[G4] G4 gone loco

John Smutko smutt235 at mac.com
Wed Dec 31 08:22:27 PST 2008

Sounds like you're running the G4 headless?  Have you plugged a  
monitor into it directly?

Have you run Disk Utility on the G4 disk while in target disk mode?   
Even if the disk won't mount, you may be able to see/verify/repair or  
just erase it in Disk Utility.

With the SpeedTools driver, did you partition the drive into 128 GB  
chunks?  If you've lost the driver for whatever reason and you have it  
in partitions larger than 128, this behavior *could* result, I  
suppose.  I'm also not sure what the behavior would be in target disk  
mode if the driver is no longer active on the upgraded disk, i.e.  
whether the various machines you're connecting to would see it as  
actual size or just 128 GB....

On Dec 31, 2008, at 10:56 AM, Victor Jackson wrote:

> I have a Power Mac G4 Graphite, 450 DP (Gigabit). Tiger is  
> installed, and I have upgraded the hard drive and use Intech  
> SpeedTools ATA Hi-Capacity Driver software. Recently, I logged into  
> this machine via Apple Remote Desktop from an iMac on my local  
> network. The login screen showed just fine but after I logged in,  
> the screen became unviewable. Like a scrambled tv station. All color  
> and scanlines. I could still open the finder or the apple menu, just  
> from moving my mouse over the area of the screen I knew they were,  
> but couldn't go further than that since I couldn't read anything.
> I decided to reinstall Tiger to see if that would fix the problem.  
> So I booted into target disk mode and plugged the firewire into my  
> macbook, also on my local network. However the macbook doesn't see  
> the disk. I tried connecting the firewire to a ppc mac mini, and it  
> crashed the mini. I plugged it into a PowerBook G4 and it saw the  
> drive, but wouldn't let me do anything with it.
> Anyone have any ideas on either of these problems?
> Thanks,
> Victor
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John Smutko
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Enjoy yourself, it's later than you think

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