4 Replies Latest reply: May 12, 2012 6:13 PM by zazrie
zazrie Level 1 Level 1

my powerbook G4 1.67ghz have a problem when i try to install new hdd with OSX 10.5.6, a massage box come out " Mac OS X cannot be installed on this computer". After using disk utility to format new HDD, i try again to reeboot but the same massage will come out. Anyone can help me to install the OS X on  my Powerbook G4?

Reply by BGreg on May 10, 2012 4:59 AM Helpful
Is the OS X 10.5.6 disk that you're trying to install a gray-faced disk? If so, you can't use it, as that is a disk that was delivered with another Apple system, and those disks are locked to the system type they are delivered with. So if it was delived with a MacBook, for example, you can't use it to install on a PowerBook.  You'll need to use a black-faced retail version of 10.5 Leopard. Since this is a new installation on a blank hard drive, don't use the black-faced upgrade disk, as it requires OS X 10.4 to be installed to work.  If you have a bootable backup, and an upgrade 10.5 disk, you could copy that using SuperDuper! or CCC to your new hard drive then use the upgrade disk.
Reply by Texas Mac Man on May 10, 2012 6:07 PM Helpful
Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard installation system requirementshttp://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).  If you can't obtain a retail install DVD from Apple, look on eBay or Google the installer part numbers to possibly find at an on-line store. Here's what to look for: MB427Z/A  Leopard 10.5.1 install DVDMB576Z/A  Leopard 10.5.4 install DVDMB021Z/A  Leopard 10.5.6 install DVD (single user)MB022Z/A  Leopard 10.5.6 install DVD (5-user family pack) Installing Mac OS X 10.5 Leopardhttp://support.apple.com/kb/HT1544 Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Installation and Setup Guidehttp://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 DVD should look like this Caution - Leopard does not support classic mode. So, if you currently open OS 9 apps in classic mode, you won't be able to do this if you upgrade to Leopard.  Cheers, Tom

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  • BGreg Level 6 Level 6

    Is the OS X 10.5.6 disk that you're trying to install a gray-faced disk? If so, you can't use it, as that is a disk that was delivered with another Apple system, and those disks are locked to the system type they are delivered with. So if it was delived with a MacBook, for example, you can't use it to install on a PowerBook.

     

    You'll need to use a black-faced retail version of 10.5 Leopard. Since this is a new installation on a blank hard drive, don't use the black-faced upgrade disk, as it requires OS X 10.4 to be installed to work.  If you have a bootable backup, and an upgrade 10.5 disk, you could copy that using SuperDuper! or CCC to your new hard drive then use the upgrade disk.

  • zazrie Level 1 Level 1

    Thanks Bgreg for the good info for me. Now I need look for black-faced disc.

  • Texas Mac Man Level 8 Level 8

    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).

     

    If you can't obtain a retail install DVD from Apple, look on eBay or Google the installer part numbers to possibly find at an on-line store. Here's what to look for:

     

    MB427Z/A  Leopard 10.5.1 install DVD

    MB576Z/A  Leopard 10.5.4 install DVD

    MB021Z/A  Leopard 10.5.6 install DVD (single user)

    MB022Z/A  Leopard 10.5.6 install DVD (5-user family pack)

     

    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 DVD should look like this

    leopard.jpg

    Caution - Leopard does not support classic mode. So, if you currently open OS 9 apps in classic mode, you won't be able to do this if you upgrade to Leopard.

     

     Cheers, Tom

  • zazrie Level 1 Level 1

    Thank you very much Texas Mac Man.