Powerbook G4 repair

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by dfwlee, Oct 6, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Oct 6, 2012
    I've got a Powerbook G4 1.25 ghzModel A1046. My hard drive died and I don't have any software disks since I bought it used several years ago. When I replace the HD, do I have to find disks specific to the exact model ? I've seen conflicting opinions on the different tables I've accessed on the internet. I know what the highest version I can run is, but but do I have to start back at the orriginal version and upgrade?? A definitive answer would be appreciated.:confused:
  2. macrumors 603


    Sep 7, 2006
    Texas, unfortunately.
    You do not have to use machine-specific disks. Any OS X version from 10.2 (I believe, maybe 10.3) up to 10.5 Leopard will install from the retail version disks, regardless of the original OS.

    Hope this helps. :)
  3. macrumors 68020


    Feb 16, 2012
    Though you do get special disks included with the machine you don't have to use them - you can use any generic compatible disk.
  4. macrumors 6502

    Sep 10, 2010
    Just to round out the answers, you do not need to upgrade from the beginning. You can simply install the latest version your Powerbook will support.

    You might want to set up a backup system, using something like Carbon Copy Cloner or Superduper, to protect yourself in future.

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