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10.3: Upgrade CDs require existing 10.2 installation
Authored by: rbriber on Oct 31, '03 04:14:01PM

I found this out too with a older Ti Powerbook (667 MHz -vga video-out). I wiped the disk and tried to install 10.3 from the "Upgrade" disks and received the error that I needed a valid 10.2 install on the disk. I did this.

I reinstalled 10.2.0, and started up from the Panther disk. Interestingly, the Panther upgrade gives you the option of wiping the disk before the install, presumably giving your a "fresh" 10.3 installation rather than an upgrade.

Then I ran into the difficulty that there was no 0S 9 version for Classic installed. I tried booting and installing from an OS 9 (9.2.1) disk but that gave an error that the machine was not supported. This was odd since the Powerbook was an OS 9 era machine that predated 9.2.1. I realized that I could wipe the drive again, install 0S 9 from the original system disks, upgrade to 9.2.2, install 10.2, upgrade to 10.3, but was dismayed at the amount of work this would entail.

I finally solved the OS 9 problem by mounting the Powerbook disk, which had the 10.3 install, in target mode on a desktop Dual Mirror Drive door G4 machine and installing from the 0S 9 9.2.1 disk from the MDD machine on to the Powerbook disk.


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