I’ve had Mac OS X Tiger installed on my iBook Clamshell for about 3 months and just now I decided to blog about it. Installing Tiger wasn’t much of an ordeal. (Well that’s apple!) If you want to install Mac OS X Tiger on your iBook Clamshell, then I’ll give you a somewhat short tutorial. If not, and want to see some screenshots then just skip the tutorial part. Ok you need the following:
- An iBook Clamshell.
- Mac OS X Tiger Install CDs (not DVDs!) Make sure they’re the PPC version, not the Intel version. Well, anyways you can’t boot off the Intel versions.
- Mac OS 9.2.2 or An earlier version of Mac OS X, like 10.3.9 or 10.2.8. You will need this for the next step.
- XPostFacto, the software that will help you install Mac OS X Tiger on your iBook. By default, Mac OS X Tiger will NOT install because your machine is not supported. (Why? Because Mac OS X Tiger’s system requirements are a PowerPC G3, G4 or G5 with FireWire) If you try to install Mac OS X Tiger without XPostFacto, your destination disk will be grayed out and can’t install. XPostFacto will install Mac OS X Tiger on your unsupported device. Download XPostFacto here.
- Plenty of disk space. Tiger needs at least 2-3 GB of Hard Disk space.
- 256 or 512 MB of available RAM. If you have the original iBook with 32 MB built-in, then either 288 or 544 MB because that is the maximum amount of RAM you can put in. Or the iBook with 64 MB built-in, then 320 or 576 MB of RAM. Again, the maximum amount of RAM you can put in this model. (Will this work with only 128 MB? I’m not sure. I’ve never tried it. I’m not that sick and twisted…)
- I would recommend backing up your system, just in case anything goes wrong, which is unlikely, if you know what your doing.
- A comfy chair to do all this on.
Ok, now lets do this.
- First of all, turn on your computer. Boot into either Mac OS 9 or Mac OS X. Copy XPostFacto to any location in your drive. (I like to copy mines to the root of the hard drive.)
- Pop in your Mac OS X Tiger install CD (which is the 1st CD)
- Launch XPostFacto.
- Select the volume where you want to install Mac OS X Tiger into.
- Select your install CD
- Click on the Install button.
- It will now install some stuff, like a modified version of BootX and some kernel extensions and will restart your computer and will boot off your CD. This may take a while. Note, you will boot into verbose mode, and you will see a whole bunch of messages on your screen. This is normal. It may also seem to pause for a moment, again this is normal. But if it seems to be frozen then try to restart your iBook. and try again. Note, you do not need to go back to XPostFacto again.
- When you finally get to the Mac OS X Installer select the volume you want to install to. (Choose the same one!) Don’t format the volume! The files that XPostFacto copied need to be there in order to be able to install Tiger. Because if you do, you have to go all the way back to step 3! Also don’t choose “Erase and Install” or “Archive Install”.
- Follow the installer instructions.
- When Mac OS X Tiger is done installing, it will restart into Mac OS X Tiger! Congratulations! You have successfully installed Tiger on your iBook Clamshell G3 even though Apple says you can’t install it!
- If you ever want to boot back to Mac OS 9 (Assuming that Mac OS 9 was installed previously,) just simply go to System Preferences on the dock and go to Startup Disk and choose the Mac OS 9 system folder and just hit the restart button. That’s all there is to it.
Now that your done installing Mac OS X Tiger, its time to install some system updates. Note, you do not need XPostFacto to install system updates via Software Update.
- Go the Apple Menu > Software Updates and install what you see. That is all. Be sure to update to 10.4.11
I recommend using this program called Monolingual. It cleans up your system by removing unnecessary language packs that you don’t use. I’ve used this and I was able to delete over 300 MB of language packs on my computer. Monolingual also deletes CPU architectures that you don’t even use, and that uses disk space. For example, Have a G3 mac? Well you can get rid of G4 and G5 and even Intel architectures from apps and your system, freeing up disk space.
As you can see, Quartz Extreme and Core Image isn’t supported at all on the iBook Clamshell. Requirements for Quartz Extreme and Core Image is that you need a GPU with 16 MB of VRAM or more. If you don’t know what QE and CI is, its responsible for graphics accleration. Theres no way to enable QE and CI on it.
Well that’s all! I hope you enjoyed this.