Released in 2003, the iBook G4 replaced the iBook G3 as Apple's portable consumer computer.

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Here we go> I have a 2005 g4 12.1 mint condition.The optical drive is mint,the problem is the hard drive not showing up,now when I go to install 10.4 Tiger Nada!,nothing shows in option just both arrows.I just shipped 4 g4's to a buyer.The lot I purchased was very nice, however 1 had a non stop kernal panic issue .Now 2005 model g4 is showing different results when I attemp a reinstall of osx.Is there any secret install key or diagnostic I can run?When I hold down d nothing happens, diagnotic disc nothing.Could the board have some other issue?Option brings up 2 arrows only with no hard drive option or osx.I had a 60gb hard drive in originally removed placed 80gb in showed when I powered down nada.I have a 40 fujitsu ,I will install to run a comparison.This hard drive was tested in a different G4.Any advice on where to go from here.What do you think about this laptop? I should install a hard drive with 10.5 pre loaded>?Or the last resort sell for parts?Alot of ?s Any advice is awesome...Thank you ,Jonathon A

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4h62134dseb 12.1" screen 1.33ghz 512ram 40gb Model A1133 G4 Ibook powerbook6.7.I know I dod not have the right install disk.Person sold me laptop included ibook mac osx install I book with grey Apple disk dated 2001.I have I mac dv model software install complete set.I have powerbook g4 install,restore osx complete set.Power mac g4 software 1-5 osx.My inexpierence is software loading these laptops.

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First lets find out EXACTLY which machine you have, please give us the last three figures of your serial number. Next, disconnect the hard drive and try to boot from your system installation disk. Next tell us what installation disks you have, if they are the gray machine specific disks or retail disks. Do you know for sure that you have the correct system installation disk for this machine?

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The system installation disk you are trying to use are machine specific and will not work on your machine. You can call Apple and give them your serial number and they will send you an original system install disk for your machine for $16 plus shipping and tax. Or you can get a retail system installation disk. Here are the requirements for 10.5 but I would upgrade the RAM to the max before installing: Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard requires:

A Mac computer with an Intel, PowerPC G5, or Power PC G4 (867 MHz or faster) processor

512 MB memory or more

A DVD drive for installation

9 GB of available disk space or more

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Perfect Advice thank you!!!!MAyer is the best!

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