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    Question install from external hard drive
    I want to install 10.4 on a G4 that doesn't have an internal DVD (only CD). I have an external DVD it wont install from that because its USB not firewire. Can i copy the install DVD to my external fireawire hardrive and install it from there? if not i'll invest the $30 in a new internal DVD drive.

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    You do need the external optical drive to be Firewire as PowerPC (PPC) machines do not normally boot from USB, even USB2. It will install provided the original disc is a full retail install DVD and not a gray coloured system restore disc from a different machine.

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    it is, just took it out of the wrapper but can I copy it to the external firewire hard drive and install from there?

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    Dual 1.8 Ghz PowerPC G4 (Gigadesing Processor), 1.75GB SDRAM, Pioneer DVD, XFX Nvidia 6200 256mb
    Have you tried making a disc image of the 10.4 install disc and putting it on your external drive? That should work... I think ;/

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    In your post you said you had an external DVD - that is what needs to be firewire to be bootable. From time to time Tiger is advertised on eBay etc in CD format - you may need one of those. Copying disk images of OS for install is flakey.

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