G5 Help and software update help

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by sbone, Sep 21, 2010.

  1. sbone macrumors newbie

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    I recently purchased a 2nd hand g5 from a friend. When he bought it around it was not formated. The software update i have is 10.5.8, I have purchased a copy of snow leopard (box set with ilife and iwork on it too), Now i tried installing snow leopard and it wouldnt let me "My mac is not intel based" i tried the other installing via the other options, i need to have 10.6 or greater.

    my question is how do i get 10.6 on mac or how do i reformat the g5, its driving me crazy...

    regards
     
  2. John T macrumors 68020

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    Sounds like you have an earlier G5 with the pre Intel chip (manufactured, if I remember rightly by IBM). Unfortunately, these machines will not run the Leopard OS. OS 10.4 is the latest that is compatible.
     
  3. bizzle macrumors 6502a

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    Wrong. G5's can run up to 10.5.8. He even said it's already running 10.5.8.
     
  4. spinnerlys Guest

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    The G3/4/5 are CPUs using the PowerPC architecture and are made by IBM. Macs used PPC CPUs until 2006, when Apple changed to the x86 architecture using Intel CPUs.

    A G5 and even a G4 Mac can run Mac OS X up to version Mac OS X 10.5.8, only Snow Leopard will not run on any PPC Mac, as Snow Leopard (Mac OS X 10.6) got rid of the PPC code.

    Names of Mac OS X releases:
    • Mac OS X Public Beta: "Kodiak"
    • Mac OS X Version 10.0: "Cheetah"
    • Mac OS X Version 10.1: "Puma"
    • Mac OS X Version 10.2: "Jaguar"
    • Mac OS X Version 10.3: "Panther"
    • Mac OS X Version 10.4: "Tiger"
    • Mac OS X Version 10.5: "Leopard"
    • Mac OS X Version 10.6: "Snow Leopard"

    Thus again, OP, you can't run Mac OS X 10.6 on any Mac using a G3/4/5 CPU. It is even hinted at on the Mac OS X page by Apple, as they wrote there:

     
  5. maflynn Moderator

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    As spinnerlys stated. Being that you own a G5 (non-intel) Mac. You cannot install 10.6 - Snow Leopard because apple dropped support for the PPC architecture in 10.6. You can only go as high as 10.5 which is Leopard.
     

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