Please help: I'm having a series of problems trying to install Leopard on my imac g4

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  1. lolwatpear, Aug 6, 2013
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    lolwatpear macrumors member

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    I've been trying to do this for hours, but I've not found a solution. I simply want to install Leopard on my g4, but the horrible compatibility of this machine with the newer technologies is preventing me from doing so. I really do not want to spend any more money trying to get it on this old computer. This is what I've tried so far:

    1. I was going to do it by disc. The problem is that my DVD drive appears to be unable to read DVDs anymore. I then remembered I had some IDE drives, but sadly recalled I threw them out, thinking I wouldn't need them.

    2. Second option is to use firewire, however, I have no firewire cable, or any firewire harddrive. I've never even used firewire in my life.

    3. Third option is USB with a .dmg? I'm in the process of using this guide (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1112834), but why would this work? I thought you can't boot from usb with a powerpc imac? I'm currently transfering the large disk .dmg's which is why I don't know if it works yet.

    Does anyone have a working solution? I'd consider spending some money, but I really rather not.
     
  2. tom vilsack macrumors 68000

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    Couple questions first...

    -what PowerPC model is your G4?
    -how much ram does it have installed?
     
  3. lolwatpear thread starter macrumors member

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    Is this enough info?

    Hardware Overview:

    Machine Name: iMac
    Machine Model: PowerMac6,1
    CPU Type: PowerPC G4 (3.3)
    Number Of CPUs: 1
    CPU Speed: 1 GHz
    L2 Cache (per CPU): 256 KB
    Memory: 768 MB
    Bus Speed: 133 MHz
    Boot ROM Version: 4.5.8f1

    and it appears I don't have USB 2.0 with this model as it doesn't say high speed BUS.
     
  4. tom vilsack macrumors 68000

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    asked to make sure it was even up to running leopard (I personally would stick with tiger,but understand)

    -do you have access to another powerpc?
     
  5. lolwatpear thread starter macrumors member

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    no, I just have a hackintosh and PC. I found out the DVD reading capabilities aren't the problem, it's just that it won't read dual layers.
     
  6. robertosh macrumors 6502

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    Follow this how-to to install Leopard from a usb in a powerpc. It worked for me with a iBook G4. Important: You have to get a copy of retail Leopard (not the one that came with an Intel mac, for example).

    Good luck!
     
  7. tom vilsack macrumors 68000

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    Robertosh would this work with his 1.1usb? (be painfully slow)
     
  8. lolwatpear thread starter macrumors member

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    Lol it is. I just set it up now, and it has a 7 1/2 hour estimate. Thanks by the way, robertosh.
     

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