How was it for you Jaguar >> Panther

Discussion in 'Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther) Discussion' started by jrober, Oct 20, 2004.

  1. jrober macrumors regular

    jrober

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    My long suffering non tech wife has the dubious delight of upgrading the iMac G3 600Mhz at home from Jaguar to Panther so we can iChat.

    I will be providing telephone support from here but I wanted to know from those who have done it before what is it like? Is it very easy? Anything I should know before she says "is it supposed to do that!"?

    When I did OS9 to Jaguar it was very simple.
     
  2. tdhurst macrumors 68040

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    Uh...

    If OS9 to Jaguar was simple, then why are you worrying about Jaguar to Panther?
     
  3. jrober thread starter macrumors regular

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    Because as I said it is my non tech wife who will do this with me 1000+ miles away providing phone support.

    What was your experience?
     
  4. mms macrumors 6502a

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    Well first, if you're doing a clean install (which I recommend), you would need to have a way to back up all the data. That, I think, might be one of the tougher parts of the install. I also believe that you would need to deauthorize any iTunes accounts prior to a reformat. The Apple Installer is pretty user-friendly and the reformat/install should go pretty smoothly.
     
  5. emw macrumors G4

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    I did not do a fresh install, and had absolutely no issues with upgrading my PowerBook. You can always do a fresh re-install when you get home.
     
  6. Littleodie914 macrumors 68000

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    Can't say that I've upgraded from Jaguar to Panther myself, as my 'book shipped with Panther. I have heard from friends and read in quite a few articles that the new "Archive & Install" is only recommended if you have no other way to transfer files from your old OS to the new. A clean install is usually recommended, and is what I always perform on this when I clean it out every half a year, as well as my PC, when I clean it out every half a week. :D Good luck with it all though, hope it results in a happy misses back at the clubhouse. (lol those enzyte commercials are too funny...) ;)
     
  7. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    I did the fastest, easiest upgrade I could on my G5 PowerMac, my G4 iMac, and my 400MHz G3 PowerBook. In all cases, it worked flawlessly. No need for a "clean" install.

    If possible, I'd recommend telling her how to back up some of the important files, but of course that's good advice no matter what you're going to do. But I wouldn't worry about it. Odds are very much that she'll have no problems whatsoever.
     
  8. Les Kern macrumors 68040

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    flawless but not orgasmic. OS9 to 10.0 was like ripping your fingernails out with a pair of pliers; fascinating, but less than helpful. Best jump is OS9 to 10.2.8, then to 10.3.X.
    1000 miles away? That's nothing, because "Insert CD, Install" can be done by a monkey post six-pack. No offense to the wife, she's no monkey.
     
  9. Mechcozmo macrumors 603

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    Best description of how easy a Mac is to use I have ever heard. :)
     
  10. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    My experiences were good. My older machine, a PowerMac G3/400 went through an Update installation and had absolutely no problems. My dual G4/800 also had an Update installation and had a slight problem with the firewall thinking another was active. There was a simple fix.
     
  11. jrober thread starter macrumors regular

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    Guys,

    Thanks for the comforting advice, I will be instructing the Monkey sorry Wife to down said six pack, Insert CD and Install.

    John
     
  12. jrober thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hurrah

    Guys & Gals,

    Thursday night instruction given, followed and Wife is very happy with Panther, Painless upgrade no problems.

    John

    Also big bonus six pack remains un opened!
     
  13. King Cobra macrumors 603

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    The transition to Panther from Jaguar for me was easy, but not worth it. The Finder is loaded with like 8 or 9 problems that weren't in Jaguar...and I'm ending it here before I get started again.
     
  14. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    I reformatted and installed when I went from Jaguar to Panther and I had no issues at all. I was expecting some of my older applications to break - the only one that had trouble was Norton Utilities (which THANK GOD I am no longer using - in case you ask, I know it's gone because I got a new Mac since then, and I reformatted when I had my old Mac to make sure it was gone).
     

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