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Old Feb 2, 2013, 04:14 PM   #1
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PPC in Lion (and 10.8, kinda)

i found this on tonymacx86, someone modded a quicksilver case and discovered this!
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I was experimenting with the SMBIOS values while installing Lion and discovered an interesting quirk in Mac OS X that was actually super fun for me. I'm using MacPro5,1 as my system definition, installed from MultiBeast. I thought it would be nice to feed the original Power Mac G4's serial number to the system, just because, and manually entered it into SMBIOS.plist. To my surprise, after doing this, selecting About This Mac/More Info from the Apple menu yields the following screen:


I was amazed by several things with this. First, that Lion apparently bases this screen on the serial number rather than the model identifier, and second that Lion is even capable of decoding the serial number of a 10-year-old PowerPC G4 machine that can't run anything higher than Leopard. Third, that the high-res graphics for the G4 Macs are still included in the OS. Opening System Profiler still identifies it as a MacPro5,1, but I thought this was a neat quirk and a perfect finishing touch for the project. Also, I've never seen this documented anywhere else, and it could be useful for others modding older cases. That's it for today!
strange huh?
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http://www.tonymacx86.com/powermac-g...-mac-i7-3.html

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I did a clean installation of Mountain Lion the weekend it launched. I didn't run into any unexpected issues and it seems faster than Lion, although my serial number/model hack no longer works as I can't get the OS to read the serial number from smbios.plist after installing the AppleACPIPlatform rollback needed for the Asus X58 boards. I had the same issue using this fix under 10.7.4... it just identifies as generic Mac Pro and lists the serial number as "System Serial Number." It's purely cosmetic, so I've tabled it for now.
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Old Feb 2, 2013, 04:16 PM   #2
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What strikes me as most unexpected are the fancy pants graphics for ancient models. I wonder what happens if you put in a serial number for something REALLY old.
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Old Feb 2, 2013, 04:47 PM   #3
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Wow, that is awesome. Keep trying new things! PowerBook G4, iBook G3, ahhh!
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Old Feb 3, 2013, 12:41 PM   #4
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Those high resolution graphics are there for any system that can run Leopard. It's because of how Leopard and newer do file sharing. The other Mac shows you a picture of the file server Mac. In this case, Lion is showing the Quicksilver graphic that would normally only be seen when connected to a Quicksilver running Leopard sharing a folder/drive.
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Old Feb 4, 2013, 08:36 AM   #5
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Heck, I'm just impressed that Lion is running on a PowerPC. I may have to experiment more.
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Old Feb 4, 2013, 08:41 AM   #6
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Heck, I'm just impressed that Lion is running on a PowerPC. I may have to experiment more.
It's not, it's a hackintosh.
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Old Feb 4, 2013, 09:44 AM   #7
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It's not, it's a hackintosh.
Not impressed any more.
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Old Feb 4, 2013, 09:50 AM   #8
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Wishful thinking

I will say it again.. Snow Leopard could have been the last OS to run on PowerPC Macs, at least requiring a high end G4(MDD dual 1.42/1.25), G5 series. The G5 Quad and dual core models could have made great use of Grand Central Dispatch.

As far as Lion is concerned? I don't even consider that a true OS since its got itoys apps and layout intertwined. Yes, Snow Leopard should have been the last true Mac OS X to run on PowerPC hardware.


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Old Feb 4, 2013, 08:55 PM   #9
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I love the high-resolution images of their older machines that they have included in the system!
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I love the high-resolution images of their older machines that they have included in the system!
Do you know where they are located?
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Do you know where they are located?
They're within this directory: /System/Library/CoreServices/CoreTypes.bundle/Contents
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They're within this directory: /System/Library/CoreServices/CoreTypes.bundle/Contents
It looks like AQUADock's theme for Leopard modifies them.
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10.8 is a little different...
http://www.tonymacx86.com/customizat...ac-10-8-a.html
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It looks like AQUADock's theme for Leopard modifies them.
Yep, i was too lazy to change the small size individual graphics in the icon files (so they would appear gray when put in the sidebar) so all the the laptop images are the same.
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They're within this directory: /System/Library/CoreServices/CoreTypes.bundle/Contents
This is awesome!!! Now I get to do even more stuff with customization!
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I will say it again.. Snow Leopard could have been the last OS to run on PowerPC Macs, at least requiring a high end G4(MDD dual 1.42/1.25), G5 series. The G5 Quad and dual core models could have made great use of Grand Central Dispatch.

As far as Lion is concerned? I don't even consider that a true OS since its got itoys apps and layout intertwined. Yes, Snow Leopard should have been the last true Mac OS X to run on PowerPC hardware.
It will be soon... lubuntu (where my emulator) corrupted a partition.
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It will be soon... lubuntu (where my emulator) corrupted a partition.
Isn't that good timing.
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