Mac OSX specific to computer model?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by PCM, Jun 21, 2005.

  1. PCM macrumors regular

    Mar 6, 2005
    Hey all, i asked this question a while back but never got any definitive answers...

    I want to clone my powerbook's install disk to my g5, and then do a software update in the g5 to bring it up to speed. Are OS versions specific to the computers they run on, or will the cloned OS from my powerbook adapt to the fact that it's now running on a g5 and disable powerbook settings (power management etc.) and enable g5 prefs?? Or are os installs hardware specific? I would assume that all Apple hardware info is installed (kind of like languages are bundled even though never used)?

  2. ITASOR macrumors 601


    Mar 20, 2005
    If you're asking if your powerbook install disks will work on your G5, no they wont. It will tell you that this computer is not a powerbook G4.

    If you install it using the powerbook on a drive and then stick that drive in the G5, it might work.
  3. MBHockey macrumors 68040


    Oct 4, 2003
    New York
    That's not why it won't work. It's not a simple program that recognizes it's the wrong computer...the restore disc installs things specific to the powerbook hardware, and might not work at all on your G5, and if it did, it might be very unstable

    Bad idea. Just buy the retail version of whatever OS you are trying to get on your G5 (if that's what you're doing)
  4. PCM thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 6, 2005
    werd...well I will be entitled to the tiger upgrade when I buy my g5, but pro tools is not yet approved and I don't feel like reinstalling all my software and plugins on the g5. Pain in the arse. Wanted to use carbon copy cloner, but looks like that may be a bad idea,,,,
  5. broken_keyboard macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2004
    Secret Moon base
    I don't think OS X is Mac specific. (One exception to this was "10.2.7 (G5)" which was only for the PM G5)

    However as ITASOR said, the individual restore disks will probably refuse.
  6. PCM thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 6, 2005
    I'm not concerned with the restore disks. I will have restore for the powerbook and g5. I just want to move my *** without having to reinstall and reauthorize (which with all my plugs includes website call and response and I need to fill out additional computer authorization forms). It really sux.
  7. Nutter macrumors 6502

    Mar 31, 2005
    London, England
    Your new G5 will come with a setup assistant that lets you connect your PowerBook with a FireWire cable, and copies across all your files, applications, and settings.

    It works.

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