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I have an older model iMac G5 that my daughter has been using on week-ends when she comes home from the local college. She said that she was having a lot of problems with Safari quitting, getting weird messages with MS Office and kernel panics. I decided that the best thing to do would be to erase and install Leopard. During the installation process I got a message that Leopard could not install due to a problem with the base system. I then tried to install from the restore discs (which were backups that I had on hand since I couldn't find the originals) and from a Tiger install disc. I got errors each time. Now there was no longer an operating system on the iMac. I took it to the local genius bar. The genius seemed kind of frazzled since he was helping several people, but he seemed sure that it was the hard drive because of the kernel panics and the fact that he couldn't install anything onto the computer from an external firewire drive.
I purchased a new hard drive from Amazon and a friend who is very knowledgeable about these things installed it for me. We still couldn't install an operating system. We then installed it using Target Mode by putting the Tiger DVD on a Powerbook. I then proceeded with Software Update. I had no problems with applications like iTunes and DVD player. However, whenever I tried to upgrade the operating system I got this message "The digital signature for this package is incorrect. The package may have been tampered with or corrupted since being signed by "Apple". I used Disc Utility with the Tiger DVD and it showed no problems.
So, there is obviously something really wrong. I have no idea what it is. Any ideas out there? Should I take the iMac back to the genius bar? I don't want to spend a lot more money on it, since it is just used on week-ends when my daughter is home. Thanks.

It could be any of those things, but likely is the motherboard. Take it in and have Apple look at it.
Let us know what they say, please.

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