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VAcommsguy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jun 17, 2013 5:09 AM

Before dving into a newer Mac Mini a friend sold me an older G4 unit (1.33). I increased the memeory to 1G. It has Tiger 10.4 on it. I have some strange things my ignorance of Mac's seems to exacerbate.

 

1. When I go to Abou This Mac the "box for more info" box does not work, its grayed out.

2. My unit has no wifi in it. I purchased the Edimax USB unit recommended by a lot of folks. I downloaded the software for install. I get a "no installer for this product" message and am stuck.

3. What OS can I move this up to that will help it, if any?

 

Any and all help appreciated. I have an a older MacBook (Intel) and love it but need a desktop and before I drop Mo Money, I would ike to get some experience with this Mini.

 

Thanks,

 

Pat

Mac mini, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,825 points)
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    Jun 17, 2013 10:20 AM (in response to VAcommsguy)

    Hi Pat,

     

    Could be many things, we should start with this...

     

    "Try Disk Utility

     

    1. Insert the Mac OS X Install disc, then restart the computer while holding the C key.

    2. When your computer finishes starting up from the disc, choose Disk Utility from the Installer menu at the top of the screen. (In Mac OS X 10.4 or later, you must select your language first.)

    Important: Do not click Continue in the first screen of the Installer. If you do, you must restart from the disc again to access Disk Utility.

    3. Click the First Aid tab.

    4. Select your Mac OS X volume.

    5. Click Repair. Disk Utility checks and repairs the disk."

     

    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=106214

     

    Then try a Safe Boot, (holding Shift key down at bootup), run Disk Utility in Applications>Utilities, then highlight your drive, click on Repair Permissions, reboot when it completes.

     

    (Safe boot may stay on the gray radian for a long time, let it go, it's trying to repair the Hard Drive.)

     

    Did this EdiMax say it had Mac Drivers at all, many don't, & I don't think I've seen any with PPC support yet...

     

    Here's one with PPC support for 10.5...

     

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/NewerTech/MXP3802NU2C/

     

    Here's one for PPC * 10.4 & up...

     

    http://store.bearextender.com/products/bearextender-mini

     

    Leopard requirements/10.5.x...

     

        *  Mac computer with an Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 (867MHz or faster) processor

     

    minimum system requirements

     

        * 512MB of memory (I say 1.5GB for PPC at least, 2-3GB minimum for IntelMacs)

        * DVD drive for installation

        * 9GB of available disk space (I say 30GB at least)

    Classic/OS9 Apps no longer supported.

     

    May be available from Apple again...

     

    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4720126?tstart=0

    Trouble is Apple no longer sells it, check eBay & such for the Retail version, not the Gray Discs...

    http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=mac+os+x+leopard+retail+10.5

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,825 points)
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    Jun 17, 2013 4:52 PM (in response to VAcommsguy)

    Hi, double clicking on the PKG should automatically open Instaer.app.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,825 points)
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    Jun 17, 2013 9:15 PM (in response to VAcommsguy)

    See if you can locate this file & drag & drop that .mpkg on it.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,825 points)
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    Jun 18, 2013 11:46 AM (in response to VAcommsguy)

    Hmmm, lucky it didn't post the path, I was on 10.5.8 at the time & that's a different location than on 10.4.11, anyway...

     

    /Applications/Utilities/Installer.app

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,825 points)
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    Jun 19, 2013 6:26 PM (in response to VAcommsguy)

    About the Archive and Install feature, which can give you a new OS, yet preserve your files and settings if you have enough room on your HD...

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1710

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