G3 10GB re-install with ibook os X 10.4 discs?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Rosasmum, Oct 30, 2008.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2008
    Hi there

    I am hoping to help my friend with her 10GB G3. It is full and soooo slow so I was hoping to erase what is currently there and install 10.4 ad use an external hard drive for any storage.

    I have iBook discs for OS X 10.4. Will these work on a G3?

    Thank you
  2. Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    The restore CD/DVD that comes with a machine will only work on a similar machine. So iBook disks only work on iBooks.

    In addition you would be breaking the EULA for OSX. This is casual software piracy.
  3. macrumors member

    Aug 17, 2007
    Yorkshire, UK.
    Well, most of the discs supplied with the hardware are specifically for that system configuration. I am not sure that is going to work.
    Recommendation: Get a stand alone OS X Disc.
    All the best!
  4. macrumors regular


    Oct 17, 2008
    no you cannot. it is specifically for the ibook. i would suggest a purchase from apple.com. new os disk. thats about it. it also matters what type of g3 it is. if it is one of the old one with the CRT screens, they usually arnt able to run anything like 10.4 very well. i would suggest trying to find a 10.3 disk. not the easist, but it will run better
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2008
    Thanks all, not sure about getting the discs, she doesn't have them and I don't think she'll want to spend any money! Might just see how it performs with an external hard drive.

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