Stuck in the no OS muck

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by binaryslyder, Apr 28, 2008.

  1. binaryslyder macrumors newbie

    Nov 17, 2007
    Howdy Folks,

    So I finally got my hands on an old G4 and I'm trying to install OSX tiger, but I'm a bit stuck.

    Here's the Computer specs, as far as I know:

    1GB Ram
    Seagate 7200 200gb HDD (Set to 127gb)
    Currently no Keyboard, only mouse

    So I put in my leopard disk just for fun and the G4 begins to go through the motions of preparing for install, then stops abruptly with the error message, "OSX cannot be installed on this machine." Ok, no problem. I was just goofing off.

    I have an .iso file of tiger on my macbook that I'm trying to burn, so I can get this g4 running. I've tried four different burn options and the G4 still won't recognizes it.

    What am I doing wrong?


    I'm burning DVD +R's on a Macbook using Toast 9. I've tried data CD's, ISO's and DVD-Rom. Nothing seems to work.
  2. msheldrick macrumors regular

    Mar 23, 2008
    if you Torrented it (which i really hope you didn't) it's probably not bootable. Get the retail copy of Tiger off eBay or something.
  3. binaryslyder thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 17, 2007
    Heh, naw. I learned a long time ago that D/Ling an OS is a BAAAAAAD idea. A friend of mine sent it to me. I'd have to wait a week for snail mail.

    : (
  4. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
    Did your friend purchase a copy for you?
  5. binaryslyder thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 17, 2007
    No, but he upgraded his system to Leopard so he's going to give me his install disks this weekend. I was just trying to cut down the waiting time.
  6. Dimwhit macrumors 68000


    Apr 10, 2007
    Might not be anything, but I've personally had rotten luck with Macs and DVD+R discs. You might try a DVD-R.

    Does it really matter? It's his business how he got it. We're not the EULA police.
  7. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    against the rules of the forums though to help with hacks.
  8. binaryslyder thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 17, 2007
    I've got a firewire and USB external drive. You think if I installed OSX to them I could get the G4 to boot, then install OSX on the internal?
  9. binaryslyder thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 17, 2007
    A friend of mine just textd me and said that he thought there used to be an option whereby you could use one mac to install an Os on another mac.

    I tried searching the forums for this but couldn't find any info beyond the new Macbook Air.

    Any ideas?
  10. Teh Don Ditty macrumors G4

    Teh Don Ditty

    Jan 15, 2007
    Leopard will not run on a G4 450 Processor. Below min system requirements.

    EDIT: Taken from Apple's Website.
    General requirements
    Mac computer with an Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 (867MHz or faster) processor

    512MB of memory
    DVD drive for installation
    9GB of available disk space
    Some features require a compatible Internet service provider; fees may apply.
    Some features require Apple's .Mac service; fees apply.
  11. J@ffa macrumors 6502a


    Jul 21, 2002
    Behind you!
    Ok. You can, but you're going to need to erase the external drive. Make sure you've got the stuff backed up, but if it's blank or something, don't worry. So...

    1. Fire up Disk Utility from your MacBook (Leopard or not, doesn't matter).
    2. Plug in the external HD (via FireWire) and click on the top level of it. So not the (presumably) single partition named something like binaryslyder's External HD, but the bit above it where it says 111.8GB... etc.
    3. On the right hand side, you'll have a bunch of options across the top. Click 'Partition', and hit the options button. Change the 'Volume Scheme' from 'Current' to '1 Partition'. Hit the options button directly underneath and select 'Apple Partition Map', then hit OK. Name it anything you like, but Tiger is sensible just in case the installer gets funny about special characters. Press 'Apply'.
    4. Now click on the 'Restore' tab. Where it says 'Source', drag the .iso of Tiger and let go. It should appear in there. Then drag the volume of your external HD you just created (the actual partition, not the top level I mentioned earlier— Tiger or whatever you called it) to the 'Destination' part. Then hit the 'Restore' button.

    Once all that's done, eject the external HD, plug it into your G4 via FireWire (it won't boot via USB, unlike Intel Macs which can do both). and boot it up holding the alt key and select the Tiger volume.
  12. binaryslyder thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 17, 2007

    Many thanks. I'll give this a shot over the next two hours (i'm working at home today) and I'll let you know how it goes. Also, I have to go out and buy a USB keyboard : ).

    But thanks!
  13. Dimwhit macrumors 68000


    Apr 10, 2007
    If you know it's a hack, sure. But unless there's obvious reason to believe it is, no sense giving someone the third degree.
  14. binaryslyder thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 17, 2007
    Thanks for coming to my defense, but don't worry about it. These guys are all really sharp and don't want to hand out free advice if I'm stealing stuff. It seemed like a fair question.

    Though I think its funny that your Icon is a pirate flag.

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