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    Jun 05, 2007
    Reformating of ailing G4 Notebook using MacBook CDs
    I just got a new MacBook to replace my old G4 Notebook that I got second hand. The aging G4 is full of an accumulation of stuff I'd like to get rid of, so I can continue to use it for emergencies. The problem is I don't have the original reinstallation CDs to use to reformat the G4's hard drive. Is it possible to use the CDs that came with my MacBook, or am I better off just leaving it alone? Thanks!

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    Oct 10, 2004
    27" 3.4 Ghz i7 iMac-13" C2D Macbook-OSX 10.10.2 -64Gb iPad 2-64 Gb iPhone 6+-ATV 2-14Tb of Storage
    Nope. The discs that came with you MacBook will only work on a MacBook and nothing else. On top of that, the discs that came with your MacBook have the Intel version of OSX, not a Universal or PPC version that would work on the G4.

    You need to either find a set of discs for your G4 (check e-bay) or buy the full retail version of OSX which is Universal.

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    Jun 05, 2007
    Thank you so much! I'm sure you saved me a lot of grief!

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    Jan 04, 2005
    Modesto, Ca.
    iMac late 2007 10.11.b4, iMac 2008 10.10.5, Macbook2007 10.7.5, Mac Mini 10.7.5, iPhone 3GS Note 8!!
    Quote Originally Posted by techhappy View Post
    Thank you so much! I'm sure you saved me a lot of grief!
    Besides the legal issues, and the fact that the DVD/CD that comes with most Macs is for that machine and will not work on a different model Mac, Your MacBook is Intel and needs an Intel version of OSX. Your G4 needs a Power PC version of OSX. The G4 will not even boot off the media that came with your MacBook.

    Hope that helps.

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