10.4.6 Has killed my machine TWICE

Twice I have tried to install 10.4.6 on my 533 MHz G4 and both times I have been locked in never ending start up. In fact, the first time I tried to install this update I think it somehow killed my system drive. I have since switched to a new hard drive and once again it has been killed. After both installs my 10.4 install disk has encountered "errors while installing" even when told to do a clean install and forced me to try again.
I am now looking at a boot screen that has been "booting" for about 2 hours while writing this from my laptop.
PowerMac G4   Mac OS X (10.4.6)   533 Mhz, 768 MB

Hi, J.C.
1. I suggest you begin troubleshooting using the process specified in my "Resolving Disk, Permission, and Cache Corruption" FAQ. Perform the steps therein in the order specified.
2. To rule out hardware-related problems, see my "Apple Hardware Test" FAQ for comprehensive advice on using the Apple Hardware Test in troubleshooting, including running the test in Loop Mode.
3. Before installing software updates, you may wish to consider the advice in my "Installing Software Updates" FAQ. Taking the steps therein before installing an update often helps avert problems.
Good luck!
Dr. Smoke
Author: Troubleshooting Mac® OS X
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