Help w/iMac g4/ new to forum

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by stampylisa, Jan 9, 2010.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Jan 9, 2010
    frozen IL tundra
    Hi, I'm new here to this forum. I have an old (2002) iMac g4 powerpc running tiger.
    First things first, Is there a way I can load Leopard w/o losing my stuff?

    secondly- i am having LOTS of trouble w/my cd drive. It won't read a majority of the discs I try to load, either to iTunes or the digital software I want to load to do scrapbooks/calendars and cards. It gives me a warning that I loaded a blank DVD even though I know it's not blank. it attempts to load onto my friend's MacBook that has Leopard and now Snow Leopard on it, and it loaded just fine onto my work Dell pc. I can't afford a big fix or a new iMac at this time:( so I'm hoping that if my drive is failing, that I can affordably replace it in this machine.

    Is there a guru out there that can help out a newbie?!?

  2. Moderator emeritus


    Dec 10, 2008
    You can do an upgrade installation of Leopard so everything will stay the the same. How about buying an USB DVD drive? That should work and they cost like 20$
  3. macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    Your iMac may be a little slow to run Leopard. There are hacks to get around the minimum requirements.
  4. macrumors 68040


    Sep 17, 2009
    yes leopard will walk (i avoid calling it running) when you hack a bit , but slow and even leopard is not able to fix a broken drive
    and changing the drive is not a big or expensive thing on the iMac lamp

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