Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Install Mac Os X Leopard(10.5) to iBook G4 without CD/DVD
Hello. A few days ago, I've bought a cheap iBook(14", 1.42Ghz PPC). Unfortunately it's CD/DVD Drive not working. But I've got an Intel iMac(Snow Leopard 10.6.8) at home as well. Also, I've got Leopard & Snow Leopard Discs. But unfortunately I've lost my Leopard disc. But there is a luck, I made a dmg from Leopard DVD before I lost it. Cause I like USB installs.
iBooks & other PPC Macs not supporting USB boot. Also, without installation DVD there is no meaning Target Disk Mode because I've got an Intel iMac & you can't install Leopard to a PPC Mac using Intel Mac.
I've searched internet like hell to solve a solution, but couldn't find it. The best answer I found was there is no way of doing this: "Nope that wont work. It will install an x86 version of leopard on your powerbook. (Assuming your putting the powerbook in target mode and installing from the macbook)"(Matt321-macforums)
So, I thought something that could work. At first try, I've managed to install Leopard to my new iBook G4:
What You Need: You need another Mac(I used Intel iMac 20'' Core 2 Duo) that uses Firewire 400 & a firewire cable. Also Leopard installation disc or Leopard dmg file.
1- I opened iBook G4 with pressing & hold "T" button on the keyboard. Eventually screen will show Firewire icon.
2- Then con Firewire cable to my Intel iMac. iMac recognized my iBook G4's Hard Drive as an external HDD.
3- I've opened Disk Utility(Applications - Utilities - Disk Utility) then clicked "Partition". Selected "Option" button at the bottom and then "Apple Partition Map" & pressed OK.
4- Then I've changed Volume Scheme from "Current" to "2 Partitions". I've renamed partitions as MACINTOSH & LEOPARD_BOOT. I gave LEOPARD_BOOT partition 8GB. Rest remained at MACINTOSH part. With Format: "Mac Os Extended(Journaled) selected, I pressed Apply. This would take a few minutes.
5- Put your Leopard Installation Disc to your primary machine(i used iMac) or double click your prepared Leopard dmg file. You will see ''Mac Os X Install DVD'' at the left side on the Disk Utility. Select it & click ''Restore'' at the top. Put ''Mac Os X Install DVD'' to Source & LEOPARD_BOOT to Destination. At the end, click Restore button at the bottom. This will take some moments. When it finishes, close Disk Utility.
6- Shutdown your iBook G4. Unplug Firewire cable. Then reopen it with ALT "Option" Key. Select LEOPARD_BOOT at opening & you will see installation starting.
7- When installation finished, open iBook G4 with ALT "Option" Key again. But this time, select MACINTOSH partition. System must open without any fail.
8- If you want you can delete or erase LEOPARD_BOOT partition with Disk Utility.
Installation took almost 1 hour. I've heard normal Leopard installations take longer than 5 hours with optical drive. So, this method should be the fastest way to install Leopard to your G4 PPC Mac.
NOTE: I tested this method on iBook G4 14'' 1.42Ghz, İbook G4 12'' 1.33Ghz & Powerbook G4 17'' 1.67Ghz machines. With this method, you can even install Tiger(10.4) on your PPC machine.
That's it. Thanks for reading this tutorial. Stay in tune.