10.3.0 on iMac G5????

Discussion in 'Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther) Discussion' started by advres, Feb 17, 2005.

  1. advres Guest


    Oct 3, 2003
    Hey all,

    My room mate bought an iMac G5 1.6 second hand but never got the restore dvd. I bought a 10.3.0 install disk for my old G4 tower and I was wondering if I could just use that to help her out.

    I looked at the specs for that machine on Apples website and it said they came with 10.3.5 installed. I don't know if it would harm a machine to completely wipe it and just install an older version of the OS then was intended for that machine.

    Would anyone know if their was anything specific to later builds that this machine required that I would only find on that restore disk? Would it be ok to just reinstall the OS using my disk and just do the updates up to 10.3.8? Any advice or help would be greatly appreciated.

  2. Laslo Panaflex macrumors 65816

    Laslo Panaflex

    May 1, 2003
    I'm thinking that there might be special drivers in 10.3.5 or later to add support for the imac g5. Personally I would just give it a try, I wouldn't think that it would be a problem, but just don't blame me if it frys your friends imac. :D
  3. pncc macrumors regular

    Jul 23, 2002
    It won't fry it, but it won't install either. if you have a spare FW (FireWire) drive try this:
    Connect the FW drive to the G4, format it and install 10.3.0 on it then update it to 10.3.8 with the universal updater. Boot from it to verify that it will boot the G4 as 10.3.8. DO NOT run software update.

    Get Carbon Copy Cloner and install it on the FireWire drive. Shutdown.
    Connect the FW drive to the iMac and see it boots from it. It it does, use CCC to clone the drive to the iMac then boot the iMac from its drive.
    Run Software Update.
  4. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    Call Apple, they'll probably send a replacement restore DVD for the iMac G5 for something like $19.95
  5. yellow Moderator emeritus


    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR
    Read your EULA for your G4 Panther DVD. I beleive what you are attempting to do is not legal.
  6. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604


    Sep 8, 2002
    The Netherlands

    You can also startup the iMac in FireWire Tarrget Disk Mode. (boot with the letter "T" pressed. The screen should become blue with an orange FireWire logo jumping around).
    Attach the iMac to the G4 via a FireWire cable, and the iMac should mount on the desktop of the G4 just like anyother FireWire drive would.
    Install Mac OS X 10.3.0 (from your CD) on the iMac drive. (you can either do this by booting the G4 from the CD, or opening on the CD <sometimes you need to close and open the CD> : System/Installation/Packages/OSInstall.mpkg and install from there).

    Just make sure you select the iMac's drive ;)

    Then don't forget to run the 10.3.8. updater!

    ... could be that yellow is correct... Don't want to encourage pracy here
  7. KingSleaze macrumors 6502

    Feb 24, 2004
    So. Cal
    Contact the person/organization that she bought it from and request the software restore CD (it's part of the original machine, she bought it, should get it).

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