10 Replies Latest reply: Feb 13, 2014 6:42 PM by rccharles
rymac Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)

I currently own a PowerBook G4 workhorse and have downgraded to OS X 10.4.11 using the original install disk as well as Software Update.  My question is how do I update to OS X 10.4.2 if the Software Updater says there are no new updates available and when attempting to use the COMBO and delta standalone updater it said my volume did not meet the requirements?


PowerBook, Mac OS X (10.4.1), 1.5 GHz PPC G4 | 1.25 GB RAM
  • John Galt Level 8 Level 8 (40,970 points)

    My question is how do I update to OS X 10.4.2

     

    I'm not sure if this is what you meant to ask. Mac OS X 10.4.11 is the latest Tiger release, and as Software Update reported no more updates are available.

     

    If you want to upgrade to Mac OS X 10.5 you will have to purchase Leopard.

  • Neville Hillyer Level 4 Level 4 (1,855 points)

    I am afraid I cannot see your point.

  • rymac Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)

    Hmmm I see what you're saying.  What exactly is 10.4.2 then?  I had 10.5 installed but downgraded because it didn't perform very well on my computer.

  • John Galt Level 8 Level 8 (40,970 points)

    OS X 10.4.2 may have been your PowerBook's original OS. It can be updated to OS X 10.4.11 by running the Combo update that you attempted to install on OS X 10.5. As you determined OS X 10.4.11 is probably the best choice of operating systems for your PowerBook G4.

     

    In short, you cannot downgrade an operating system without erasing the volume on which it's running first. To effectively revert to OS X 10.4.11 without losing everything contained on your PowerBook, copy its contents to another hard disk. Then, erase its internal disk, reinstall its original OS from its original discs, and copy your files and other documents from the copy you made.

     

    Beware that any documents or files that required modification to work with apps updated for OS X 10.5 may no longer be readable by earlier OS X versions.

  • rccharles Level 5 Level 5 (6,265 points)

    What exactly is 10.4.2

     

    The first release of tiger was 10.4

     

     

    There were eleven update fix packages. 

     

    They were

     

    10.4.1, 10.4.2, 10.4.3, ... through 10.4.11

     

    A combo update inlcludes multiple of these package.

     

    Robert

  • rymac Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)

    For some reason I was entirely confused by the numbering system, this makes complete sense.

     

    Thanks!

  • Neville Hillyer Level 4 Level 4 (1,855 points)

    John Galt wrote:

     

    As you determined OS X 10.4.11 is probably the best choice of operating systems for your PowerBook G4.

     

    I prefer OS X 10.5.8 on my 733 MHz G4.

     

    John Galt wrote:

     

    In short, you cannot downgrade an operating system without erasing the volume on which it's running first.

     

    This is the silliest remark I have seen today. It may be tedious for the uninitiated but you only have to erase all system files not your data for moving between OS X 10.5 and OS X 10.4 provided you take care with data embedded within system directories. I have my main disk partitioned into 8 volumes for testing various OSs and I do this sort of thing regularly.

     

    John Galt wrote:

     

    Beware that any documents or files that required modification to work with apps updated for OS X 10.5 may no longer be readable by earlier OS X versions.

     

    This is probably so but I have not come across any - I don't use iTunes or iPhoto etc.

  • John Galt Level 8 Level 8 (40,970 points)

    Neville Hillyer wrote:

     

    This is the silliest remark I have seen today.

     

    I tend to reserve tedious instructions for those who know what OS they're running.

  • Neville Hillyer Level 4 Level 4 (1,855 points)

    That is a poor excuse for publishing totally inaccurate information.

  • rccharles Level 5 Level 5 (6,265 points)

    outoforderorder explains how...

    By the way, here it is how you find the terminal application.

    Macintosh-HD -> Applications -> Utilities -> Terminal

     

    From: san francisco,ca

    Registered: Apr 27, 2007

     

    Re: Do the widgets drain system resources and power?

    Posted: Apr 28, 2007 2:51 PM

     

    I tend to think dashboard is neat, but not neccesary for my everyday workflow.

     

    it is possible to enable and disable it as needed,

    by entering the following commands into the terminal:

     

    -- To turn Dashboard off:

    defaults write com.apple.dashboard mcx-disabled -boolean YES

     

    -- To turn Dashboard on:

    defaults write com.apple.dashboard mcx-disabled -boolean NO

     

    -- You have to restart the Dock after making either change for it to take effect:

    killall Dock

     

    Bye Bye Dashboard

    http://www.kainjow.com/kermitsoft/downloads.html

     

    Disable Spotlight, Bonjour and Dashboard:

    http://discussions.apple.com/message.jspa?messageID=8749558#8749558

     

     

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    TenFourFox -- It's a port of the latest FireFox to run on older hardware and software.

    "World's most advanced web browser. Finely tuned for the Power PC."

        --  works for me on 10.4.  Supports 10.5

    http://www.floodgap.com/software/tenfourfox/

    alternative download site:

    http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/37761/tenfourfox

     

    Turn on pipelining.  This will allow Firefox to make simaltaneous requests to the server.  Chrome has pipeling turned on. Some sites could fail to load with pipeling set on. The site will be old. See "Increase pipelining" in:

     

    http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/firefox-optimization-tips/

     

    OmniWeb uses the lastest Safari framework.  The open source WebKit. Other browsers like Safari and iCab use the OS version of WebKit.  The OmniWeb downloaded dmg includes it's own copy of the latest WebKit.

    http://www.omnigroup.com/products/omniweb/

     

    Safari 4.1.3 for Tiger

    http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1069