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Mac OS PowerBook G4 Titanium 400/500 CD Set

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Complete set of software install discs included with the original Titanium Powerbook G4, model PowerBook3,2 400 MHz and 500 MHz models.

    The PowerBook G4/400/500 (Titanium) features a PowerPC 7410 (G4) processor with the AltiVec "Velocity Engine" vector processing unit and 1 MB backside level 2 cache, PC100 SDRAM, a Ultra ATA/66 hard drive, a slot-loading 6X DVD-ROM drive, and ATI Rage Mobility 128 (2X AGP) graphics with 8 MB of SDRAM in a 1-inch thick Titanium case with a 15.2" TFT display (1152x768 native resolution). Custom configurations also were available. It also is worth noting that the PowerBook G4/400 (Titanium) is much thinner than the PowerBook G3/400 (Firewire) that it replaced, but lacks swappable drive bays.

- excerpt adapted from specs

See also: Mac OS PowerBook G4 Titanium DVI 667/800 CD Set

Architecture: PPC PPC (Carbonized)

Titanium PowerBook G4 400 MHz and 500 MHz models


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by neozeed - 2018, May 16 - 4:43pm

The DVD drive in my TiBook is busted, but works fine in another Mac, so I setup the FireWire boot, and got the "no configuration error found", while booting up the CD1.

On the back it says it's a model M5884 (c) 2000

Machine ID: 406
Model name: PowerBook G4

Looking up the SN says:

PowerBook G4 - M7710LL/A

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by cyberish - 2017, April 28 - 6:45pm

I just uploaded that homebrew CD-cover .jpg for CD printing purposes.

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by pctek - 2016, May 17 - 7:33pm

first many apologies for posting this here but I couldn't find anything here on this macbook pro so I didn't know where else I could post

hey again sfp1954 I just got a better macbook pro 1278 out of the trash, it need the power cord patched which was an easy fix, it even came with the mac os x snow leapord dvd and applications dvd which about floored me. The only thing is it seems to run slow and I'm not sure why, it's runnimg @ intel core 2 duo 2.4GHz with 4gb's the link to it I thought maybe the graphics card needed updating but the only thing is I can find at the nvidia website is beta drivers so I don't know. thanks in advance

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by pctek - 2016, May 12 - 2:48pm

I would take you up on that but similar to yours my titanium also has several descent size lines in the screen, I'm not so sure it'd be worth fixing LOL. This laptop is pretty much experimental, may end up parting it out, I'm not 100% sure

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by sfp1954 - 2016, May 12 - 3:03am

I have several Wallstreets, PIsmos, a 500 MHz Titanium and an 867 Titanium with one bad column of pixels.
Also have 1.67GHz G4s, but they won't run OS9 natively.
Will fix your Titanium if you want to pay shipping both ways.

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by pctek - 2016, May 12 - 2:05am

ok thanks a ton in advance, I'm gonna see what I can do about maybe just getting a whole other laptop, I think I saw one ebay for around $50 or so complete so I'll see.

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by sfp1954 - 2016, May 12 - 12:15am

You can't boot from USB on PPC Machines (Powerbooks, Power Macs). So you can't use a USB stick or an external USB drive to run the PowerBook. You can get a 20-40GB IDE Laptop Drive for $10-15 on ebay (assuming you have the other drive related parts).

The "restore" function is meant to reload your internal HD back to original configuration. But since you have no internal HD...

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by pctek - 2016, May 11 - 4:35pm

I'm saying that the IDE hard drive is missing which is why I'm trying to install mac os x to the flash drive. When I burned the mac os 9.1 (to usb flash drive using transmac) it booted to 9.1 and installed it to a secondary flash drive with no problem. I have also burned the first restore cd using transmac as well which is why I'm wondering whats up with the error messaage as follows........"cannot find any configruation to restore" It tries to boot but then I'm presented with that error message with either the option to restart or shut down. I would screen shot it but I'm not sure how if at all possible I could post it here.

I did read one of the .pdf files which stated something about it has to be on a seperate partition (i think) and it needed to be HFS+ But yet when I google the error message it says installing to usb drive(s) is not supported for mac os x........Sorry I am brand new to mac and not real sure as I am used to windows based pcs as well as some experience with linux (ubuntu) based distros

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by sfp1954 - 2016, May 11 - 4:28am

Are you saying you have no internal HD? Or DVD? Or an external firewire drive?
In general you can only boot from USB on Intel machines.
You can install to anywhere, but only an internal IDE HD (or CD/DVD) or external firewire drive will be bootable.
Have you burned either the 9.1 disk or disk 1 of the restore set to CD and tried to boot from it?
Using Apple Disk Utility in OSX is the easiest way.

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by pctek - 2016, May 11 - 2:18am

I'm guessing that since I'm using a usb flash drive to install it to thats the reason it's giving me the error. What i dont get is why mac os 9.2.1 installs to usb flash drive, is there any way at all around this? Cause I have no IDE hdd and even if I did I'm not 100 positive thats the problem

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by sfp1954 - 2016, May 11 - 12:05am

If you have correctly burned restore disks 1-3 disk 1 should be bootable.

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by pctek - 2016, May 10 - 5:17pm

this is exactly what my old powerbook G4 has been needing, however i have no clue whatsoever in what order these go in. when i try to restore the pc it gives me a no configuration error found, whatever that means. Do I need mac os 9.1.1 installed before i attempt any of this? I have already tried both with 9.2.2 and no os at all installed.....any help or reference to some guidance would be appreciated as I am brand new to mac, tyia

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by MikeTomTom - 2015, May 28 - 11:33pm

Thank you for archiving this rare collection complete. Excellent.