can you install leopard on a g4 power pc mac?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by jimbean, Aug 12, 2008.

  1. jimbean macrumors newbie

    Aug 12, 2008
    can you install Leopard on a G4 power pc processor.
    useing the install disks that come with the new intel macs or will it give you and error message and if so how can you find a power pc version of leopard?
    thank you to all that can help.
  2. TEG macrumors 604


    Jan 21, 2002
    Langley, Washington

    If the G4 is 867 MHz. or faster you can install Leopard directly. It is unknown if the discs that come with systems can be used, but likely you can't since they will check to see if they are on the appropriate hardware. It is also possible that they will only Intel specific drivers and binaries.

    I would suggest buying Leopard if you want to do it (all DVDs sold will run on Intel and PPC Macs).

    If your system if below 867Mhz. you will have to install via Firewire Target Disc Mode, but likely only from another PPC (likely G4) Mac, as other wise the correct drivers may not be loaded if installed from a G5 or Intel Mac.

  3. Duff-Man macrumors 68030


    Dec 26, 2002
    Albuquerque, NM
    Duff-Man says....and as has been said countless times in countless threads - even if the restore disc from the Intel Mac did work, installing it on another computer is a violation of the license agreement....oh yeah!
  4. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    To reiterate the Duff-Man: New Macs don't come with install disks. They come with System Restore disks. You cannot install the OS from one model Mac on a different model Mac.
  5. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    ^ that guy speaks the truth. not only will you violate the license agreement and such, that system restore disc contains drivers for that particular mac, say keyboard, mouse, GPU, CPU, NPU, display, etc. Every mac is different, however slightly.
  6. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030


    May 18, 2004
    the retail version will work as long as you meet the processor speed requirement. It's available for sale at any apple store, the online store and resellers all over the place
  7. gonyr macrumors 6502

    Jul 9, 2006
    Niagara County, NY
    You can definitely install onto a PPC G4. The 867 mhz limit is for a supported installation. There are ways to get around this and install on slower machines:

    Disclaimer: I have not tried this.

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