I reformatted iBook G4 - now I cannot reinstall from system restore CDs

Advertisement
I am trying to repair my husband's iBook G4. It would not start up at all, so I mounted it as a Target Disk from my MacBook (2.2 Intel Core Duo, 10.5.6), and saved his important data to an external drive. Then I reformatted the iBook (from my MacBook) and ran Disk Utility on it. It got a clean bill of health. Then I tried to reinstall the OS from the original restore CDs (the 3 gray CDs which came with it.)
It gets as far as the gray Apple screen, then hangs and freezes (the little 'gear' stops spinning). I thought I might be able to install the OS from my MacBook via Target Disk, but whether the disk is in the iBook or the MacBook, it says that 'it cannot install this OS on this computer' - meaning the MacBook. But I don't want to install it on the MacBook! I thought I could install the OS via Firewire, but - apparently not!
Anything I'm missing here? These ARE the original iBook G4 10.3 install disks, and the disk itself seems fine - no weird noises or other indications that it's getting ready to take a dive.
I told him he really needs a newer laptop anyway, and am resigned to replacing it, but I'd like to be able to at least get it going while I look around for another laptop.
Can this iBook be saved? TIA, Alicia
Advertisement

Replay

Thanks so much for your quick response, Limnos.
I see what you're saying about TDM - I didn't know it couldn't see the other computer at that stage.
+You should try starting the G4 itself from the CDs so you can install. Insert the CD in the G4 and start up while holding down the C key so it boots from the CD.+
I did that:
+Then I tried to reinstall the OS from the original restore CDs (the 3 gray CDs which came with it.)+
+It gets as far as the gray Apple screen, then hangs and freezes (the little 'gear' stops spinning).+
That is why I tried to get it going another way. The CD drive is not broken, but G4 will not install the OS when I use the original system restore CDs which came with the G4 (or Disk Warrior, for that matter.) I've tried formatting it and partitioning it with Disk Utility, using both GUID and Apple Partition Map. But it still only gets to the gray Apple screen, and the little gear stops spinning and there it freezes.
But it doesn't seem like a complete brick, as it works well enough to start up, chime, recognize the System Folder in the installation disk or Disk Warrior, and be accessed as a Target Disk, so I didn't think I should give up on it entirely before chucking it.
Anything else I should try on that front?