PowerMac G4 and Leopard

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by igw, Apr 18, 2008.

  1. igw
    macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2007
    I have a PowerMac G4 that does not have a dvd reader and I need to install leopard. Can I connect my intel imac via firewire and install leopard on the G4 using target mode. If so, what are the step in doing this.

  2. macrumors 6502

    Jun 20, 2007
    You can install via Target mode.

    Hold down the T key on the keyboard while booting the PowerMac G4 then connect a firewire cable computer to computer.

    Note that using Leopard with little RAM and a weak video card is a painful experience.

  3. macrumors 68000


    Feb 24, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia & Bay Area
    I believe that target mode can not be used to share CD/DVD drives.
  4. igw
    thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2007
    Well if it is really slow and possibly not functional. What advice is there for a Power PC G4 to get upgraded without a dvd reader. It was running 10.3 then i used the box restore cds but didn't realize they were 10.2. So things are not going well.
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Lord Zedd

    Oct 24, 2007
    Denver, Colorado
    Target mode makes the G4 appear as a normal external firewire drive.
  6. macrumors demi-god


    Aug 17, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    How fast is your G4? I am playing with an 867MHz QuickSilver at work and I believe that is the minimum speed Leopard will install on from the DVD (though you can hack the installer to work on slower machines).

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