OSX upgrade

Ejpwalker

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Hi girls/ guys

I am thinking about upgrading my operating system on my G5 from 10.4.11 to OSX 5. The mac does not have a superdrive and can't take the OSX disc for OSX 5 that i have (which is on my Laptop Powerbook G4 as well)

Is it viable to install it remotely some how either from the Laptop or the sep external hard drive?

I Use the G5 mainly for music recording using Logic Pro 8 and thought upgrading the OSX slightly might help me out slightly?

CHeers guys....
 

MAC MAN JW

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Jul 12, 2011
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Hi girls/ guys

I am thinking about upgrading my operating system on my G5 from 10.4.11 to OSX 5. The mac does not have a superdrive and can't take the OSX disc for OSX 5 that i have (which is on my Laptop Powerbook G4 as well)

Is it viable to install it remotely some how either from the Laptop or the sep external hard drive?

I Use the G5 mainly for music recording using Logic Pro 8 and thought upgrading the OSX slightly might help me out slightly?

CHeers guys....
Use firewire target disk Mode to use your powerbooks dvd drive with your G5:) This is how you do it with Leopard as well:) http://lowendmac.com/misc/06/0710.html
 

Ejpwalker

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Osx

Thanks Mac man,

Does anyone think there will be any benefits upgrading from 4 - OSX 5 using Logic Pro 8?

Thanks. Paul
 

SmurfBoxMasta

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Thanks Mac man,

Does anyone think there will be any benefits upgrading from 4 - OSX 5 using Logic Pro 8?

Thanks. Paul
I do, but opinions vary widely in this regard.

Assuming that you already have sufficient ram, HDD space and a decent video card, then I think most people would agree that 10.5 offers enough overall improvements to justify the price.

I certainly worked well for me & my QS 1.6.....

Also, I have done many, many FW Target disk mode installs as MacMan mentioned, so go for it & be happy :D
 

INSURGENCYmusic

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Jan 15, 2012
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I was thinking about doing this too. Im in the same exact scenario as OP. and i have Leopard just sitting around. Im just afraid that something might mess up if i do an upgrade.
 

Jethryn Freyman

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Do it, 10.5 is much better and supports way more software than 10.4.

On a G5, speed is no issue either.

And I'm pretty sure that all G5s came with at least a DVD-reader, as standard.
 

INSURGENCYmusic

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Wow, It seems that I didn't understand the OP's question. yes I have a super drive, all g5's come with super drives. unless someone took it out or something. But my question was just regarding the upgrade to 10.5 in general.

Would everything work the same? Am I going to have to redownload a bunch of things, etc
 

Jethryn Freyman

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I was thinking about doing this too. Im in the same exact scenario as OP. and i have Leopard just sitting around. Im just afraid that something might mess up if i do an upgrade.
Wow, It seems that I didn't understand the OP's question. yes I have a super drive, all g5's come with super drives. unless someone took it out or something. But my question was just regarding the upgrade to 10.5 in general.

Would everything work the same? Am I going to have to redownload a bunch of things, etc
Everything should work, although for a lot of applications you should have the option of downloading a much more up to date version. Leopard is the oldest version of OS X that is really given decent support these days, since it introduced a whole lot of new APIs and stuff over Tiger than haven't changed substantially in either Snow Leopard or Lion.
 

Ejpwalker

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Dec 29, 2011
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osx 10.5

Just to update that installing osx 10.5 through target mode worked fine and the G5 seems to be running well and of course through upgrading the OS various other bits of software can be upgraded as well

Im hopeful that overall it will run better, and perhaps a little smoother using Logic Pro 8

I was wondering about the comment regarding the graphics card on the G5 and whether upgrading the card would have a positive impact when running Logic Pro 8?

My system in 2GHz running with 4 gigs of ram. I'd like to upgrade to the full 8 gigs of ram which i'm sure would be noticeably better but the ram for these older G5's seems to be oddly expensive even now...

The G5 does have a DVD drive but does not take layered DVD's on this model
 

GermanyChris

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Just to update that installing osx 10.5 through target mode worked fine and the G5 seems to be running well and of course through upgrading the OS various other bits of software can be upgraded as well

Im hopeful that overall it will run better, and perhaps a little smoother using Logic Pro 8

I was wondering about the comment regarding the graphics card on the G5 and whether upgrading the card would have a positive impact when running Logic Pro 8?

My system in 2GHz running with 4 gigs of ram. I'd like to upgrade to the full 8 gigs of ram which i'm sure would be noticeably better but the ram for these older G5's seems to be oddly expensive even now...

The G5 does have a DVD drive but does not take layered DVD's on this model
I'd make sure you need the RAM first 2GB is more than 8GB DDR3..

I'm gonna finally do the PS/AI check to make sure..I don't like making my wallet any lighter
 

INSURGENCYmusic

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Jan 15, 2012
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Just to update that installing osx 10.5 through target mode worked fine and the G5 seems to be running well and of course through upgrading the OS various other bits of software can be upgraded as well

Im hopeful that overall it will run better, and perhaps a little smoother using Logic Pro 8

I was wondering about the comment regarding the graphics card on the G5 and whether upgrading the card would have a positive impact when running Logic Pro 8?

My system in 2GHz running with 4 gigs of ram. I'd like to upgrade to the full 8 gigs of ram which i'm sure would be noticeably better but the ram for these older G5's seems to be oddly expensive even now...

The G5 does have a DVD drive but does not take layered DVD's on this model
I paid about $140 this month for 8gb of RAM for my powermac G5. then paid about $96 for the x800 xt graphics. then about $400 worth of SSD's.
and also 100 for a PCi sata card. So it's not cheap, but totally worth it for me, because I have 6 years of music work on PowerPC. Plus all the software instruments and organizing I did....
 

Jethryn Freyman

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I paid about $140 this month for 8gb of RAM for my powermac G5. then paid about $96 for the x800 xt graphics. then about $400 worth of SSD's.
and also 100 for a PCi sata card. So it's not cheap, but totally worth it for me, because I have 6 years of music work on PowerPC. Plus all the software instruments and organizing I did....
How has the X800 XT worked? I'm thinking of upgrading from a 9600 XT for general use/games/movies/photoshop/bragging rights.
 

Cox Orange

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I paid about $140 this month for 8gb of RAM for my powermac G5. then paid about $96 for the x800 xt graphics. then about $400 worth of SSD's.
and also 100 for a PCi sata card. So it's not cheap, but totally worth it for me, because I have 6 years of music work on PowerPC. Plus all the software instruments and organizing I did....
The OP also asked, whether upgrading from 10.4 to 10.5 would make Logic 8 work better. Did you test, whether L8 runs better under 10.5 with the same hardware or after upgrading the hardware?
 

INSURGENCYmusic

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How has the X800 XT worked? I'm thinking of upgrading from a 9600 XT for general use/games/movies/photoshop/bragging rights.
so far so good. honestly, i haven't used it much. The I will be doing some video editing, which Is why I bought it. but so far its been great.
The OP also asked, whether upgrading from 10.4 to 10.5 would make Logic 8 work better. Did you test, whether L8 runs better under 10.5 with the same hardware or after upgrading the hardware?
no i havent tested. I havent upgraded to 10.5 yet. I dont think im going to do it. Im worried that I might lose some power. I want my powermac to be as efficient for music as possible. Im still waiting to see what people are saying.
 

Cox Orange

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I guess that suspicion is justifiably, because one can read of many people that had L8 and upgraded to 10.5 and afterwards plugins were not working or they had to re-authorize each third party plugin again. There is also a story of someone that had never used propellerheads software, but there suddenly was a propellerheads folder, which caused Logic to quit after 1 sec., after removing that and some prefs it did work. But as always there will be people that will tell they have not any problems and the user must be the problem.
 

INSURGENCYmusic

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Jan 15, 2012
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Ok, so I upgraded to 10.5 yesterday because I got pissed that my computer crashed on me using 10.4. :p

So far so good. Very smooth, better than I expected. I'll keep u guys updated.
 
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