Upgrading 10.2 to 10.4

Discussion in 'macOS' started by davidtmarquez, Mar 14, 2007.

  1. davidtmarquez macrumors member

    Mar 14, 2007
    I need help over here. My mom has a powerbook G4 17" that runs 10.2.8 and I want to upgrade it to 10.4. The problem is, the CD/DVD drive is broken ( Once you put in a CD, it ejects it after ). Will it work if I put in my Macbook's install CD in it? I kinda doubt that coz I know they re-wrote everything for the Intel Processor. I also have with me my dads 10.3.7 disc but it's only the first install disc. Will that still be sufficient?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. jlewis2k1 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 14, 2005
    in your closet
    if you have another mac you can conenct the two together and using the one that has a working CD/DVD drive have it install onto the mac you want. Plus 10.4 is started out to be available for PowerPC but its now universal i believe.
  3. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    You can use the Macbook Install disk. But isn't the drive broken? Either way the whole Intel, PowerPC thing is not an issue.

    Don't be afraid of trying things. You won't hurt anything.
  4. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    The version that came with your MacBook is not licensed for use on a PowerBook.
  5. davidtmarquez thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 14, 2007
    What do you mean? Are you saying that it won't work?:confused:
  6. Eric5h5 macrumors 68020

    Dec 9, 2004
    Licensing has nothing to do with it. It physically will not work because the files are different. Install discs only work on the type of machine it came with...i.e., the install disc in this case will only work on Macbooks and not Powerbooks or Power Macs or Mac Pros or even Macbook Pros. Just Macbooks.

  7. cbrain macrumors 65816


    Dec 9, 2006
    North-East, UK
    This is my idea:

    1. Buy Mac OS X 10.4
    2. Boot the PowerBook into Target Disc Mode
    3. Connect a firewire cable between
    the PowerBook and a working mac.
    4. Boot the working mac from the Mac OS X 10.4 disc.
    5. When the installer asks for the install location, choose the external drive which is actually the PowerBook.

    Double check with someone else, as I'm not sure if that will work. ;)
  8. davidtmarquez thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 14, 2007
    I think I'll just wait for Leopard to come if thats the case.. :D
    We'll just get a Family pack or so..

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