Leopard doesn't run on PPC mac mini!!!

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by FabioCandeias, May 11, 2012.

  1. FabioCandeias macrumors newbie

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    Hello guys! I need help from you, experts!

    I'm trying to bring my old PPC mac mini back to work. To do this, I’ve installed Leopard via target file mode from my intel macbok, using the retail dvd (the mac mini’s dvd drive doesn’t work anymore), and partitioning the hd in GUID mode to allow the installation.

    When the installation finished, I turned on the mac mini and all I have is the “lost hd” icon on the screen. However, I can boot it in target file mode, through my macbook.

    Does anyone have any idea how I can solve the problem? Thanks a lot!!!
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    You have to choose "Apple Partition Map" for PPC Macs:
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    If you use Target Disk Mode with the MacBook, you can use the MB's optical disk drive (ODD) as installation drive.
     
  3. FabioCandeias thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks Man! i'll try this and post the news soon.
     
  4. FabioCandeias thread starter macrumors newbie

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    well, it doesn't work... the installer says that i have to repartition this disk in GUID mode... the installation isn't allowed!
     
  5. simsaladimbamba

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    Are you sure it is a Retail DVD and not a grey Restore DVD? And what Mac is running in Target Disk Mode?
     
  6. FabioCandeias thread starter macrumors newbie

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    yes, its a grey dvd, that says "for mac computers". the mac mini is in target mode, plugged in the macbook.
     
  7. simsaladimbamba

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    The grey DVD is a Restore DVD and is only meant for the Mac it came with. And since Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard was released in 2007, there weren't any PPC Macs sold anymore.
    In other words, that grey DVD will not work with the PPC Mac mini.
     
  8. FabioCandeias thread starter macrumors newbie

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    ok! i have the retail leopard files and i'm gonna make a bootable flash drive to try again. i'll notice you! tks!
     
  9. simsaladimbamba

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    It might get complicated to do so, as PPC Macs can't boot that easily from USB flash memory thumb drives, but it is worth a try. Otherwise you could burn a DVD.
     
  10. minifridge1138 macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry to thread-jack, but it's related.

    I don't think you can use an Intel mac to install OS X for a Power PC, but I've seen a few people say that you can.

    Either they're wrong or I didn't do it right.

    I tried using a MacBook to install 10.5 for my PowerMac.
    I boot the MacBook using a retail 10.5 disc (yes I know the difference).
    I connect the hard drive to the MacBook using a SATA to USB converter.
    It sees my hard drive and lets me format it as Apple Partition Map.
    But it won't let me install the OS on the drive. It tells me that drive is not formatted correctly.
    I can format it as GUID and install OSX, but then the PowerMac can't boot from it.

    Is there something I'm doing wrong?


    Also, if the Mac Mini's DVD drive is dead, then burning a DVD won't help.
     
  11. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    You have to use something like Carbon Copy Cloner.

    1) Make a clean Intel installation (yes, Intel)
    2) Put the PowerMac in target mode
    3) Format the disk for PowerPCs, and then on your MacBook, use Carbon Copy Cloner to stick the cloned disk back into the PowerPC disk (It'll keep the partition tables intact, it's just copying the system data that's needed).
    4) If it won't boot, go into Open Firmware and reset the NVRAM:

    You need the FireWire 800/800 9-Pin to 9-Pin cable btw.
     
  12. 666sheep macrumors 68040

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    This ;)

    Right way (retail disc only):

    - boot Macbook in target mode, with 10.5 disc inside
    - boot PM with alt (option) pressed and select 10.5 disc from BootX icons
    - format PM HDD and install OS
     
  13. minifridge1138 macrumors 6502a

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    Ah... that makes more sense.

    And that's 2 different ways of using an Intel mac to get a working PowerPC hdd.

    Thanks everyone.
     
  14. FabioCandeias thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well guys...
    I've tried everything. Absolute everything. Including Jessica's suggestion. I think it's time to give it up and come back to Tiger!:(
    But i'd like to thank everybody who tried to help!!!
    brazilian hugs! ABRAÇO!!!
     
  15. 666sheep macrumors 68040

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    Don't give up so fast.
    You can always convert your grey DVD into retail and instal in TDM normally.
    Can't say how to do it due to forum rules, just google it
    ...or buy retail copy ;)
     
  16. FabioCandeias thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Sheep, i've downloaded and burned a new retail DVD... the last chance is install the system through the mini, with the cd on macbook in target mode - i did the inverse (mac mini in target mode), but i think it is the same thing, huh? tks!
     
  17. 666sheep macrumors 68040

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    It isn't. Installer still will see Intel CPU instead of G4 and will force you to GUID partition.
    See post #12, do that same and it will work.
     
  18. FabioCandeias thread starter macrumors newbie

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    You renewed my hopes! As Frank Sinatra, let me try again. Tks!
     
  19. FabioCandeias thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Solved!!!!

    It's aliiiiiive!!!!
    How we say in Brazil, vocês são os caras! YOU ARE THE GUYS!!!
    Thanks a lot everyone!
     
  20. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    Whooohoooo, congrats! :D
     

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