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Trying to install Leopard on a Powerbook

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by akhamish, Sep 17, 2009.

  1. macrumors newbie

    I just bought a copy of leopard to install on my old 1.33 Ghz Powerbook G4 but it hasn't been working. My laptop meets all of the system requirements. When I open the installer it prompts me that my computer will restart and then install the new OS, but when the computer reboots nothing happens, no dialog box or installer menu pops up. My internal drive is broken so I've been using an external DVD drive to try the install. I know the OSX install disk is good because it worked on my friend's MBP (it's a family pack so I haven't used up my install). Is it possible that using an external disk drive is what is preventing my install? If so, is there any remedy to this, short of paying to get the internal drive fixed?
  2. Moderator


    Staff Member

    How is the external drive attached? USB or Firewire? If it's USB that's most likely the issue...
  3. macrumors newbie

    It's USB... if this is the problem, is there a way to fix it without repairing the internal ($$$), a drive with a Firewire connection perhaps?
  4. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Yeah, a Firewire external drive (if you have one handy or can borrow one) is probably a good solution.
  5. macrumors 68040


    USB is the problem. You cannot boot off of USB. Only firewire.

    Or the internal drive.

    I have a great combo drive (cd burning/dvd playing) from a Powerbook
    and I have a superdrive (both dvd/cd burners) from a Powerbook that you can have real cheap. Opening up the 15" Powerbook is not that big of a deal.
  6. macrumors 68040

    Eric S.

  7. macrumors newbie

    It's a 13" Powerbook, does that make a difference in terms of opening it up?
  8. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Well, there is no such thing. I assume you mean a 12" Powerbook?
  9. macrumors newbie

    I'm sorry, typo. yes I do mean a 12" powerbook
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    Yes, his/hers does. Those Specs are for Snow Leopard.

    Any PowerPC, or Intel, with speeds higher than 867 MHz can run Leopard.
  13. macrumors 6502a


    Your friend should pay for their copy of Leopard. Family pack means :

    * The Family Pack Software License Agreement allows you to install and use one copy of the Apple software on up to a maximum of five (5) Apple-labeled computers at a time as long as those computers are located in the same household and used by persons who occupy that household. By “household” we mean a person or persons who share the same housing unit such as a home, apartment, mobile home, or condominium, including student members who are primary residents of that household but reside at a separate on-campus location. This license does not extend to business or commercial users.
  14. macrumors newbie

    My friend is my roommate who shares our apartment
  15. macrumors 6502a


    Well thats good then. My bad for "assuming" since most people refer to their roommates as roommates :cool:

    Did you try loading leopard using "sharing" their dvd drive off a network ? Someone had mentioned to try that for me since I had a similar issue to you, since my dvd drive was broken.
  16. macrumors newbie

    Hmmm that sounds interesting, did it work/how'd you do it?
  17. macrumors 65816




    HD>Applications>Utilities Folder>Remote Install OS X.
  18. macrumors newbie

    I was able to install Leopard last night by connecting to a MB through firewire and starting it up in Target Disk Mode. Thanks for all your input!
  19. macrumors newbie

    Replacing internal batter not too difficult on PB 12"

    If you need to replace the internal hard drive, it's not too difficult. There are instructions on-line. I needed to replace my Powerbook 12" hard drive and installed a larger HD. Since the cost of hard drives is fairly reasonable today, it just made sense to try the replacement myself too. I've also upgraded my PB from Tiger to Leopard... apps now run faster with Leopard than they did with Tiger..

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