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OS 10.4 - Installing Tiger on g4


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Im trying to install 10.4.8 on a G4 thats got OSX 9 on it. I put in the CD and it told me to restart, it restarted and i now have a screen with a grey background with a dark grey box saying restart

Over the top of that is a bunch of writing for example..

panic(cpu 0 caller 0x002E54BC): Unable to find driver for this platform: "Powermac3,6"

Darwin Kenel Version 8.84: SUn Oct 29 15:30:27 PST 2006; root:nxu-792.16.4.obj~1/RELEASER_PPC panic: we are hanging here


Hmmm i tried restarting and i get the same... what am i doing wrong?
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Is the install disc a DVD? If so that's why it won't work. That DVD will only work on the Mac it came with....AFAIK

You can ring Apple and ask them to send you a Tiger install CD, which will cost though...

Are there any peripherals attached to the G4? Try it again with them removed.
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its the Mac OS X Install Disc 1 of 2 thats in there - it came with my mac pro, will it only work on my mac then? only thing i have attached is monitor keyboard and USB stick - shall i remove the USb stick?
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Joe, all you can do is to remove the peripheral and try again....but you might find that the install disc (CD/DVD?) that came with your Mac Pro won't work. Tell me about the disc drive...is it an add on or an original that came with the G4?
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tried removing USB - still the same - i also cant remove the disk either so now i'm a little screwed. how can i remove the CD from the drive? ive tried pressing eject but it only opens when in OSX itself not when booting up is my understanding?

Pulse - i dont know about the disk drive its an old g4 i found at work ive tried to get working! Im awaiting the company to buy the new macs but need a mac today to do some work so thought i would give this a try
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The DVD's that came with your Mac Pro will not work on a G4. First a G4 is a Power PC CPU while your Mac Pro is Intel. Intel OSX will not boot on a PPC machine. Also Apple usually makes the install media that ships with a machine like your Mac Pro for that machine and it will not always work with a different mac. You will need a copy of OSX for the Power PC. Then it should install.

To get the CD/DVD out of the drive, hold down the Mouse button after the power button is pressed till the CD tray opens.
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i think ill put this old g4 to the mac graveyard then! any ideas how i can get my dvd out?
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i'm guessing it won't work. those disks are for an intel mbp. they might not even work on a normal macbook much less something with a ppc.

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i think ill put this old g4 to the mac graveyard then! any ideas how i can get my dvd out?


To get the CD/DVD out of the drive, hold down the Mouse button after the power button is pressed till the CD tray opens.
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its the Mac OS X Install Disc 1 of 2 thats in there - it came with my mac pro, will it only work on my mac then? only thing i have attached is monitor keyboard and USB stick - shall i remove the USb stick?
Won't work. Those disks are model specific. You need to get a full install Tiger install disk, you cannot use your Mac Pro disk on another machine. Just like dtravis and eric said.
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