installing tiger on a g4 powermac

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  1. telecasterjoey macrumors newbie

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    Hi i'm having trouble booting my power mac g4 with tiger, i have tried many ways all unsuccsessful. I Got a DVD burner/reader for it so i could install tiger, when i click the install icon a message pops up and says: "cannot find translation extension with appropriate translators". I have tried booting from the Dvd but as soon as my screen lights up there is a kernel error it says to re start. what should i do? i have also tried using a fire wire and installing from my macbook but i am unsure how to go about it correctly, i am sorry for the lack of detail i am not very smart when it come to computers, and no matter what i do nothing ever seems to work. any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Joey.
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Which Tiger DVD are you using? Is it grey or black?
     
  3. telecasterjoey thread starter macrumors newbie

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    it is a grey disk. It Says it is for an IMAC will that make a difference?
     
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    The grey discs are model specific.
     
  5. telecasterjoey thread starter macrumors newbie

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    so i'm out of luck? hmm is there anyway to do it without spending the 150$ on tiger?
     
  6. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Apple doesn't sell Tiger anymore. It's not going to be terribly expensive to find a PowerPC installer DVD of Tiger.

    Where did you get the US$150 number?
     
  7. telecasterjoey thread starter macrumors newbie

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    it was a guestimate sorry a little exaggerated. thank you for your help. So i need to find a non model specific version of tiger? that would be the black one?
     
  8. telecasterjoey thread starter macrumors newbie

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    is there anyway around the machine specific disks?. theres no way you can do it anyways?
     
  9. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    It sounds like you're using Intel discs.

    Which architecture are they?
     
  10. telecasterjoey thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i believe you are correct, the disk does not have very much info on it. it reads: iMac
    mac OS X install disk 1.

    Mac OS version 10.4.7
    AHT version 3A111
    disk version 1
    2Z691-5859-A

    Thats pretty much all it says. so im not too sure
     
  11. WardC macrumors 68030

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    You need to use an original boxed Tiger DVD...ie (Tiger 10.4.0) -- Black Disc with a metal-looking "X" on it. Use this disc to install, then run the updates to get you up to 10.4.11. The grey discs, as said above are the system-specific disks which come with different Macs. An intel-mac Tiger system install disk is probably what you are trying to use...one that came with an intel-based Mac. You can't use an intel-Mac grey installer Tiger disk to install on a G4.

    I would try to grab one off eBay on-the-cheap.

    Look here:

    http://computers.search.ebay.com/Ma...trksidZm37QQcatrefZC12QQfromZR40QQsacatZ18793
     
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