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How to 'fix' a broken SATA power connector Install
Perhaps this is an evident hint, but I think it might help some of us who are not very hardware savvy!

I was replacing a hard drive in a G5 tower when I broke the power cable of one of the SATA drives (yeah I know, I'm very clumsy!). So I checked the drive and I saw the standard power adapter found in all hard drives, and I thought 'hey, perhaps I can split the power from the DVD drive and connect the SATA hard drive (and save $100 hehe!).

So that's what I did. I used a good old Y-splitter to split the power lead of the DVD drive, and then pass the connectors on the side of the G5, connecting it to the SATA hard drive. It's clean and it's working perfectly !

I hope this tip can "save lives" (or at least some bucks) for those who are very clumsy like myself.
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Partition a hard disk without losing data Install
Have you ever wanted to partition your disk without re-formatting your hard drive? Now you can, with the help of the Boot Camp Assistant.

Download and install Boot Camp Assistant and run it. You do not have to burn the Macintosh Drivers CD since you are not installing XP. Follow the instructions until after the disk partitionning screen. Instead of installing XP, click Restart. Now you have an un-mounted XP partition.

Next, boot your Mac with the Tiger Installation CD and run Disk Utility. Click on the XP partition (it has a weird name with letters and numbers) and click Erase. Choose Mac OS Extended (Journaled) as the format and write a name for the partition. Then, click Security Options... and check Zero Out Data. After that, click Erase and wait for Disk Utility to finish. Now you can either install Mac OS on this partition or restart your computer. (You may have to mount the volume with Disk Utility.)

Note: If you get a message asking for your password, or saying that you don't have sufficient privileges when you try to access your newly-created partition after restarting your computer, Control-click the partition and select Get Info, expand the Ownership & Permissions section, and check Ignore ownership on this volume and select Read & Write permissions.

[kirkmc adds: Naturally, you should back up your data before doing this. (Which begs the question of whether it is worth doing in the first place; you can just back up your data and partition the main drive, then copy the backup back...) Also, there's a chance you may not be able to un-partition or re-partition the drive without Boot Camp.]
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Install a slot-loading DVD drive in the iBook G3 Install
Per Apple (and others, I think), "slot loading drives are not compatible with the iBook G3." But it works in mine now. I just completed this difficult mod yesterday, and since the info was hard to find, I figured I should share it.

The secret is that the iBook G3 has only one ATA bus, so you must have a proper master/slave relationship. I bought a slot-loading DVD/CDRW combo drive (Apple's Model CW-8123-C) on eBay for $26 for this project. Google research told me this model is hard-set to Master, with no jumpers or whatnot. Therefore, I had to set my new hard drive to Slave (might as well upgrade it, too, if you're going that deep into the guts of the iBook).

My iBook is the 12" 800Mhz G3 CD-ROM model, introduced in April of 2003. I don't know if the following is true of all iBooks with this chassis, but this was the real scary part: When I finally got to the internals and disconnected the ATA cable from the old hard drive, I discovered that the wired ATA cable's hard drive connector is extended to cover the 2 left-side jumper pins! The hard drive upgrade I got was the Hitachi Travelstar 5K100, so the jumper setting that cable would have affected would render the new hard drive inoperable.
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How to solve a 'no software to install' error Install
I previously tried to install a new Version of iWork from the original DVD on a Mac of a collegue. After clicking through the installer, it displayed an error message "No Software found to install." (I translated this from German -- the original English message might be a bit different).

After some searches in different forums on the web, where I did not found a solution but several people with the same problem, I remembered something I read before while creating an own installer for another project with Apple Package Maker. The Apple installer searches the /Library/Receipts directory for existing older packages of the same software that should be installed.

The final solution to the problem was to completely delete all similar packages (in my case the packages for iWork, Pages and "Keynote) from the Receipts folder. Obviously, there had been some older versions of iWork installed before, but they were deleted out of the Applications folder. Hopefully this hint will save some of you some valuable time in similar cases.

[robg adds: We've run some previous hints on removing specific items from the /Library/Receipts folder, but we've never run a general hint on the subject. So I thought I'd use this one as the general tip, too -- if you're having trouble re-installing something that was installed via the Apple Installer, check the Receipts folder. If you find a folder there for the app in question, move it somewhere safe (just in case!), then re-run the troublesome installer. If it works, trash the moved receipt. If it doesn't work, then there are other things going on...]
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Create a hard-drive based OS X installer Install
A recent post reminded me of a trick I've been using for the past year or so with great success, so I figured I'd share. Being a Mac specialist, I find myself having to do OS installs on a pretty regular basis. I carry around a couple of 2.5" FireWire hard drives loaded with installers, diagnostics, and other goodies.

I wanted to be able to install the OS from one of my hard drives, like in the old days of OS 9, instead of having to boot the the machine from a CD or DVD. So here's what I did:

I used Mike Bombich's NetRestore Helper application (part of the NetRestore package) to create an Apple Software Restore (ASR) disk image of the Mac OS X install DVD. Then I applied that disk image to a partition on one of my hard drives, and voila! I had a clone of the install disc on my hard drive, which boots in seconds, and takes mere minutes to perform a system install (depending, obviously, on the speed of the machine you're working on, and which options you're installing).

Read on for a step-by-step walkthrough and some additional notes and thoughts.
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10.4: Avoid a possible Installer crash Install
Tiger only will crash if you tab to the Agree button in the license agreement, then hit the Space Bar to press the button -- it crashes when you get to the last step (after selecting the destination). Also, the text Click install to perform a basic installation of this software package on the volume "VolumeYouSelected." is up and to the left of where it should be.

This assumes you have the "All controls" radio button selected in the Keyboard Shortcuts tab of the Keyboard & Mouse System Preferences panel. You can toggle this setting from anywhere by hitting Control-F7.

To work around this bug, click the button with the mouse and avoid using full keyboard access in this particular spot. I've only confirmed this on Mac OS X.4.3.
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10.4: Install OS X without first rebooting from DVD Install
Tiger only hintI couldn't find this anywhere in the hints and, in fact, I can't believe I never tried it until now. I needed to reinstall Tiger on a drive, but couldn't spare a reboot on any machine so I figured I'd look for the installer package on the DVD.

It turns out (I successfully tested this) you can just run the OSInstall.mpkg located in /System -> Installation -> Packages on the DVD.

Of course, this never worked under earlier versions of the OS, as the installer was split among multiple discs (and I'd assume that's still true for the CD replacement disc set for the Tiger Install Discs).

I just saved myself about a half hour of would-be wasted time.
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How to install BEA WebLogic Server 9.0 Install
Want to run BEA System's WebLogic Server on OS X? The first step is to download the 'generic' version of WebLogic Server (WLS) 9.0. I used the HP-UX 11 version for Itanium processors. The downloaded file is named server900_generic.jar. To install, simply open up and type:
$ java -jar server900_generic.jar
When you press return, the graphical installer will run and install WLS 9.0. Native libraries that provide a performance boost will not be used on Mac OS X, but this will allow the server to be installed and start up. I've posted a (slightly more detailed) write-up on my own blog.

Disclaimer: I work for BEA Systems (Federal), and they do not support WebLogic Server on Mac OS X.
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10.4: Install Tiger on older unsupported Macs Install
Tiger only hintPanther (10.3) was able to install perfectly on the older iMacs and Power Macs (Blue & Whites). Now, becasue a FireWire port is required, you cannot install on those machines. There are, however, two ways you can install it on unsupported machines. You can either clone a drive that already has Tiger running, or you can burn a compatible copy of the install disc. I will only cover how to reburn the DVD in this tutorial.

You Need:
  1. At least 256MB RAM in the computer you plan to install Tiger on.
  2. A working Mac with a DVD Superdrive. It doesn't matter whether external or internal, but it must be a burner.
  3. The mac you plan to install Tiger on must have a DVD drive.
Read on for the instructions...
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Use an OS X Mac to install OSs on Intel machines Install
I often need to install OSs on Intel boxes, which frequently come without CDs or floppy these days. After some playing, here is how I use my PowerBook running OS X to do the job via pxeboot. The following example shows OpenBSD as the OS to install on the Intel box.

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