updating os on a g5...

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by kirbstomp, Sep 2, 2011.

  1. kirbstomp macrumors newbie

    Sep 2, 2011
    First post, and I've exhausted Google. This is my last resort before I give up on this thing. I'm kind of a Mac newb. My only other one is an intel blackbook that I bought on ebay super cheap.

    My friend bought this g5 years ago and never used it, so he just gave it to me awhile ago. All the books that came with it said it was running on Panther, but the system profiler says it's Jaguar. I'm trying to get it to run Leopard, but don't want to pay a gazillion dollars for Leopard. So I download an iso and it seems to be perfectly fine.

    I don't have a dvd to burn the iso on, so I'm trying to use an 8gb flash drive or my tb usb hd. But I can't get the g5 to boot from either one. I've tried formatting these things a hundred different ways and can't figure this out.

    I tried this tip and got nothing.

    Please help. My boyfriend is not going to put up with me having this huge computer taking up space in our tiny room much longer if it isn't going to work. :(
  2. AdrianK macrumors 68020

    Feb 19, 2011
    Just so you know, not many people here are 'cool' with piracy... buuuut anyway, if the USB thing didn't work you'll need a firewire drive or a DVD.

    I find it pretty interesting that running Jaguar = not working :D
  3. MAC MAN JW macrumors 6502


    Jul 12, 2011
    That iso. of Leopard may have virus or mailware in it. even that apple does not sell leopard any more (Some one from apple support commuity called apple and they don't have it any more) please buy a retail leopard disc off of ebay or someware that you know is good. :)
  4. kirbstomp thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 2, 2011
    Oops! Sorry if I offended anyone...I always lurk these forums cause they're so helpful. I've never needed to post before, I shoulda read the rules all the way through first. And Jaguar is working fine, I'm just already used to using Leopard.

    reddrag0n, I used those articles earlier, just seems that g5s don't like booting off usb. I'll probably have to try firewire.
  5. Cursed macrumors member

    Nov 28, 2010
    Staffordshire UK
    There shouldn't be any issue booting from USB. When I installed Leopard on my old G5 I booted it off a partition I created on an external hard drive. The only thing I can think of is there must be something wrong with the ISO. Creating a bootable DMG using another Mac may be a better option.

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