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G4 refuses to boot from Pioneer DVR-109
Posted by: JJ_TKOB
Date: January 05, 2006 03:49PM
I have had the drive for quite awhile and it works fine.

I was going to do an archive and intsall for an unrelated reason, but the machine refuses to boot from the 109. I am using the orginal Tiger Family Pack DVD.

Anyone know why?

John

ATA Bus:

PIONEER DVD-RW DVR-109:

Model: PIONEER DVD-RW DVR-109
Revision: 1.57
Detachable Drive: No
Protocol: ATAPI
Unit Number: 0
Socket Type: Internal

PIONEER DVD-RW DVR-109:

Firmware Revision: 1.57
Interconnect: ATAPI
Burn Support: Yes (Apple Shipped/Supported)
Cache: 2000 KB
Reads DVD: Yes
CD-Write: -R, -RW
DVD-Write: -R, -RW, +R, +RW, +R DL
Burn Underrun Protection CD: Yes
Burn Underrun Protection DVD: Yes
Write Strategies: CD-TAO, CD-SAO, CD-Raw, DVD-DAO
Media: No



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Re: G4 refuses to boot from Pioneer DVR-109
Posted by: rexrzer
Date: January 05, 2006 04:43PM
Have you ever booted from it successfully? With another system installer CD/DVD ROM, DiskWarrior, etc? Which G4 are you using? Did you set the drive's jumpers to Slave, or Cable Select when you installed it?

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Re: G4 refuses to boot from Pioneer DVR-109
Posted by: JJ_TKOB
Date: January 05, 2006 04:49PM
I don't think I ever tried to boot from it. I know the OS X Tiger disk works; verified on my G4 iBook.

Gigabit ethernet DP 450 which I recently put a single 1.2 Sonnet upgrade in.

I probably set the drive to Master as it is on its own bus with no other drive attached. I will verify that though. Do you think that could cause it not to be bootable?

Thanks,

John




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Re: G4 refuses to boot from Pioneer DVR-109
Posted by: rexrzer
Date: January 05, 2006 05:22PM
JJ_TKOB Wrote:
-------------------------------------------------------
> I don't think I ever tried to boot from it. I
> know the OS X Tiger disk works; verified on my G4
> iBook.
>
> Gigabit ethernet DP 450 which I recently put a
> single 1.2 Sonnet upgrade in.
>
> I probably set the drive to Master as it is on its
> own bus with no other drive attached. I will
> verify that though. Do you think that could cause
> it not to be bootable?
>
> Thanks,
>
> John

The jumper setting is critical re being able to boot from the optical drive. If you have it set for Master that's correct. In my Digital Audio G4/1.8GHz DP (Giga Designs), I set the DVR-109 to Master and it boots fine. So yours should boot if it's set for Master, ie a jumper on pins #1 (covering both pins).

Check out this install guide from XLR8YOURMAC.com, as it says to set the optical drive as Master in G4s:

[www.xlr8yourmac.com]

Good luck, and hope this helped.

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Re: G4 refuses to boot from Pioneer DVR-109
Posted by: JJ_TKOB
Date: January 05, 2006 05:45PM
Verified the drive is set to Master.

So if that isn't it, what else could it be? The drive also ejects when I reboot the computer. That isn't normal. I will Google that symptom, but could they be related?

Thanks for your help rexrzer!





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Re: G4 refuses to boot from Pioneer DVR-109
Posted by: JJ_TKOB
Date: January 05, 2006 05:57PM
OK, so the drive ejecting can be caused by the mouse or keyboard. Seems that since holding the mouse button down during startup ejects a CD, some mice cause this reaction every-time you reboot. I will narrow that down...





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Re: G4 refuses to boot from Pioneer DVR-109
Posted by: JJ_TKOB
Date: January 05, 2006 06:12PM
Got it!

The mouse was causing the drive tray to eject during reboot. This also interfered with booting from the 109.

Rebooted and disconnected mouse. Held down C key during boot up in order to boot from the 109. Interestingly, the usual Tiger screen did not appear...

Instead a picture of a mouse appeared that indicated I needed to plug a mouse in. Once I plugged the mouse back in, the familiar Tiger "select your language" install screen appeared.

Thanks again rexrzer.

John







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Re: G4 refuses to boot from Pioneer DVR-109
Posted by: rexrzer
Date: January 05, 2006 07:30PM
You're welcome, of course. smiling smiley I'm glad you figured it out...it had to be some peripheral issue like a keyboard, hub, or mouse. Good troubleshooting by you.

Sorry I had to leave you hanging for a couple of hours...work, work, work.

Now you're all set.

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