Hi! I will try to be as detailed as I can about how I got to this disaster.
I have a Powerbook PowerPC G4 Aluminum Laptop that had 10.3.9 as the OS and I think the Hard drive is 60GB Ultra ATA 100.
I feel that I must preface this by saying that although I have had this computer for nearly 3 years, I am a 10000 times more knowledgeable about Windows computers than Mac. Not to mention, I am entirely technologically self taught.
Anywho...I have felt very limited by 10.3.9, impossible to find programs that work on anything before 10.4, so I finally got the nerve to upgrade/reinstall whatever. I downloaded 2 different copies of Tiger and burned each on a DVD from a Windows computer using Power ISO-I think.
Only one copy seemed to work:
I inserted the DVD and changed the Start Up in System Pref. to boot from the DVD
nothing but the contents package with the read before installing, About Tiger, Install OSX, and several other folders opened.
I clicked on Install OSX and it asked to restart again
Same thing after this restart
here is where things get a bit fuzzy
I read that Disk Utility can install an OS so I opened it
the only thing I thought would work was restore
I put the install disk as the source and the HD image as the destination
I think this is where I messed up cuz it was unable to complete the restore but there were some of the things on the HD that were on the DVD and they wouldn't delete.
I restarted again several times and tried both holding the c key after the dong and not holding anything down.
all I keep getting is the mac-face folder with the ? then the white screen with the apple then a black screen with 2 flashing lines across the top that says
"dyld: -sh can't open library: /usr/lib/libncurses.5.4.dylib (No such file or directory, error = 2)
Feb 12 10:xx:xx init: single user shell terminated, restarting"
this keeps flashing and the time keeps changing but it doesn't load anything or restart like it says it is going to.
I have an external hd and was thinking about loading a bootable os onto it and booting my mac from that. Is that possible? I have a Windows computer to use, but no dvd or cd burner on it. Even if I am able to load my old os somehow, my mac only burns cds so I wont be able to burn a new install dvd to try this all over again
I was also wondering, I know that my mac is not an Intel-which is Windows compatible I think, and I am sure it is a PPC-powerpc, duh, my other question for you is this:
is it AMD? What is AMD?