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    Default 17" iMac G4 flatscreen "Flowerpetals"

    I have one of the old iMac G4 17" widescreen models with a dodgy optical drive. It has slowed down when doing just about anything and I would like to do a re-install of OS 10.2 as I. have the original DVD aand then upgrade to 10.4.11. Problem is the internal superdrive has stopped recognising CDs and DVDs so I cant boot from superdrive.

    Can I boot using firewire target mode and reinstall 10.2 from. another firewire mac? Is it possible to upgrade this model to 10.5 so I can tun more recent browsers as I am having trouble with messages saying, " your browserdoes not support plugins etc" when trying to usebank and other websites. Any help or suggestions appreciated . I dont want to replace superdrive as it requires almost a complete teardown of iMac and apple's price fr repairs is prohibitive.


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    Join Date
    Jan 2004



    yes target disk mode from a similar era PowerPC Mac would work to install OS X to your iMac. Alternately, pulling it apart actually isn't that bad and you could get a replacement SuperDrive (it's just a standard IDE Pioneer drive) for next to nothing.

    Another option would be from an external HD (with the 10.4 installer imaged to the drive), or optical FW drive.


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    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Nambucca Heads NSW


    Leopard OS X.5 to run natively required a minimum 870MHz CPU and the problem of the Firewire link may be getting the second iMac to boot from the DVD but give it a try. The September 2003 release came with either a 1GHz or 1.25GHz CPU.Long time ago 2003 ain't it?

    For what it is worth I would not do banking or anything requiring strong security, on a G4 and/or Leopard.

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