I can not get it to install new OSX
I picked up this powermac from a recycler with no ram - harddrive - or optical drive. The plexi airsheild was missing so i have a piece of reflective material stuck in the hole temporarily to fool the sensor and turn the red LED off. I put a PC IDE cable and drive in to try and install Leopard to 500 gb sata hd that was lating around but when the drives are connected i only boot to the blank white screen and it will just sit there and the fans throttle up after a while. With the drives disconnected I get a bluish screen with the finder / ? box in the center. I booted it via firewire connected to an iMac in target mode and it runs the OS. I have tried different jumper setting on the dvd drive and i was thinking that it may be something with the standard dual head IDE cable that i am using. I have also tried the smu and pram reset and can not get it to boot into open firmware by holding OPT - O -F .Any ideas?
Is this a good question?
I can't see the SATA drive being connected with an IDE cable - could that be the problem?
Or maybe that is why it was discarded- it is 'broken'?