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    Trouble installing OS X Tiger on G3 with no DVD drive using external firewire hdd
    Here's the short of it:
    -I bought an iBook new from apple 2 years ago, it came with OS X 10.4 Tiger and the black OS X Tiger DVD
    -That one got ruined so I bought a cheaper old G3 800mhz with no DVD drive running 10.3
    -I now need OS X 10.4 to use my new iPod touch, I don't want to use Apple's media exchange program, I just want to use this

    Here's what I've done:
    -I partitioned a firewire hard drive on a friends mac, did a restore to partition one and named it `Mac OS X Install DVD`. The files are on it and when I plug it into the G3 it shows up on my desktop (along with the other partition that I used to back it up)
    -When I select is as the start-up disk in sys prefs and hit reboot I have no luck, it just goes to my desktop.
    -If I hold option during boot it shows only my name with an arrow. Hitting that arrow goes to my desktop
    -If I try to run the installer by clicking its icon inside the firewire partition folder that shows up on my desktop `Please use the application provided on the installation disc`
    -I also tried to go to the /System/Installation/Packages folder which contains all the .pkg files used by the Mac OS X Install disc then clicked OSInstall.mpkg file and got "BaseSystem cannot be installed on this computer."

    I'm stuck!
    I think maybe the drive just not named right and has to match the DVD, whats the exact name, anyone? Or if you don't think thats it, what gives?! I think maybe the drive isn't bootable?? Its set as journaled. Any way to do this on the fly or what? I'd like to solve this with exactly what I have now without buying an external DVD drive until I absolutely feel I have to.

    What do I do? Help me genius'!

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    What's the source of your Tiger? Is it the full retail or the one from your G4?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alexis View Post
    What's the source of your Tiger? Is it the full retail or the one from your G4?
    Its the one from my tiger which I thought should be a-ok as I bought it refurbished, it came only in just a little sleeve, and it doesn't system restore, etc. it looks just like this:



    Inside of it there are multiple directories, etc.

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    Yep, that's the full retail version.

    Looking at your original post, I'm not sure it's actually possible to install from an external hard drive. I've installed it on a G4 with an external Firewire DVD drive, and that worked fine.

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