PowerBook G4 Leapord Install

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  1. 4x4monster macrumors newbie

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    I have a 2005 PowerBook G4 15" 1.67GHz 1GB currently running Tiger 10.4.11

    Im trying to upgrade to Leapord 10.5 from an Image file.

    I have looked at loads of guides online, but im struggling to get it to reconize my external HDD as a boot device.

    I have made a backup of the image file on my external HDD and when i restart holding option button, it only finds the mac HDD.

    Any one know what im doing wrong or know of any guides that I can follow?

    Am I better trying to boot form a USB stik or burning a Dual Layer DVD?
    Or should my external HDD work ok?
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    PPC Macs will not boot from external USB devices (HDD or thumb drive), except when you clone an OS to it prior.
    You are best of to burn the image to a DL-DVD via Burn.
     
  3. adcx64 macrumors 65816

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    Also, you can use an external FireWire drive to boot off of.
     
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    Powerbook can't read DL-DVD I tried it before
     
  6. Intell macrumors P6

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    PPC Macs can boot from an reinstallation/retail DVD that was imaged onto properly formatted USB drive.

    If the OP's Powerbook is the last model Powerbook to be made, the PowerBook5,8, then it can burn dual layer DVD's. But, any Powerbook G4 capable of reading DVD's can read a dual layer DVD.
     
  7. simsaladimbamba

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    Video DVDs are often on DL-DVDs and even my iBook could read them.

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    Do you mean GUID or APM?
     
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  9. Intell macrumors P6

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    APM. Sometimes for extra luck I put on the OS 9 drivers.
     
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    my previous PowerBook G4 with 1.5Ghz could not read DL-DVD disc that has been burned with Leopard image...It just spit it out right after I insert it.

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    I can watch movies with my previous PowerBook G4 1.5Ghz just fine.
     
  11. Intell macrumors P6

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    Sometimes in order to read a burned DL disc, the drive must be a DL burner. That or the disc was improperly burned or burned with an error.
     

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