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Howto: Install Final Cut Pro 4 on G3 Macs
Authored by: nuxx on Nov 24, '05 06:19:47AM
A step by step howto on installing Final Cut Pro HD 4.5 on a G3 mac I haven't tried this procedure with other FCP 4.x versions - but they are probably quite similar if not identical in this respect.
  • Open your FinalCutPro DVD
  • Select the shortcut that says Install Final Cut Pro HD - or equivalent
  • Press cmd - r (Apple Button and R)
    -- this should take you to the installer dir hidden on the DVD
  • Copy the contents of this folder to a folder on your harddrive
    -- close the DVD (to avoid confusion)
  • Open the new folder on your harddrive with the files you just copied
  • Open the packages folder which should be inside it
  • Ctrl-click the FinalCutProHD4.5.pkg and select show contents of package
    -- observe that you are indeed opening the file in the packages folder and NOT the one named FinalCutProHD.mpkg on the level above it - the latter is only used when you are going to install later
  • Locate this file within the FinalCutProHD4.5.pkg: Contents / Resources / InstallationCheck
  • Open InstallationCheck in a text editor - for instance TextEdit
The code to edit is actually quite obvious: Somewhere early on in the document is an if-clause that looks like this:
#set the exit value dependant on the hardware present
        if(!$hasG4)
        {
        	$EXIT_VALUE = ((1 << 6) | ( 1 << 5 ) | 16 );
		last;
        }
This clause acts if your CPU doesn't meet the requirements and quits with a corresponding error message.

You simply apply a " # " in front of each line inside the clause like this:
        if(!$hasG4)
        {
		# $EXIT_VALUE = ((1 << 6) | ( 1 << 5 ) | 16 );
		# last;
        }
This means the code is treated as comments and won't be carried out when the program runs - hence the installer will continue even though your hardware is 'inferior'.

- save the file, install by using the FinalCutProHD.mpkg located in the dir you copied to, reboot.

Once installed:
  • Locate the FinalCutProHD application in your Applications folder
  • Ctrl-click it and select show contents of package
  • Open the Contents folder
  • Open the file Info.plist in a text editor (perhaps do perform a backup of the file first)
  • Locate this code:
<key>AELRequiredCPUType</key>
<string>G4</string>
Delete those two lines... yep... get rid of them - save

You should now be able to run the program - works for me on an 800mhz iBook G3

Good luck

- nuxx

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