Latest thrift store find - Ruby iMac (400MHz G3)
lproven at gmail.com
Sun Jun 14 07:31:23 CDT 2009
2009/6/13 Guy Sotomayor <ggs at shiresoft.com>:
> On Jun 12, 2009, at 3:01 PM, Guy Sotomayor wrote:
>> On Jun 12, 2009, at 2:52 PM, Dave McGuire wrote:
>>> On Jun 12, 2009, at 5:45 PM, Ethan Dicks wrote:
>>>> After some poking around, it looks like the former owner upgraded it
>>>> from OS9 and used AOL, but did at least clean most of the personal
>>>> data out. I should drop a larger hard drive in there and do a fresh
>>>> install of 10.4 (since I never really used 8 or 9 much, and 10.4 is as
>>>> high as it goes for PPC)
>>> 10.5 supports PPC.
>> Yes, but Leopard (10.5) doesn't run on a machine that old.
> To be fully accurate, Leopard doesn't run on a machine that slow. I believe
> the cutoff was 867MHz. And as was announced at WWDC on Monday, Snow Leopard
> doesn't support any of the PPC machines.
You're close, but no cigar.
Leopard (10.5) requires a /G4/ of at least 867MHz. The kernel is
compiled against a G4 and will not boot on a G3. The check can be
bypassed with an app called LeopardAssist or an OpenFirmware hack.
Tiger (10.4) will run fine, if a little slowly, on a G3; my own B&W
runs it. Officially, though, it required a machine with a bootable
(i.e., not external USB or Firewire) DVD-ROM drive & built-in
Firewire. These requirements can be bypassed with an app called
Panther (10.3) requires a G3 or above and built-in USB. The USB
requirement can be bypassed with XPostFacto.
Jaguar requires any G3 or better. This requirement can be bypassed
with XPostFacto and it can be run on PPC604 machines, although it is
Not Quick. I've tried it. It is the last version of OS X to run on
pre-G3 Macs. Sadly it does not support SMP on pre-G3s, because a lot
of us would *love* to see it running on one of the late-model pre-G3
Macs, like a dual-processor PowerMac 9600 or a Daystar Genesis, one of
the licenced clones which could take quadruple PPC604 CPUs.
Jaguar was the first version of OS X I found polished and smooth
enough to be usable as the machine's primary OS, myself - and many
other would agree, I think.
10.1, 10.0 and the Public Beta could be coaxed onto many of the
late-generation, fast, fully-32-bit PCI-based PowerMacs, although
sometimes this required tweaks, such as making a 640MB partition,
copying the install CD onto it, then editing some of the installation
config files. BTDTGTTS.
However, they were really rather crude and clunky, if absolutely
beautiful to look at for their time.
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