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10.4: Install Tiger on older unsupported Macs
Authored by: RabidFox on Dec 19, '05 12:56:28PM

What wasn't mentioned by the original posting or its followups is that these original instructions are useful instruction for opening a iMac G5 Install disc (eBay, $45) to work with any system that can use the OS X binaries. Myself, I went through the file mentioned by the original poster and instead of commenting out regions, I forced a return (true) result whenever it might have returned false for the sections that blocked my Powermac G4 from installing the iMac G5 install disks. I was able to install everything, including iLife '05, Quicken 2005, etc., without any problems.

I'm glad someone brought this up, so I could mention this technique without being the one who first breached the topic.

Here's a couple notes:

1. The iMac G5 install disks are dual layer. You will need to use a dual layer capable system, with dual layer DVDs. You only need to edit Disk 1. Ritek (memorex, etc.) DL DVDs work fine.

2. OS X versions prior to Tiger cannot natively burn dual layer disks. If this is a problem for you (ie, Toast is too expensive) then you can download the trial version of Dragonburn 4.0 from NTI(?)'s website -- you get ten trials, and 30 days in which to do your stuff after which you can use Tiger with its dual layer support. If you've already got Toast or Dragonburn, nevermind.



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Not working with iSight iMac Install Disks
Authored by: bux on Dec 19, '05 09:12:29PM

Maybe this works with older G5 Install disks, or perhaps there's a step missing, but when I try this with the Install disk from the G5 iSight iMac I get the following error when attempting to copy the modified file onto the new disk image:

"OsInstall.dist cannot be moved because 'Contents' cannot be modified."

Any suggestions? Tried checking "ignore ownership" in get info, but no luck there either.



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Not working with iSight iMac Install Disks
Authored by: jroach on Jan 02, '06 02:33:55PM

Same here. Somehow Apple has made the Disc and any copied image not writable. I notice that in the 'Get Info' window for the mounted Disc Image under Permissions it says that the Owner is 'System'.



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10.4: Install Tiger on older unsupported Macs
Authored by: acurarollin on Jan 23, '06 12:04:20AM

Ok so I have a G5 tiger disc as well and i went through the original process burned back to dvd, Im running Tiger x86 on my Sony Vaio :) so i can burn DL disc's (works great btw) but anyway now i can get passed the machine id check when it looks for a g5 and i have a g4 sawtooth but it stops at the OSX install screen and says "this software cannot be installed on this system" So i went back into the osinstall.dist and went a little farther in the code and found a spot where it listed "var hwbeSupportedMachines = ['PowerMac8,2'];" obviously to check for a G5 I assume. So I had to change that to my machine id which was PowerMac3,1. Im burning it AGAIN so im gonna try and see if this works. Wish me luck



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