Help installing mac OSX 10.4 on a totally wiped computer

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Jmevo, Feb 15, 2012.

  1. Jmevo macrumors newbie

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  2. jbarley macrumors 68030

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    Download Carbon Copy and install it on the working laptop.
    Connect the 2 systems via the FW cable, and start the destroyed computer in Target disk mode, (power up while pressing the 'T' key)
    Now run Carbon Copy on the good computer and clone the system onto the Hard drive of the destroyed computer.
    Reboot the problem computer and it should boot identical as your Laptop, same users and all settings etc.
     
  3. minifridge1138 macrumors 6502a

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    What will work, but won't be a clean install.

    Do as said about booting the wiped Mac into target disk mode.
    Then put the install CD in the working laptop.
    Boot the laptop.
    Hold option as it boots, then select the install disk.
    That should give you the mac installer.
    Use disk utility to format the drive in the wiped mac (be careful that you don't format the drive in the laptop).
    Then instal OS X into the recently formatted drive.
     
  4. jbarley macrumors 68030

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    The OP did not ask for a solution involving a clean install.
    They mention having a Tiger install disc, I'd be willing to bet it is from another computer, so I suggested a solution that would work.
     
  5. minifridge1138, Feb 16, 2012
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    minifridge1138 macrumors 6502a

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    I was under the impression that the Tiger Install disk was the recovery disk for the laptop.
    In that case, the plist on the disk would detect it was running on a supported laptop and would let him install on any hard drive it could find.
    That would include the hard drive in the target desktop.

    If the install disk is not for the Laptop, then it won't work without modifying the plist (surprisingly easy, it's just java-script).
     

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