failed attempt at installing leopard

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by peewee12345, May 14, 2009.

  1. peewee12345 macrumors member

    Apr 21, 2009
    My friend who charges me only 35 an hr
    tried to install leopard on my
    g4 1.33 ghz powerPC G4

    All kinds of problems arose

    He finally looked on the net
    and it said issues with RAM in older G4's etc

    I think "base.... something" kept coming up

    we spent a day trying to recover my machine

    Was he at fault for not checking this before he attempted to put leopard on an older ( 5 years approx ) notebook

  2. chriszzz macrumors 6502

    Oct 29, 2008
    As the person doing the work, I would say its his responsibility to ensure that your machine can run the software he is installing.

    If he was aware of this problem and warned you, then its your fault. However, it sounds like he didn't do his research.
  3. Warranty Voider macrumors 6502

    Aug 27, 2008
    Maine, US
    It sounds like your friends fault. Although, if you knew about this problem and didn't warn him than it's your fault. Then again, you didn't succeed what he payed you to do. I would say it's half his fault, and half your fault.
  4. Scottsdale macrumors 601


    Sep 19, 2008
    I am a consultant. I would never imagine charging someone if I started something I couldn't finish (not the same but same concept). If someone is charging you, they either do it to completion or they don't get paid. The person that is charging you is claiming expertise and should know all issues and warn you before starting. I wouldn't pay this person one penny. In the future, I would get a guarantee before beginning on how many hours. Also, a guarantee that if your machine isn't faulty they will not charge for own ignorance and problems which should be known before beginning.

    This is something the IT expert should have known. I cannot imagine charging a friend $35 to help out with their computer work. Maybe I know my friends better or something, but I have helped out with computer stuff for a day and had my friend buy me dinner instead of payment. I cannot imagine charging friends for help. Any of my friends would help me move, which is the worst thing possible, and not expect more than a six pack and pizza for dinner.

    I just don't get this. Then, if I was charging someone, I would never charge them if I made an error and messed something up, or didn't know something I should have, or just plain wasn't capable of doing the work for any reason no fault of the person I was doing the work for. Really this is ridiculous.
  5. madog macrumors 65816


    Nov 25, 2004
    Korova Milkbar
    The BEST way to install Leopard is by making a backup/clone to an external drive and then performing a clean/fresh install and then migrating the old data back on. We charged for the installation of Leopard as problems were fairly common when simply updating to Leopard as they changed so much in the OS from Tiger, and because we did just that: a backup, fresh install and migration.
  6. peewee12345 thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 21, 2009
    What is a "friend"?

    Is there a known issue with installing Leopard on an older laptop- G4?????
    After the attempt to install Leopard- we kept seeing something with some of these letters in it
    "base****" I have forgotten ( unfortunately ) the word . My installer said he had never seen this before!!

    I used the word friend, I should have used another word- perhaps "friendly"?

    But if we were literally "good old pals", "pick-one-another-up-at-300am-@-the-airport-100 miles-away- in-a-rain storm", kind of real friends ( and "real" rare!!) , I ask:
    Isn't it unfriendly of me to impose on my "friend"... not offering money... when he can make money elsewhere? I have to pay.. my "code" kind of implies it. He worked 8 hrs... he got $100.

    I guess it depends on if he is losing OTHER money that same time slot.... and how close our friendship is?

    Anyway, he is an old "acquaintance" or colleague, who works within our community... a lot of us know him and go to him for decades. He wears two hats, he is competent in our shared field as well as computers, of which I know little.

    His price of approx 35 an hour is a favor to me. He charges others more.

    I also said to him
    I appreciate the fact that you
    work for less money for me
    but even though it would take more time.. I give you permission to take the conservative approach to my computer issues. Meaning take your time.... assume nothing... double check etc etc Do it right the first time= conservative approach.

    An interesting way to use the not in fashion word- conservative- where it means an approach that leaves little to chance, and costs me more money.

    Thanks for heart felt replies

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