Buying OSX 10.3 for my G4 PowerMac AGP 400mhz

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Pook-G4-Newbie, Aug 18, 2009.

  1. Pook-G4-Newbie macrumors newbie

    Aug 18, 2009
    I have been given a PowerMac G4 AGP 400Mhz with 10 and 20 gig HD and 768 MB ram. It currently has OS9.2.2 and I want to put 10.3 on it.

    I found a good deal on a full retail on ebay but on the page the seller wrote this:
    "If you have a G4 Mac mini and are looking to restore your original software, this is the item for you. No other software is going to install on this computer, not even the Apple retail box CDs. We have the exact item you need. As a bonus, get the most stable and fastest iLife yet (especially suited to G4s), along with Quicken & AppleWorks too! Compatible with any G4 Mac mini. Requires 128 MB of RAM & internal or external DVD, Combo or Super Drive to install. "

    Another buyer asked this question:
    "Hi there! The OS X in this item is Mini, but the rest of the software programs (such as AppleWorks, iLife & Quicken) will load on ANY computer. For your Cube, I recommend item # 190298912266, 190298923750 or 190125157366. Or you can get item # 190298844282 if you don't need a printed license & manual. Any of those 4 recommended items will install on your computer (and just about ANY other computer). Once you have bought it, you can request that this item (the one you asked the question on) be added to your order for an additional $9.99. So for a very reasonable price you can have all of the items from this auction install onto your computer :) If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to ask using eBay's messaging system or CALL us."

    This all lead me to believe that this OSX will not work on my G4.
    But all of my other research tells me that it will work. I don't think that they mad a special osx 10.3 for mac mini's only.

    I just need to know if I purchase this, will it work?
  2. Amdahl macrumors 65816

    Jul 28, 2004
    They aren't selling a Retail version; they are selling the system restores discs that came with a G4 Mac Mini. It won't work with your Mac.
  3. MacTech68, Aug 18, 2009
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2011

    MacTech68 macrumors 68020


    Mar 16, 2008
    Australia, Perth

    I concur with Amdahl. Discs that are labeled "for iMac" or "Mac Mini" or "for PowerBook G4" or "iBook" etc have a small script in the install that checks the model of your machine. If it doesn't match, it refuses to install.

    Even if you got a set that said "for PowerMac G4", it might be for a different or later model and won't install. (You can edit the script to include all models but it's a slightly complicated process and is no guarantee of a successful build).

    As you can see from this chart, the first towers to ship with 10.3 were G5s.

    You really need the "Retail" version of 10.3 to be safe and many torrents are not retail versions and I can't condone the use of torrents anyhow. :(

    Cheapest I can see on eBay is item 320396241332.

    There is a 10.3.2 Retail (disc numbers unknown) and...
    a 10.3.5 retail 691-5133, 691-5134 & 691-4587 + X-Code CD.

    The disc numbers may be prefixed with a country code or "Z" for international.
    Hope that helps.
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  4. Pook-G4-Newbie thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 18, 2009
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