Installing Leopard on eMac G4 ATI 800Mhz

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Makaveli6103, Aug 30, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Jan 31, 2009
    Kansas City, MO
    I have read that it is possible to install it on this G4 but my question is that will there be problems with the disc drive. I am buying an external USB 2.0 drive so it can read the DL disk and the eMac is only 1.1. Will there be problems with the drive after installing 10.5?
  2. macrumors 68000


    Jul 25, 2008
    Wichita KS
    Installing Mac OS on a PowerPC with USB is a trick that I've only ever heard about. The best way to do it is to boot the eMac into FireWire target disc mode and connect it to another PowerPC Mac that does support Leopard and use it to install on the eMac's drive.
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 31, 2009
    Kansas City, MO
    Yea that is not possible. I am helping someone with this from a distance. I burned Leopard on a DL disk and mailed it to him but realized his mac only has a CD-Rom. How else can it get installed?
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 26, 2012
    You could mail him a small Leopard HDD and have him clone it to his eMac's drive, if you're out of solutions.
  5. tayloralmond, Sep 1, 2012
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2012

    macrumors 6502

    Mar 26, 2009
    Michigan, USA
    Firewire Target Disk Mode would be the best solution, but since that's not an option, I concur with Ariii about mailing a HDD.
  6. macrumors 68000

    tom vilsack

    Nov 20, 2010
    ladner cdn
    does your friend have a cd version of osx? (panther/tiger?)...if so you could clone your osx leopard dvd to a 16gig usb stick and send it to him....

    then he could simply boot his mac using his cd,open disk utility and make 2 partitions...on second partition he would restore usb stick (yes gonna take 2-3 hrs with it being usb 1.1)...once thats done...he exits disk utility and picks 2nd partition as boot drive...this will be leopard install,and he can then install to first partition...
  7. macrumors 65816

    Orange Furball

    May 18, 2012
    Scranton, PA, USA
    I just went through this with a friend from Oregon. I sent my 10.4 install CDs to him with a PowerMac G4, he lost the CDs (luckily I backed them up) and he tried to install from USB, only to find out it didnt work.
  8. macrumors newbie

    Jul 8, 2014
    Use a FireWire cable. USB doesn't work with all macs when it comes to installing. Can't judge by model alone ether. Some eMacs will and some won't.


    My eternal HD is not showing up as a boot option or in Startup Disk. Can anyone help please?
  9. macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    All Macs with native USB can boot from a USB drive except for the tray loading G3 iMac, B&W G3, and the PCI PowerMac G4.

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