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Have g5 os x 10.3 Need os x 10.4 to install needed printer drivers.

DonMurray

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So I have no idea how to upgrade to 10.4 I see I can buy the install disks on eBay for 10.4 but I have no idea of the implications of upgrading to this? Will programs that run on 10.3 run on 10.4 ? Or will it be a hung hassle to get my other programs to work again. ?
I have image print and fix print with a little scanner. This is a color calibration setup that will surely save me time.

I plugged this machine into live ethernet and tried to upgrade and the www.apple.com said it could not make a secure connection. And if I did go this rout and try to upgrade with apple and I did find an apple id that my father used would that even be possible to upgrade that way?


Also, a bit off-topic This WED I took an SSD 256gig HD and That OS X transferred its OS to that SSD drive just like that no hitch! IT BOOTED - YOu do not find that kind of built-in sensibility in the windows PC world! I won't touch a PC if I can not clone it! NO WAY !!! I shake my head at PC users probably the same way Mac users do if they love HD HD cloning as I do.
 

velocityg4

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You have to get an installer DVD (not the grey one).

Most software that works in 10.3 will likely work without issue in 10.4. I can't think of any which wouldn't.

Have you looked at Gutenprint? There may be open source drivers which will work for your printer and in 10.3. As it supports a lot of printers. I don't know the latest version of Gutenprint supported. It looks like 5.2.14. Which is shockingly recent.


I've been using Gutenprint a long time. When it was called GIMP Print. I often prefer their drivers to OEM drivers.
 
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DonMurray

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I have a CD for a Microteck Scannwizard Pro 9800Xl but it says it needs OS x 9 system folder. THat was the same case fot he designjet drivers. This 10.3 seams to be a transitional os ? Is there a way to install older drivers?
So yes Im for sure a newbie I did not even know how to open the DVD !
 
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DonMurray

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So I have grey disks that came with this computer it says 10.3 on it Are you saying these disks will not work to do a clean install? What is their purpose if you can not use them to install the OS? It seems the install is stable and I am thinking I will buy a drop in cpu 10.4 ? ? then maybe the drivers will install. ? IS there a place I can download an OS 10.4 and make an install DVD ? Im thinking of ordering a 10.4 os install. ?


I do not get why the HP website has drivers for every MAC OS from 8 to 9 all the way up to 10.11 but it skips over 10.3 ? That baffles me. what's up ? is 10.3 a bad os version? What I learn by using 10.4 will this help me much to know if I end up buying a brand new Mac? Or find myself with a job using a new mac? THANKS FOR YOUR HELP !
 
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I have a CD for a Microteck Scannwizard Pro 9800Xl but it says it needs OS x 9 system folder. THat was the same case fot he designjet drivers. This 10.3 seams to be a transitional os ? Is there a way to install older drivers?
So yes Im for sure a newbie I did not even know how to open the DVD !

If it requires an OS 9 folder. It may only be for Mac OS 9. 10.3 isn't a transitional OS. There was just still a lot of stuff out there which requires Mac OS 9. So, Mac OS X still had classic mode. For that you'll need to install Mac OS 9. Since you have the restore discs. It's probably one of those discs.

So I have grey disks that came with this computer it says 10.3 on it Are you saying these disks will not work to do a clean install? What is their purpose if you can not use them to install the OS? It seems the install is stable and I am thinking I will buy a drop in cpu 10.4 ? ? then maybe the drivers will install. ? IS there a place I can download an OS 10.4 and make an install DVD ? Im thinking of ordering a 10.4 os install. ?


I do not get why the HP website has drivers for every MAC OS from 8 to 9 all the way up to 10.11 but it skips over 10.3 ? That baffles me. what's up ? is 10.3 a bad os version? What I learn by using 10.4 will this help me much to know if I end up buying a brand new Mac? Or find myself with a job using a new mac? THANKS FOR YOUR HELP !

The ones which came with the computer are fine. It's just the grey discs are machine specific. A 10.4 grey disc may not be compatible with your computer. Really, it has everything in it needed for your computer. They just lock out installing on a model which didn't include the discs. As they were still charging for Mac OS upgrades then. They didn't want someone buying a new Mac then upgrading all their other ones for free.
 
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