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2439 Views 8 Replies Latest reply: May 3, 2009 7:24 PM by stewiesno1
Currently Being ModeratedMay 1, 2009 4:21 PM (in response to macdaddy0)Yes, you can run Tiger.
No, you legally can't use the install disk you have.
You legally need a retail Tiger install disk.
You may need to reformat the hard drive to HFS extended.
You should think about a larger disk and more RAM.G4/1GHz, B&W G4/450, MacBook, iMac, iBook, others, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
Currently Being ModeratedMay 1, 2009 9:49 PM (in response to macdaddy0)Yes, you can definitely run Tiger on your machine.
If your Mac Pro is still running OS 10.4 Tiger, it's possible to clone the data on that hard drive to the hard drive on your Power Mac G4. The only restriction you might have is the size of the hard drive on your Gigabit ethernet. A program that I use is Carbon Copy Cloner:
It's very straight forward and easy to use. I would back up everything you want to keep from your Gigabit ethernet on an external hard drive, then reformat the hard drive. If you decide to do this, make sure you reformat the hard drive in your Gigabit ethernet in "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)" so it can be a bootable drive.
I have 10.4 Tiger running on my Dual 500mhz Gigabit ethernet and performance wise I've found it to run great.
-AaroniBook G4 12" 1Ghz, Power Mac G4 Dual 500Mhz Gigabit Ethernet, iMac G3 600Mhz, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
Currently Being ModeratedMay 1, 2009 11:44 PM (in response to macdaddy0)Hello macdaddy0,
Yes, you can run Tiger on your Mac. It will run much more nicely with a dual 500MHz processor and more RAM.
You probably should reformat to HFS+
Usually, a machine specific install CD (DVD) will only work for the machine it came with. I don't suppose it would hurt to try; the only problem I an think of offhand is that it might fail to install some small but necessary item that would leave you scratching your head when troubleshooting later.
Or you can clone.
i always like to have the (retail, full install) OS CD for the OS I'm running, but I'm sure many people with older Macs feel it's a luxury - particularly when the OS CD is likely worth more than the Mac.
HTH .... Jon933 DA (scsi/atto160)(UL3S)(OSX)(GeForce 3), 1.33GHz DA, Mac OS X (10.4.11), OSX 933MHz QS, & more
Currently Being ModeratedMay 2, 2009 4:33 AM (in response to macdaddy0)I totally agree. Besides, I went out and bought the full retail version of *Leopard OS* for my MacPro about 6 months ago.
So now I have this Tiger disc (which I paid for), that I have no use for. It didn't come free, I'm sure a "price" for the OS was factored into the price of my machine...
($3900.00)...just for the tower (she shore iz purty!) and OS (Tiger). Oh yeah, I got a keyboard and mouse as well.
nuff said.MacPro 2.66 Ghz dual-core 64 bit workstation, Mac OS X (10.5.3), 5gb ram / 250 Gb HD / Adobe CS3 / FastRIP / Epson
Currently Being ModeratedMay 2, 2009 11:23 PM (in response to macdaddy0)Because your MacPro has an Intel processor, its Tiger OS build isn't compatible with that required to run your PowerPC processor-based G4. You'll need a retail/universal installer Tiger disk.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 3, 2009 4:45 AM (in response to Jeff)That was the thing I was thinking might be the thing. so they DO write different versions of the OS depending upon which machine it's being packaged with? is it machine specific or model specific? in other words...does the disc "know" the machine it came with somehow???? or is it just a case of it being the wrong type of technology? also, does the ram i put in this machine
(the G4) HAVE to be 100mhz, can it be 133mhz?MacPro 2.66 Ghz dual-core 64 bit workstation, Mac OS X (10.5.3), 5gb ram / 250 Gb HD / Adobe CS3 / FastRIP / Epson
Currently Being ModeratedMay 3, 2009 7:24 PM (in response to macdaddy0)Retail versions of Tiger can be for either PPC or Intel processors.
If the copy you bought was for the Intel line then you will not be able to install it on your Gigabit G4 ( PPC ).
Like trying to use diesel in a petrol car.
It's still a fuel but not designed for that motor.
The OS DVDs that ship with each model can only be used on that model.
You can install them sometimes onto other machines but also run into problems.
Yes you can use PC133mHz Ram in that Mac as it is backwards compatible and will just downclock to run at the slower speed.
StewieG3's , G4's, Powerbooks, Mac OS X (10.4.11)