Update 2008/01/04: I tried again with a bulk (manufactured/pressed, not burned ont a DVD-R/DVD+R) DVD, and it worked fine. In retrospect, it seems likely to be drive deterioration, as I installed several betas from DL DVD+Rs I burned.

This is odd. I have a 1.5GHz 15" PowerBook G4 (3.5 years old), running Leopard, which I want to reinstall. I have tried booting from two different Leopard DVDs I burned (both DVD+R DL, since I can't find any DVD-R DL media) from legit Apple ISOs. It won't boot from either, and often if I insert one of these DVDs while it's running, the DVD drive chugs a bit and spits the DVD out. Sometimes, however, it reads the DVD -- I can run the "Install Mac OS X" app (which just sets the startup disk and reboots), but not boot from disc.

Nothing in the logs.

Hardware Overview:

Model Name: PowerBook G4 15"
Model Identifier: PowerBook5,4
Processor Name: PowerPC G4 (1.1)
Processor Speed: 1.5 GHz
Number Of CPUs: 1
L2 Cache (per CPU): 512 KB
Memory: 1 GB
Bus Speed: 167 MHz
Boot ROM Version: 4.8.6f0
Serial Number: ****

When the disk was mounted, Apple System Profiler showed:


Firmware Revision: DAM5
Interconnect: ATAPI
Burn Support: Yes (Apple Shipping Drive)
Cache: 2048 KB
Reads DVD: Yes
CD-Write: -R, -RW
DVD-Write: -R, -RW, +R, +RW
Write Strategies: CD-TAO, CD-SAO, DVD-DAO
Blank: No
Erasable: No
Overwritable: No
Appendable: No

Disk Utility on an un-bootable DVD