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10.5: Virtualize machine-specific 10.4 in Fusion 2
Authored by: builtinbc on Nov 25, '08 10:39:51AM

I've managed to install Tiger 10.4.10 on a MacBook Pro 2.6 Ghz - well, sort of - using this hint. I used Tiger installer disks I talked Apple into selling me for the previous MBP model that came bundled with it - it took some doing to get these, because mine came with Leopard and wasn't designed to run Tiger. In any event, Tiger runs perfectfully when installed on and booted from a separate partition on my MBP. I used Carbon Copy Cloner to clone my Tiger partition to a new disk created in VMware Fusion 2.0.1. However, I can't boot from a shut down state, only resume from a snapshot. Over time I imagine this will lead to severe memory fragmentation. Does anyone have a fix for this?

My reason for trying to run Tiger is that I use ViaVoice OS X for Mac (I've trained it on thousands of specialized words and phrases, so MacSpeech Dictate doesn't do it for me). Unfortunately it breaks under Leopard. Audio doesn't work in the VMWare installation, but I can run ViaVoice anyway because I can connect my Plantronics USB dictation headset directly. However, performance varies unpredictably from acceptable to awful, depending on what "kernel task" is doing in the background. At best it isn't as accurate as when I boot directly into my Tiger partition, partly because the MBP's audio system seems to improve gain control, so it's less sensitive to headset microphone positioning.

Some folks say Parallels Desktop may be faster, so I upgraded my Parallels to v.4 which also permits OS X 10.5 Server to be installed. However I haven't been successful in getting it to run, although by creating the
/Volumes/Macintosh HD/System/Library/CoreServices/ServerVersion.plist
file in a clone of the client Mac OS X Install Disc 1, Parallels stops complaining that I can only install OS X 10.5 Server. Has anyone successfully figured out how to install a Tiger client iunder Parallels Desktop 4? This is nontrivial , as Parallels equivalent of VMDK Mounter won't allow the virtual disk to be mounted unless a valid Mac OS has already been installed.

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10.5: Virtualize machine-specific 10.4 in Fusion 2
Authored by: mkuron on Nov 30, '08 12:27:35PM

How about connecting the image to a Leopard VM in Parallels? That should allow you to partition/format the virtual disk.

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