Resolved New G5 Bind

Auzburner

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I've been doing a ton of hunting and haven't quite come across this predicament. I recently obtained a PowerMac G5 A1047 DP 1.8Ghz. One problem. No hard drive or optical drive. I have multiple hard drives that will work perfectly, but no OS on them. I also have an optical drive, but no IDE cable to plug into the G5's board.

Therefore, I cannot find a way to get my Leopard.iso or the DVD installed on the hard drives. I have a USB dock where I can connect the hard drive to my MBP detailed in my signature, but the 2010 MBP cannot boot a Leopard disk. I had the intent of booting from the DVD and installing to the externally connected USB Hard drive. The only (cheapest) solution I can think of is to buy a small IDE cable to hook up the optical drive and install using the Leopard DVD at hand.

I'm looking for any other option besides buying the cable. I also have a USB universal drive connector. I hooked up the optical drive I have with that cabling, but the PowerMac G5 will not boot from USB. Found that through research, but I thought I would try anyway. I'm looking for anyone else' thoughts? Comments?

I have VMWare Fusion, but I don't believe Fusion will allow me to boot the disk and select another for install, but please correct me if I'm wrong!

Thanks. :)
 
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AdrianK

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You could grab a FireWire cable and use Target Disc Mode to install 10.5 on the PM's internal HDD via your MacBook's optical drive.
 

666sheep

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...and if you don't have firewire cable, take USB stick -> format it using APM -> restore Leo image to it -> boot G5 off it and install OS on HDD (use alt/option to select it in Boot X). Works perfectly with PM G5, tested personally ;)
 

Auzburner

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...and if you don't have firewire cable, take USB stick -> format it using APM -> restore Leo image to it -> boot G5 off it and install OS on HDD (use alt/option to select it in Boot X). Works perfectly with PM G5, tested personally ;)
What do you mean by format using APM? Attempting to restore Leo image to a USB fails with an "invalid argument" error. Thanks.
 

minifridge1138

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Use your MBP to restore the DVD image to a USB thumb drive.

Plug the thumb drive into the G5, hold option key while booting.

Boot off of the Thumb Drive.

Install onto your HDD.
 

Auzburner

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All done. Worked by Restoring the DVD to the HDD using my drop USB dock. What made that possible was Apple Partition Mapping. Once I partitioned that way, everything else fell into place. Thank you for the help. I was betting there was a way to install Leopard without needing to buy anything. Thanks again.
 

Auzburner

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I don't understand..
Did you restore the DVD to the USB drive, then use the USB drive as an installer?
I used a USB docked hard drive, inserted it into the powermac and booted from the restored installer on the hard drive. Mind you, I have two hard drives in the powermac right now, therefore I used on hard drive to install on another. I was concerned because I read elsewhere that booting from USB does not work on a powermac G5. So I avoided this by restoring the installer from the leopard DVD to one of my internal drives.
 
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