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How to install Mac OS X Server 10.2.0 on a G4 FW800 OS X Server
Because of a incomptability between the boot ROM on the shipping OS X Server 10.2.0, and the latest G4 FW800, I was facing serious problems trying to install or even boot from the install CD. The following information is a combination of two Apple KBase articles: 107496 and 107124.

First install an OS X Client (minimum version 10.2.3). Be careful to choose a login name no longer than eight characters, because that is the maximum OS X Server allows. Then follow these steps to enable an install of an older OS X Server over a newer OS X Client. Start up normally from the target computer's Mac OS X startup disk, and log in as an Admin user. Then open Terminal (in /Applications/Utilities/) and type:
 % sudo mkdir /Library/Receipts/Previous_Receipts
 % sudo mv /Library/Receipts/French.pkg \
     /Library/Receipts/Previous_Receipts/
 % sudo mv /Library/Receipts/German.pkg  \
     /Library/Receipts/Previous_Receipts/
 % sudo mv /Library/Receipts/Japanese.pkg \
     /Library/Receipts/Previous_Receipts/
 % sudo mv /Library/Receipts/BSD.pkg \
     /Library/Receipts/Previous_Receipts/
When you're done, quit the Terminal. Now install the Server without booting from the Install CD by opening "MacOSXServerInstall.mpkg" inside the "MacOSXServerInstall" directory. There you go!

PS: When trying to update your new system, you have to run at least a Mac OS X Server 10.2.3 Combo Update!
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Alternate method
Authored by: phillymjs on Jul 14, '03 03:58:11PM

I ran into trouble with spurious kernel panics while installing OS X Server 10.2.x while booted from the CD.

I got around it by connecting the server to my iBook in target disk mode, booting my iBook from the Server CD, and installing to the Server's drive. It worked flawlessly.

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How to install Mac OS X Server 10.2.0 on a G4 FW800
Authored by: ComputerX on Jul 14, '03 08:34:48PM

I did an install to a mirrored drive door (I think, it was a while ago) by moving the drive to the other IDE bus.

After reading the KB articles I guessed that the problem was with the ATA/100 bus.

The install ran fine on the ATA/66 bus. Once I was patched up to where it would support ATA/100 I swapped the drive back. The server has been in production since then without a problem.

YMMV.

Dan



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I tried exaclty the same
Authored by: Alexander Lohse on Jul 15, '03 04:00:19AM

Hi,

I had a really hard time to get this running. I tried many different ways:
- Installing on a second drive on the ATA/66
- Installing the drive in a different machine
- Installing on an external FireWire drive
- Installing via an external machine in HD-Mode

None worked.
The drives would boot fine when installed or attached to a QuickSilver, but not with the FW800. Either ATA100, ATA66 or external FW.

I called Apple and was told that the new FW800 machines need at least a Boot-ROM shipped with 10.2.3.
I would need an 10.2.3 Server Install CD or follow exactly these steps. Which did work.

Regards,

Alex



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