..
    The guys are right - whenever new hardware is changed in a Mac, usually the pram needs to be zapped, and sometimes the pmu/smu needs to be reset.

    Although it may simply be a dust bunny in the cdrom drive got loose.
    20" G5 iMac - AMD64 HP desktop
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