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Weird OS X reinstall problem

wasted pixelswasted pixels Registered User regular
edited October 2008 in Help / Advice Forum
I'm getting ready to retire my iBook G4, and before I help it find a good home, I obviously want to remove any trace of my legit Adobe serial numbers, numerous personal files, and assorted porn (:winky:). I spent the afternoon copying all of my valuable data over to a USB hard drive, and I'm ready to reinstall OS X. Per advice elsewhere online, I removed the after-market RAM module before I started (leaving the iBook in bone-stock condition). There's nothing plugged into the unit except the power supply.

I booted to OS X normally, inserted the original OS X 10.4 install disc that came with the laptop, double-clicked "Install Mac OS X and Bundled Software", clicked the "Restart" button provided, entered my password, aaaand... kernel panic? The system reboots, the "question mark" icon pops up as if there are missing system files (there definitely aren't, the laptop boots 100% normally without the install disc inserted), and then the following kernel panic:
panic(cpu 0 caller 0x002E0388): Unable to find driver for this platform: "PowerBook6,7".

[backtrace omitted] 

Kernel version:
Darwin Kernel Version 8.4.0: Tue Jan 3 18:22:10 PST 2006; root:xnu-792.6.56.obj~1/RELEASE_PPC
panic: We are hanging here...

...what am I doing wrong, here? I'm 100% sure there aren't any missing or damaged system files. What else could I try? If there's a problem with my restore discs, would uninstalling my apps, adding a fresh user account, removing my account, and writing over the blank hard drive space do the job for "due diligence" as far as protecting my serial numbers and personal data?

BTW, I got a message from Obs that equated installing OS X on a PC with car theft, murder and rape. Is he normally like that?
wasted pixels on
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