How can I install 10.3 Panther on my old G4 Mini

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  1. tempbeta macrumors newbie

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    Sorry for my poor english

    My old Macmini is M9687 G4 1.42G, because of some special usage, I need install panther on it, but the original restore disc is lost.

    The pre-installed version is 10.3.7, so I can't use panther retail disc (the retail version is lower than 10.3.7).

    I try to use pearpc to emulate a powerpc g3 hardware enviroment, install 10.3, upgrade to 10.3.9, then use disk utility to restore pearpc hdd image to external firewire hdd

    At last, I plug the firewire hdd in g4 mini, boot from it, but it gives me a error message: still waiting for root device.

    I searched MacUpdate, found a freeware called Slipy, with Slipy v1.3, I can customize a 10.3.9 install disc, but I can't find any alive download link for it. Anybody who got slipy v1.3, please send a copy to me. thanks !

    Is there any method to install 10.3.9 on my g4 mini ? Thanks !
     
  2. weckart macrumors 68040

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    Search on eBay for the original restore discs. They come up frequently. Alternatively, you could install Panther via Target disk mode with a suitable G4 based Mac as host.

    Slipy only works on Panther, so unless you have Panther installed somewhere else, it won't be much use to you.
     
  3. tempbeta thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for your reply ! I can use PearPC to emulate a Panther system, but I can't find any alive link for slipy, even archive.org :(
     
  4. bunnspecial macrumors 603

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    Is there any particular reason why it must be Panther? Panther and Tiger are similar enough(with some added features in Tiger) that I'd be inclined to think that anything which will run on Panther will also run on Tiger.

    Needless to say, Tiger retail disks are relatively easy to find.

    Alternatively, can you-as suggested above-install Panther from a retail disk via target disk mode, then run the updates(still in Target Disk Mode) to bring it up to 10.3.9?
     
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  6. tempbeta thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks ! That's an Italian website :cool: Google always show me english results.

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    Seems slipy only copies the combo updates pkg to Mac OS X Install DVD/System/Installation/Packages, and adds some relational lines into installation script, the others, such as mach_kernel and kexts still stay old version.



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    I searched ebay, but could't find suitable disc.

    Maybe target disk mode is the best and only solution. :confused:
     

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    Finally, i solved it.

    Use PearPC to emulate a PowerPC G3 hardware enviroment, install 10.3, upgrade to 10.3.9, then use disk utility to restore PearPC disk image to Mac Mini's internal HDD. :D

    Maybe my Akitio firewire external enclosure is not compatible with the G4 Mac Mini. :confused:
     
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