5 Replies Latest reply: Mar 23, 2013 5:40 AM by jamesseda
jamesseda Level 1 (0 points)

Hi, I'm pretty new to macs and a friend gave me her old powerbook G4. I deleted her account and have myself as the adm. When trying to delete old programs (disney games and other stuff etc..) I cannot because when I drag it to the garbage can it says I am not the owner. How can I erase old programs? Even before I deleted her account it would not let me do it, even when using her account


Any help is appreciated. Thanks!


PS- Whats the best .way to upgrade from 10.2.8?

PowerBook, Mac OS X (10.2.x)
  • Knucklesmac Level 4 (2,225 points)



    The best way to upgrade from Mac OS X 10.2 is to obtian a retail copy of Mac OS X 10.4 or if the PowerBook G4 is above 876mhz with 512MB or higher memory, then obtain a retail copy of Mac OS X 10.5


    To delete old programs you need to be either be, the system administrator (Her account ) or the root user.


    To enable the Root user, you need to do the following: http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1528

    Once logged in as Root you can then delete the old applications.


    Best of luck

  • jamesseda Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the reply. I entered as root user but it didn't help, but... I decided to look at the folder options for what I was trying to delete and saw it was locked and I had to set it to be my own, it worked and I was able to delete them so thanks. Like I said,  just learning the ins and outs of OS X. Doing a bit of Wikipedia research on all versions and their updates to see what is compatible with what.


    On the subject of updates. I believe the 10.4 and 10.5 are not available for purchase anymore from Apple, am I right? I have a disk image of Panther, I burned it to a CD but it won't update. It's 10.3, any suggestions?



  • Klaus1 Level 8 (47,745 points)

    I believe the 10.4 and 10.5 are not available for purchase anymore from Apple, am I right?

    Correct. You will have to look on eBay or Amazon for those old versions of OS X. Make sure you get the black retail install disks and not somebody's grey update disks.


    No idea what they are asking for Tiger, but Leopard currently sells for around $200. If you can run Leopard:




    go for that, as it includes more up to date versions of Safari than Tiger, the latter now struggling to keep up with the current internet.

  • Texas Mac Man Level 8 (46,565 points)

    Tiger is no longer available at the Apple Store. For other sources, do a Google search for MA453Z/A (10.4.6), MA190Z/A (10.4.3) and M9639Z/A (10.4). Also look on eBay. Be sure & buy a retail version (black with silver X)


    and not a model specific version (gray) (See http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=1976068 Can I use another Mac's system restore disc on my Mac?.


    After you install the base 10.4.x, update to the final Tiger version 10.4.11. Here's the link for the 10.4.11 combo update http://support.apple.com/kb/TA24901?viewlocale=en_US


    Look at this link Mac OS X v10.4 Tiger Installing Software Support Page



    You can also download the Tiger Installation and Setup Guide



    When you upgrade the OS, do it via Archive & Install. See About the Archive and Install feature http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1710

    Be sure to select Preserve Users & Settings. Also, repair permissions before and after the install.


    Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard installation system requirements



    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



    Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Installation and Setup Guide



    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

  • jamesseda Level 1 (0 points)

    Hey Tom! What a plethora of information. Thanks so much. Seems I have quite alot to do this weekend.