OS X - (/) symbol replacing Apple at boot

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I can't find any reference to this anywhere, but... maybe I don't know where to look.

So... I'm trying to install OS X (Panther) on a Blue & White. I've replaced the stock 8GB-ish HD with a 60GB Western Digital. So... after partitioning the disk and rebooting (for some reason the machine didn't like the partitions I made with the Disk Utility as install targets until after a reboot) I run through the first part of the install. All seems to go well, installer reboots.

As it's coming up again, it sits on the grey Apple logo for a while. A long while. Then, suddenly, the grey Apple is replaced by a grey "Do Not Enter!" symbol, and everything froze.

Anyone have any clue what the heck is up with that? I do have to credit Apple for doing their normal fine job of providing troubleshooting information. :^b

--Peace

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Eh, never mind. Sorta.

I switched to a different hard disk and the problem went away. So that's that.

The nasty comment about Apple and troubleshooting information stands, however. ;^b

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Hold down Apple-V when you st

Hold down Apple-V when you start up. This will enable verbose mode and you will get all of the lovely UNIX type start up stuff. Also apple has a support article on trouble shooting that problem.

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I tried cmd-V...

And didn't get any joy out of it. Verbose mode doesn't seem to "kick in" until the phase of boot where, in normal mode, you get the spinning ring-o-lines thing at the bottom of the screen. It was never getting that far.

I did try *looking* on Apple's site for a support article regarding this, but couldn't find anything. I'm usually a pretty proficient Googler, so it must be well-hidden. Again, the real problem is knowing what the heck to look for. Who the blazes thought a symbol was a useful error indication? At least Microsoft gives you a blooming (and easily searchable) error code when it bluescreens. :^b

Anyway. The machine did work fine with other disks, so... I finally have my first non-iMac Powermac. (Not counting the G4 Powerbooks I scream at all day at work, of course.) Whoo. Of course, I was probably insane to pay three pictures of Andrew Jackson for it, (400Mhz G3/Rev B. M/B, 544MB, 8.4GB stock hard drive) but... that's that. At least its disk controller kicks the snot out of the iMac's. Amazing the difference DMA makes.

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Same here

I bought a cheep beige G3 a few weeks ago. I tested it as-was with no problems. Managed to install Server 1.2 on it ok.

Last week I upgraded my B&W with a G4 processor and Radeon 9100 video, so I decided to put the B&Ws old G3 400 and Rage128 in the beige. (I was told that Jaguar doesn't support the beige onboard video). I changed the jumpers for 66 MHZ bus and 400 MHZ CPU. I put the 6 GB hard drive which was my in the B&W a year ago. And when I start the box, I get that same "do not enter" sign!

This surprises me, mostly because these components ass tested fine on the B&W, so I expected it to work. Tried the cuda switch also. I suppose this was too many changes for one go, should have done one at a time. When I try starting with the Rage128 card connected, the monitor starts, but then switches off again. With the built-in video and trying to start from CD, it spins the CD but then flashes a floppy with a question mark on it.

Tomorrow I'll try a different hard drive!