Installing Leopard on eMac G4 ATI 800Mhz

Makaveli6103

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I have read that it is possible to install it on this G4 but my question is that will there be problems with the disc drive. I am buying an external USB 2.0 drive so it can read the DL disk and the eMac is only 1.1. Will there be problems with the drive after installing 10.5?
 

Hrududu

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Installing Mac OS on a PowerPC with USB is a trick that I've only ever heard about. The best way to do it is to boot the eMac into FireWire target disc mode and connect it to another PowerPC Mac that does support Leopard and use it to install on the eMac's drive.
 

Makaveli6103

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Installing Mac OS on a PowerPC with USB is a trick that I've only ever heard about. The best way to do it is to boot the eMac into FireWire target disc mode and connect it to another PowerPC Mac that does support Leopard and use it to install on the eMac's drive.
Yea that is not possible. I am helping someone with this from a distance. I burned Leopard on a DL disk and mailed it to him but realized his mac only has a CD-Rom. How else can it get installed?
 

Ariii

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Yea that is not possible. I am helping someone with this from a distance. I burned Leopard on a DL disk and mailed it to him but realized his mac only has a CD-Rom. How else can it get installed?
You could mail him a small Leopard HDD and have him clone it to his eMac's drive, if you're out of solutions.
 

tayloralmond

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Firewire Target Disk Mode would be the best solution, but since that's not an option, I concur with Ariii about mailing a HDD.
 
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tom vilsack

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does your friend have a cd version of osx? (panther/tiger?)...if so you could clone your osx leopard dvd to a 16gig usb stick and send it to him....

then he could simply boot his mac using his cd,open disk utility and make 2 partitions...on second partition he would restore usb stick (yes gonna take 2-3 hrs with it being usb 1.1)...once thats done...he exits disk utility and picks 2nd partition as boot drive...this will be leopard install,and he can then install to first partition...
 

Orange Furball

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I just went through this with a friend from Oregon. I sent my 10.4 install CDs to him with a PowerMac G4, he lost the CDs (luckily I backed them up) and he tried to install from USB, only to find out it didnt work.
 

Edz2

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I just went through this with a friend from Oregon. I sent my 10.4 install CDs to him with a PowerMac G4, he lost the CDs (luckily I backed them up) and he tried to install from USB, only to find out it didnt work.
Use a FireWire cable. USB doesn't work with all macs when it comes to installing. Can't judge by model alone ether. Some eMacs will and some won't.

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My eternal HD is not showing up as a boot option or in Startup Disk. Can anyone help please?
 

Intell

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Use a FireWire cable. USB doesn't work with all macs when it comes to installing. Can't judge by model alone ether. Some eMacs will and some won't.

My eternal HD is not showing up as a boot option or in Startup Disk. Can anyone help please?
All Macs with native USB can boot from a USB drive except for the tray loading G3 iMac, B&W G3, and the PCI PowerMac G4.