3 Replies Latest reply: Mar 19, 2009 9:06 AM by zachman
Mr Cooper Level 1 Level 1
I have an oldly G4 ibook running 10.3.9. I need to upgrade the operating system as you can well understand.

Question: does the new operating system I intend to purchase have to be just for the ibook or can I use the same discs for a fresh re-install for my powermac G4 running 10.5.6?

G4, Mac OS X (10.3.x), Powermac
  • y_p_w Level 4 Level 4
    A complete reinstall could be done from retail install disks for 10.5. However - the retail install disks are licensed either for a single machine or the "family pack" licensed for up to 5 machines. It should be marked on the box - maybe the disks too.

    It would have to be at least an iBook G4 867 MHz. It won't install on something like an iBook G4 800.
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10
    HI Mr. Cooper,

    Leopard minimum requirements: 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.

    Just make sure you have sufficient disk space. Right or control click the MacintoshHD icon on your Desktop, then click: Get Info. In the Get Info window, click the discovery triangle so it's facing down. You will see; Capacity and Available Make sure you have 10% available disk space, 15% is better. Insufficient available space, can cause performance issues, system corruption, and possible loss of data.

  • zachman Level 1 Level 1
    What you can do also is:
    If the mac's are under the 867Mhz mark their is a program called leopard assist (it's free) what I have is a imac g4 800Mhz and runs it like a champ.

    memory is at 768
    video is original
    hard drive is original