Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger DVD to CD

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by MicrosoftApple, Jul 19, 2014.

  1. MicrosoftApple macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2014
    So I have an iMac G3 that is running Mac OS 9.1
    So I want to update it to 10.4 Tiger but a problem is that the Tiger install disk is actually a DVD and my iMac G3 whereas has a CD Drive
    So here is the options I currently have
    I have 4 blank CD's lying around so if I try to copy the DVD files to CD will it work? Is it possible too???
    And I also have an External USB DVD Drive that I want to hook up with the G3 but not sure if it'll work so this is just a question
    Please I want fast answers cuz this is really serious
  2. dwfaust macrumors 601


    Jul 3, 2011
    I am here => [•]
    Use the external DVD drive that you have. It should work fabulously.
  3. DeltaMac macrumors G3


    Jul 30, 2003
    I don't think I would use the word "famously" - more like "infamously" :D

    If you can get your iMac to see a bootable on the USB bus, and boot to the installer, you will be using USB 1.1 - so _really_ slow install, maybe more than a couple of hours.
    You may find it doesn't boot, and you will need the open firmware commands that allows booting to the USB bus on a G3.
    Finally, if you prefer to have it install a little faster, then a much better choice is a Firewire external.
    And, that assumes that you have a G3 iMac that even has a firewire port. Those with the tray-loading CD drive will not.
    And, with those, if external loading fails, then you will be left with removing the hard drive, installing on that hard drive using another PPC Mac that will boot and install Tiger, then reinstalling that same hard drive back into the old iMac. Not too challenging, but does take some time to get it installed.
    Another issue if you have a really old iMac, is getting enough RAM installed to make Tiger worthwhile to use.
  4. G4TheWin macrumors member

    Dec 8, 2012
    A ditch somewhere
    If the iMac does have a FireWire port, you could copy another computer's install of Tiger over (or maybe just boot up the Tiger install disc on another computer and install to the iMac) with Target Disk mode. Info:
  5. sarthak macrumors 6502

    Nov 19, 2012
    You can always try to image the disk and reduce it.

    With Leopard, you can image the disc and delete - XCODE TOOLS, PRINTER DRIVERS, LANGUAGES. That reduces the size by almost half and enough to fit on a single layer disc.

    Though, I am not sure if it would be enough to fit on a CD.
  6. reco2011 macrumors 6502a

    May 25, 2014
    According to some here such an action is piracy.
  7. pdjudd macrumors 601

    Jun 19, 2007
    Plymouth, MN
    Al song as he has an actual Mac and his system meets the requirements laid out, I doubt that it is piracy. Heck, if it it was technically unsupported, I doubt if it was piracy. If the software was obtained legally than it’s not piracy. Piracy is all about getting the software.

    He isn’t doing anything wrong and no court would ever convict him of piracy unless his Tiger Disk was obtained illegally - of which we cannot determine from any post here.
  8. iamMacPerson macrumors 68030


    Jun 12, 2011
    What model of iMac do you have? I ask because even before you go to install Tiger there may also be a firmware update that you must install under OS 9 natively before bumping up to OS X. I am going to assume your iMac has FireWire since you are looking to install Tiger. If it has no FireWire, then the highest you can go without hacking the OS onto it would be Panther.

    Making 4 CDs from one DVD is not gonna work. With Panther (the last Mac OS to ship only on CDs) the first disc would install the bare essentials to boot, then any other requested software would be installed after a reboot into the OS itself in another install window asking for install disc 2 and/or 3 as needed.

    Your best bet would be to look around on eBay for a copy of 10.4 on CD. These, as I am sure you know, are very rare to come by however they do exist. I would keep an eye out for a genuine copy on CD.
  9. bse5150 macrumors 6502


    Jan 12, 2014
    Tiger was also released on 4 CDs. Get the 4 CDs and install from those.
  10. reco2011 macrumors 6502a

    May 25, 2014
    You'll have to take this up with the other people. I'm in agreement with you it's not piracy.
  11. 128keaton macrumors 68020


    Jan 13, 2013
    *Shameless PPCArchive plug* This might help, depending on what machines you have access to.
  12. MicrosoftApple thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2014
    To people who asked what is my Mac's model
    Its presumingly a Summer 2000 Indigo with 320MB RAM and 20GB HDD
    Its currently running Mac OS 9.1 and YES it has FireWire 400

    Right now I am in my home country of Bangladesh where people dont know what is FireWire

    I dont care if it takes time to install the Mac via USB I have plenty of time for installing an OS
    So what are the Open Firmware commands to use the USB External Drive
  13. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    G3 iMacs, as long as it is a slot loading model, do not need OpenFirmware commands to be able to boot from a USB device. Just plug it in and press Option at boot and select the USB drive. Simple as that. If it doesn't appear on the boot menu screen, the drive itself isn't compatible.
  14. MicrosoftApple thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2014
  15. wts macrumors member


    Oct 3, 2009

    I have an iMac G3 (grape jelly bean) with the slot CD drive.

    I use a FireWire DVD burner to run my DVD's on my iMac G3.

    If you have a FireWire DVD burner then use it to install Tiger.

    FireWire DVD burner are not all that expensive although I don't know how much they would cost in your country.

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