Question about Apple Power Mac G4 Desktop
My gray Mac (Quicksilver) G4 tower ran OS X tiger quite smoothly. After some unsuccessful experiments trying to install OS 10.6 (involving typing some code in the firmware) it now runs only OS 9 . When I try to reinstall OS 10.3 or 10.4 it stops with an error message saying it cannot install it. Apart from the moral to be content with what one has, any suggestions welcome and thanks.
I would suggest sticking with Tiger. How to reinstall:
I assume you put the Tiger disc in the drive and rebooted while holding C or you changed your startup disc in System Preferences.
As you are clicking through the installation program, look for a "Options" button at the bottom, I believe. Click the button. Look for the "Archive and Install" option. Careful: **DON'T select "Erase and Install" unless you want everything erased off your hard drive.
There is a small risk of data loss when installing the operating system. You should have backups of your important pictures, documents, etc. You should have backups of your home folder. [The free Carbon Copy Cloner can make a copy of your hard drive onto an external hard drive. It can also make a disk image you can save to an external hard drive, if there's other stuff on the drive.]
Select "Archive and Install," which will save your previous OS in a folder and install Tiger. It will not touch your pictures, documents, etc.
After that, you should be good to go. If not, let us know and we'll do our best to help.
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Posted on May 01, 2010
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