2880 Views 3 Replies Latest reply: Jul 4, 2009 2:49 AM by AxL
G4 iMacs (700 or 800 MHz processor speed) maximum Mac OS X version is Tiger 10.4.11.
If your G4 iMac has a 1GHz or a 1.25GHz processor (and at least 512MB RAM)
it works with Leopard (10.5.7).
Check these specs in Apple menu, "About this Mac", then if they fit you can install Leopard using a retail DVD.
Thanks for your reply AxL. I do recall seeing a processor speed of 800MHz because I went into "About this Mac" to find the OS X version. The requirements for iWork are Mac OS X v10.4.11 or Mac OS X 10.5.6 or later, so "technically" I should be able to put Tiger 10.4.11 and then iWork??? Is there anyplace that Tiger 10.4.11 can still be purchased?
Yes, you could do that, install Tiger then iWork but you also need at least 512MB RAM memory in your G4 iMac.
You still can purchase Tiger for example on eBay,
just google-search a "Mac Os X Tiger Retail DVD" or "Tiger Retail DVD" and be careful not to buy a grey set of DVDs
(as they are meant for specific Macs and won't work with yours).
What you're looking for is a single black DVD with an X on it and a "Mac OS X Tiger" label.
Retail price at the time (april 2005 through october 2007) was $130.
You can buy any version from 10.4.0 to the last one,
and just run Software Update to update it to 10.4.11.