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10.4: Install Tiger via Target Disk Mode
Authored by: da5idonimac on May 03, '05 11:44:01AM

i had the same problem - i solved a bit differently, as someone suggested in the spymac forum:
my computers: imac G4 without dvd, powerbook G4 with dvd

1. insert install dvd in powerbook
2. reboot powerbook holding 't' for firewire target mode
3. connect imac to powerbook with firewire cable
4. reboot imac holding down 'alt'
5. in the appearing screen, select the dvd as boot source (might take a second for it to appear)
6. click on the arrow-button
7. the installation starts

the reason why i chose this method: i rather have the installer running on the machine im an installing on, then on a different machine. i don't know if it makes a different, it just made me feel safer.

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Doesn't work with old pmac G4s
Authored by: atallj on May 14, '05 12:58:20AM

I tried to install tiger onto my c. 2000 G4 (AGP) pmac but it didn't work. Doing it your way of booting off the dvd mounted on my mini from the G4 hung during boot, and installing it onto a G4 partition from my mini hung after rebooting subsequent to the install (exactly the same type, i.e. signs, of hang as before). So I have to say that Apple needs to revise their claim of tiger running on *all* G4 AGPs, or at least say in advance for it to run on those machines, it needs blahblahblah, i.e. there's a distinction between saying it can run, and it *does* run.

Note: when calling Apple support, the support person was more interested in determining if I had multiple versions of tiger running rather than solving the problem. It was a bit hard to convince the guy that when only 9Gig of it was allocated for the mac world of the total 130Gig of hard drive space I had for that machine, and the rest was for linux, that I was using it as a mac machine and not just a test bed for determining whether tiger was going to screw me around. In the end, I had to figure out how to install tiger onto the partition that subsequently would not boot. I think of this experience as evidence of the progressive microsoftification of Apple.

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OK. Life is normal again.
Authored by: atallj on May 14, '05 12:07:12PM

Well, I've cooled off after the episode with the Apple Support Rep. An interesting artifact of that experience is that I temporary lost my maglite and took an hour to find it this morning. I had it in my hand while talking, and sometime while I was getting more and more angry, I put it down (it ended up in a drawer...closed) and consequently became totally lost. At some point I was beginning to believe in those Phillip Pullman cuts in the fabric of reality that I had somehow pushed my maglite. Anyway, back to tiger.

The issue with the old G4s is that it will not boot with an adaptec scsi card installed, see:

Seth, the person responsible for the above blog, solved it by removing the adaptec card, however I'm wondering now, since tiger is installed onto a partition of the G4, whether the base system can be modified to allow tiger to finish booting. I know that in order to get my orb drive to work with the older versions (10.2 & 10.3) that I had to remove an adaptec driver (don't immediately know which one it is since my G4 pmac is booted into linux at the moment). I may play around with it when I have some time.

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