Installing OS X

Discussion in 'macOS' started by earthling0, Jul 27, 2006.

  1. earthling0 macrumors newbie

    Jul 27, 2006
    Glen William - Australia
    Does anyone know or have experience with installing original disk MacBook Pro OS X onto Dual 1.8 PowerPC G5 currently running 10.3.9?

    Cheers, earthling

    the only solution is for aliens to attack:eek: :eek:
  2. iPhil macrumors 68040



    Short answer is No !!

    Long answer is MBP discs is builded for that MBP;
    so youcan't use intel OS X discs on a PPC system :p :p
  3. Shadow macrumors 68000


    Feb 17, 2006
    Keele, United Kingdom
  4. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    yeah the disks that came with your MacBook are only for that machine and are licensed for only that machine really.
  5. quigleybc macrumors 68030


    Jun 17, 2005
    Beautiful Vancouver British Columbia, Canada
  6. SwitchedBack2XP macrumors member

    Jul 28, 2006
    ignore what everyone here said

    it will work just fine, now go install os x 10.4 already

    yes you're supposed to buy another copy, but apple doesn't check for serials or legitamate copies

    if you want to be moral then go buy it, if you want to be a pirate [yarr you know you want to] then the disk from your mac book pro will work 100% with your powermac.
  7. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

    IJ Reilly

    Jul 16, 2002
    Ignore what the previous poster said. (And consider the screen name!)

    Macs do not come with generic OS install discs, they come with restore discs. They are designed to restore the Mac to the state when it shipped, not to upgrade the OS. Further, I don't know if the MacBook Pro OS install is dual binary -- it may be Intel only, in which case it will not work on the G5.
  8. benthewraith macrumors 68040


    May 27, 2006
    Miami, FL
    I do believe that it's universal, though I wouldn't know. I do know however, that Leopard when it debuts is going to be universal, that I'm sure of because they stated it.

    Now can someone explain what exactly is a universal application? Thanks.
  9. projectle macrumors 6502a

    Oct 11, 2005
    The install packages contain a line in /Contents/Resources/???? (can not remember the file name) that specifies MachineID = "<NUMBER>" that corresponds to the model of computer that it is capable of installing onto (like G4 processors only, or Powerbook G4 17" 5,9)

    The install discs come with the restriction stating exactly which model of system it is capable of being installed on down to the hardware revision.

    Sure, one could always copy the install disc to your computer and edit every single *.pkg file so that the MachineID is correct, or you can just go get an actual install disc without the MachineID restriction.

    Or, you could use an external hard disk, copy the install disc to it along with /usr/bin/open and Pacifist (avaliable from

    :mad: Caution, this is a hypothetical situation that I have not tested but it MAY work :mad:

    Then, you should be able to install by doing the following...
    Format your internal hard disk through Disk Utility
    Open Terminal
    /Volumes/External/open /Volumes/External/
    In Pacifist, select the Mac OS X.pkg file and choose install.

    I have no idea whether this will work for installing an entire OS, but I have done simmilar steps in the past to set up dual booting between OS X and Linux (using VolumeWorks on an external hard disk along with /usr/bin/open to allow me to resize my main internal hard disk and in turn leave everything intact).
  10. earthling0 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 27, 2006
    Glen William - Australia
    Many Thanks

    Many thanks - o worthy ones - for your comments.

    perhaps some other ideas?:

    i believe i need to know if the original os x sw is universal.

    i believe i can install (intel os x) on any external hd as long as i partition the hd with the "GUID Partition Scheme."

    pacifist will certainly extract the files - which means i can do a custom install:cool:
  11. SwitchedBack2XP macrumors member

    Jul 28, 2006
    why don't you simply stick the disk in and try it out.

    if it doesn't work, then i'm wrong, and you've wasted all of 2 minutes of your life.

    if i'm right then you'll have wasted the $129 is cost to get a disc, and some serious time.
  12. SwitchedBack2XP macrumors member

    Jul 28, 2006
    would you rahter my screen name be "i take it in the bum with a dimond studded umbrella"

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