Beginners help request for G4

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Rikkitic, Oct 31, 2014.

  1. Rikkitic macrumors newbie

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    I have a fair bit of Windows experience but I am an absolute novice where Apple is concerned. I need to get some software working on a G4 iBook running OSX Tiger 10.4.11. I have no understanding whatsoever of this OS and would be very grateful for a walk-through in baby steps. If this is the wrong place to make such a request, maybe someone could point me in the right direction. What I am trying to do is get Soylatte Java 6 to work on this machine. I have unpacked the software and copied it to the users folder but I cannot seem to get the Export PATH and JAVA_HOME commands to work in Terminal in order to make the system use Java 1.6 instead of 1.5. I have spent a lot of time researching this but that has only served to increase my confusion. It is supposed to be a simple thing to do but I have so little understanding of the way things work that even simple seems to be beyond my grasp. I would really appreciate some help here.
     
  2. gsahli macrumors 6502a

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    Just looked at the project on the web.
    Your Mac uses the PowerPC processor.
    The SoyLatte documents I found say the project is for Intel processor.

    So, It can't work on your Mac.

    If I'm missing something, give me some links, and I can help.
    The links I've seen have file names that include "i386 or x86" - these mean for the Intel processor.
     
  3. MysticCow macrumors 6502a

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    gsahli macrumors 6502a

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    Hey, thanks for that.
    Still won't work (probably, that is). It's for 10.5. Significant changes in Xcode.
    But I'm downloading it to check it out.

    Note - ya, the docs say it doesn't build on 10.4.
    So, no go - unless you want to try 10.5 (I won't, because I want to keep appletalk and Classic).
     
  5. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Uhm, I can understand Classic, but all my 10.5 Macs use Appletalk all the time.

    It's only 10.6 that killed Appletalk. And even then I'm not so sure. I have 10.4 and 10.5 Macs at work that are only sharing via Appletalk and the 10.9 Yosemite Mac Pro connects to them just fine.

    I do have to use one of the Macs as an Appletalk print server for the Mac Pro though. I was using one of the 10.4 Macs for that, but 10.5 has a much better implementation of printer sharing.
     
  6. gsahli, Nov 2, 2014
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    gsahli macrumors 6502a

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    Oh, ya - thanks for that.
    I use Classic for my Newtons (appletalk connection) - should have said that piece. And for a couple of expensive (to replace) or discontinued apps, too.
    And my MDD (10.4) is also a print server for an old reliable Laserwriter 4/600

    (the file sharing that Mavericks can connect to is Apple Filing Protocol - name changed from appletalk filing protocol - it doesn't use appletalk)
     
  7. Rikkitic thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I finally understand that what I was trying to do is not possible. I did not pay sufficient attention to the distinction between powerpc and i386. Thanks for the help anyway.
     
  8. J232022 macrumors member

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    To be honest get a intel based mac or a cheap pc . You will be much happier .
     

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