4 Replies Latest reply: Aug 27, 2011 11:55 AM by rccharles
sfcheri Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have the following system:

 

PowerBook G4 (3.3) 17-inch

Serial Number V73161WXMVZ

OS 10.3.9

1 MB DDR SDRAM

55.88 GB hard drive with 6.2 GB free

 

I want to upgrade to at least Tiger (10.4) or maybe even Leopard (10.5) if my system will support it.  I will be doing an "Archive and Install" protocol.

 

I have found a couple of other discussions (one from January of this year) regarding this situation, but the devil is in the details, which are missing.

 

Who do I contact (phone preferred; email acceptable) to arrange to get the latest version of OS which will run on my system.  Does the software come on a CD(s) or DVD?  I'm not sure if my system can read a DVD.  Hopefully an Apple guru can tell from the system info I have provided.

 

If the software comes on a DVD, and my system won't read a DVD, then I need a version of the software I can download and install.  I also have Mac Mini running OS 10.6.8 on the same network, so a network installation can be done, but I will need step-by-step instructions for doing this.

 

Thanks,

Cheri


PowerBook, Mac OS X (10.3.x)
  • 1. Re: Need instructions on how to order Tiger
    Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (226,805 points)

    Tiger is no longer available from Apple. You may look for a retail installer package on eBay, Amazon.com, CraigsList, or via Google search. You can install Leopard which you can purchase from Apple:

     

    Apple Store Customer Service at 1-800-676-2775 or visit online Help for more information.

    To contact product and tech support visit online support site.

    There is no copy of OS X available for download except Lion which cannot run on your computer model.

  • 2. Re: Need instructions on how to order Tiger
    BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (116,480 points)

    Call them & see if they still have Leopard/10.5 available, they did about a month or so ago, but supplies were short.

     

    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)

     

    You have to call Apple & likely ask for a Product Specialist to get it, if they still have it! Helps to tell them you have an iPad/iPhone & you can't run 10.6.

  • 3. Re: Need instructions on how to order Tiger
    Texas Mac Man Level 8 Level 8 (45,805 points)

    *Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard installation system requirements*

    http://support.apple.com/kb/TA24950

     

    Leopard is no longer available at the Apple Store *but may be available by calling Apple Phone Sales @ 1-800-MY-APPLE (1-800-692-7753)*.

     

    Installing Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1544

     

    Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Installation and Setup Guide

    http://manuals.info.apple.com/en/leopard_install-setup.pdf

     

    After you install the base 10.5, download & install the 10.5.8 combo update at http://support.apple.com/downloads/Mac_OS_X_10_5_8_Combo_Update

     

    The Leopard installer is on a DVD. You need to increase the amount of free space on your hard drive before installing Leopard. Your HD will be almost full if you install Leopard & you risk disk corruption & slow operation.

     

     Cheers, Tom

  • 4. Re: Need instructions on how to order Tiger
    rccharles Level 5 Level 5 (5,370 points)
    If the software comes on a DVD, and my system won't read a DVD, then I need a version of the software I can download and install.  I also have Mac Mini running OS 10.6.8 on the same network, so a network installation can be done, but I will need step-by-step instructions for doing this.

    You can use  system profiler to check whether you can read DVD's.

     

    the blue Apple icon > About this Mac > More info…

    goto the hardware section. Scroll down and click on disk burning

     

     

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    There is a way of using Target Disk mode to read a dvd from you other computer.

     

    See:

    http://blog.turnthescrew.com/2009/06/reinstalling-mac-os-x-without-a-dvd-drive-t arget-disk-mode/