The first machine I tried to install my shiny new copy of Tiger onto was my Powerbook G3 Lombard (Bronze Keyboard). That's when I found out that Apple decided to remove my laptop from the list of supported installs.
Now I had only three options:
- Stay with OSX 10.3.9,
- Wait for XPostFacto to support Tiger, or
- Find a workaround.
I chose door number 3.
I had just spent a large chunk of money on new memory and a larger hard drive only to find out that Apple's newest OS won't work. Some internet searching proved that the pre-releases of Tiger did work with the Lombard Powerbooks, so my belief was that Apple just changed the installer to exclude my favorite computer. I was correct. Here is how I was able to install OSX 10.4 on my Powerbook G3 Lombard.
- Attach an external hard drive to the laptop (I have a PCMCIA firewire card so I used a firewire drive, but I imagine a USB drive would work, too.)
- Use Carbon Copy Cloner to place a copy of the laptop hard drive onto the external drive.
- Move the external drive to a Mac supported by the Tiger installer (I used my G4, if you don't have one, find a friend who does.)
- Install Tiger onto the external drive.
- Move the drive back to the laptop.
- Use Carbon Copy Cloner to copy the external drive onto the laptop internal drive
I now have a working copy of Tiger running on my Powerbook G3 Lombard. I've only had it working for a couple of hours, but I haven't found anything that doesn't work like it should.
Of course Sogudi works just fine with the new Safari.
Kitzel Hoover, 30-Apr-2005
- I've still encountered no problems. However, one anonymous person has reported the built-in SCSI port doesn't work. I've never used that port on this laptop (and frankly, I'm not sure I could find any working SCSI devices around the house), so I can't confirm.
Update: From the developer of XPostFacto : Apple dropped the driver from Tiger, but the Panther driver works if you copy it over -- it's AppleMesh.kext (in the /System/Library/Extensions folder). I'm working on an XPostFacto update for Tiger that will also take care of this, but you can just copy AppleMesh.kext if you want a quick workaround.
- Still going strong. It seems that XPostFacto is now available for Tiger, but I haven't tried it on my Lombard, yet. I think I will, if only to support that effort with some testing. At the very least, I'll watch the site carefully.