Help! Installing 10.5 in Powerbook G4

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  1. macrumors regular

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    Just got a good old classic Titanium Powerbook G4 with a bargain price. :D

    It was installed with 10.4. No recovering DVD was included.

    I tried to upgrade it to 10.5, by using Cabon Copy Cloner to clone the whole harddisk from my White Macbook with 10.5

    Yes, I know I was stupid! As a result, the G4 will power up but always hang at the grey Apple logo screen!

    I've tried to reinstall 10.5 from DVD. But the G4 will not read Double Layer DVD. It was a backup of a retail version of 10.5. My other installation disk are only recovering DVD so it won't install in this G4.

    What can I do now? How can I install 10.5 in this G4?

    Thanks guys.
     
  2. macrumors 6502a

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    10.5 is not officially supported and CCC from an Intel to a PowerPC is not a good idea.

    10.3 is probably your best bet on that hardware, if you can source an install CD.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

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    I know it was a stupid idea to clone 10.5 from an intel to a powerpc ...... !

    Anyone can give me a helping hand?
     
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    USB DVD Drive and install Leopard from that..
     
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    You are going to have to get a retail disc of some kind, Tiger, Leopard.

    I have Tiger and Panther if you need them.
     
  6. macrumors newbie

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    You can create a partition on your hard drive and make a clone copy of your Leopard Retail DVD on that specific partition.
    Then start up your PB G4 while choose the partition as your start up hard drive, you should have no problem to install system.
     
  7. thread starter macrumors regular

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    I've tried to boot up from an external harddisk connected by firewire, but my G4 will not recognise it. Will USB DVD works with G4?
     
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    Do you mean I create a partition by setting my G4 as target drive and them use my white macbook to create a partition in the G4, than make a clone copy of my Leopard retail DVD on that partition?

    How to make a clone copy to that partition?
     
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    Yes, please. Can you give me a copy so that I can save my G4 :)
     
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    Connect it to another Mac via FireWire, press T on the PowerBook on startup to make it appear as an external drive on the newer mac, then on the newer mac the hard drive should appear (as an installation destination), then you can install Leopard on it.
     
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    I've tried this method. A warning message say that I can't install on that hard drive :(

    In details, I unplug my newer macbook's harddisk to avoid overwrite it. Than boot up with a Leopard installation DVD on the macbook. Than start the installation to the G4 via firewire. But once the installation starts, a warning message saying that I can't install on that hard drive.
     
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    You'll need to format the PowerBook's drive (from the Utilities menu find Disk Utility).
    Mac HFS Extended Journaled, also make sure your not using the GUID partition map.
     
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    I have formatted the G4 hard drive Mac HFS Extended Journaled by using my macbook. But don't know what is GUID partition map :confused:
     
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    There are three choices, use the GUID partition map, using the partition map for DOS and using the other one (Which I can't remember it's name) for PPC Macs.

    I think you can see these under the "Options" button in the partition tab.
     
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    Thanks. I will try it later tomorrow.
     
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    You can't install Leopard in target disk mode on the Powerbook G4 from the Macbook. It has nothing to do with partitions. The leopard disk sees the macbook hardware and will install the Intel version of Leopard onto the Powerbook Hard Disk which requires the PPC version.

    A USB DVD Drive will do the trick. I've installed Leopard on a PPC mini from a USB drive before....
     
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    You can't install an Intel Macbooks Leopard software on a G4 PCC Mac. I don't why you were still trying as that was described after the second post. It doesn't matter how you partition your hard drive or how you format it. You will have to buy a Retail DVD of Leopard or Tiger to install the software on your mac. And yes using an external DVD drive via USB will still work to install the software on a PPC mac. You can also find OS cds on ebay specifically tied to the G4 Powerbooks for $20 or less.
     
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    The OP is using the retail disk.

    As for choosing the partition map…it specifically states select GUID for booting on Intel Macs, and the other for booting on PPC Macs, it doesn't matter what architecture the installer is running on.
     
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    Guys, thank you for your help. Here is the latest progress ........

    1. Yes, external USB DVD will do the job. I can start the installation. But ......

    2. A message is stopping me ...... it said "Mac OS X cannot be installed on the computer" ! See attached photo

    3. I did format the partition to GUID partition map

    What can I do now?
     

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    Did that message come up before the installer loads, or after you clicked install?

    I think it might be the fact that the minimum OS that the Macbook accepts is higher than 10.5.0 (your retail version).

    I could be wrong about the host machine, it may need to be PPC. Strange, why include the option.


    Edit: you don't want to be using the GUID partition map on the PowerBook.
     
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    The message came up after the installer loads. After I select what language to be installed.

    Please, what else I can do?
     
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    So you changed the PowerBook's drive to the PPC APM?

    EDIT: If it's after the language then I think it is due to the minimum OS problem.

    The only solution I can think of is using a host computer with a lower minimum OS (like Panther or Tiger) (and still supports Leopard).
    Any of your mates have slightly older Macs?



    You could install it from the PowerBook but would require a hack: EDIT: sorry it requires the PowerBook to have an OS in the first place…

    http://lowendmac.com/osx/leopard/unsupported.html


    You would put the disk into the PowerBook but as you state it won't read the disk, so instead put the disk in the intel mac, and start the intel mac up in target disk mode (So the intel mac shares it's DVD drive with your PowerBook), then do the process from there.
     
  23. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thank you very much for your help. I've got the whole idea now.

    Will borrow a Tiger DVD from a friend and install it first.

    Thanks again.
     
  24. thread starter macrumors regular

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    I've found a more easy way:

    http://forum.insanelymac.com/index.php?showtopic=89640


    For those with 667Mhz PowerBooks (Or possibly other Macs that don't work with LeopardAssist):

    1.) Place the 10.5 Install disk in your drive.
    2.) Restart your Mac (don't use on the installer on the disk)
    3.) After the chime, hold down COMMAND+OPTION+O+F until you see a light gray screen with black text
    4.) let go of the keys and type in the following commands EXACTLY as shown, and hit the RETURN key after each line (you will see an "ok" confirming what you typed was correct):


    dev /cpus/PowerPC,G4@0
    d# 867000000 encode-int " clock-frequency" property
    d# 867000000 encode-int " min-clock-frequency" property
    d# 867000000 encode-int " max-clock-frequency" property
    multi-boot

    Select Leopard Install DVD
     
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    Do you ever think it could be just the copied DVD? Sounds like it could be a bad backup or the source you got it from either downloaded or from a friend DVD, it wasn't copied or burnt right so it causes the errors. Have you tried that Backup DVD on another system that meets the OS's basic system requirements, like on your Macbook?
     

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