OS upgrade on a G4 help

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Traxan, Apr 17, 2010.

  1. Traxan macrumors member

    Mar 2, 2008
    Hi folks. I inherited an old G4 PPC 500Mhz system from work that was destined for a recycler. To make a long story short, I want to sell it, but it has apps on it from work and I want to wipe that hard drive.

    I have the Tiger upgrade DVD but to do the upgrade, I need the user's password, and that employee is long gone. I've tried guessing with no luck.

    I also tried booting and holding down the C key after reading that tip, no luck.

    So, any recommendations on installing a clean OS so I can sell this puppy?
  2. OrangeSVTguy macrumors 601


    Sep 16, 2007
    Northeastern Ohio
    There should be a option on your CD to reset your password. I don't think you can use your upgrade CD as that is more than likely for another system so it won't work anyways. You will need a Retail version of Tiger or the original install CDs.

    There are other ways too without using a CD. Just google it up as there are a countless amount of guides out there.
  3. iamcheerful macrumors 6502


    Oct 3, 2008
    A suggestion:
    If you are concern about security, one easy way is to swap out the hdd. Sell the system w/o a hdd but you can throw in the Tiger upgrade disc for the buyer to do the OS installation. It also means the buyer has to source out a copy of Panther before using the upgrade disc.

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