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ibook g4

problem installing osk leopard

hello pple
i hope to find a solution for my case
i have ibook g4 with linux os. I have read some topics that my ibook support leopard osx but i don’t
have the dvd installation disc. I have tried over 5 days to boot via usb all
attempts failed!

any suggestions would be appreciated

thanks

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It depends on the iBook itself. According to MacTracker, the model identifier "PowerBook4,3" ("About this Mac" under the Apple Menu item), for example runs OS X in range from 9.2.2/10.2.4 up to 10.4.11, but "PowerBook6,5" and "PowerBook6,7" can run Leopard.

LowEndMac/12″ 800 MHz iBook G4 (Late 2003)

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https://everymac.com/systems/apple/ibook/specs/ibook_g4_1.33_14.html

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Downloading matching DVD images collected here will be the first step, methinks.
Further you need to know which DVDs are supported by the iBooks optical drive, if you want to boot from your optical drive. Many optical drives from that time do not read DVD-R DL which would be needed for Leopard.

If you have another more recent Mac or virtual machine running e.g. Leopard, you might "restore" the installation DVD with DiskUtility onto a small partition of a Firewire disk or onto your internal hard disk.
If you have to use your internal hdd, you would have to take it out of the iBook and connect it to the helper Mac via USB adapter.

Basically you may also install a new System onto the iBook via Firewire target mode.
Another G4 Mac with Firewire 400 connector and a FW-400 cable will be needed to do so.

Last not least it may be possible to boot your iBook via USB, though thats tricky.
MTT has a made valuable suggestions here: https://macintoshgarden.org/forum/usb-booting

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Hi,
regarding booting from USB I used this guide: https://lifedigital2010.wordpress.com/2011/04/03/how-to-install-mac-osx-...

Worked for me for my iBook and Powerbook.

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thanks for reply
I really fed up with usb boot am planning to remove the hdd and but it in to my mbp 2012 and install osx leopard via usb and put it back
does this method works?

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Nah, I don´t think so. Though Leopard can install on PPC and Intel machines, an installation for Intel will not boot a PPC Mac.
What should work is restoring the Leopard installer DVD with the MBP to a partition of the iBook hdd.
DiskUtility should restore the installer allright.
Put back the HDD and boot from the installer partition, run the installer pointing to the larger unused HDD partition.

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thany

can you provide a link to the leopard installer to download it?
much appreciated

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thanks bro is method worked perfect!

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https://macintoshgarden.org/apps/mac-osx-mac-os-10-ppc

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sir there is a lot of images and iso which one should i choose?

24bit's picture
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I did use #33 a while ago. Everything went well. Smile

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usb boot or dvd?

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Neither of them. Wink
I did restore the Leo DVD content to a Firewire drive and installed from there.
My Mac Mini combo drive does not read DVD-R DL and the USB burner can not boot - but it reads the DVD-R DL.

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The joy of having multiple Mac Minis and a FireWire crossover cable is that I always have an external HD Laughing out loud Every Mac I've got that doesn't have a recovery partition has an install CD/disk restored to a partition on the internal HD named "Recovery".

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Nice idea to have it handy if needed.

I remember did this with GS/OS 6 on a ZIP disk partitioned for each floppy.