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UNIX (Mac OS X Jaguar 10.2) has been nothing but a nightmare to install on my dual 1 gig mac...


I'm still struggling to get it on a separate 10 gig partition on my ata barracuda...I have never before experienced such a f***ed up install kept me up till 4am last night...should've bin straightforward...


The installer craps out after getting past the "select language" stage...hmm. I thought it was a dodgy install disc, but it worked fine on a titanium laptop...I feel there is WAY more than meets the eye with this UNIX based beast...mmm...


I think UNIX is (once we all have accumulated knowledge of how it actually BEHAVES) a (very?) stable platform...but as for it leaving residual "invisible to OS9" files lying around on one's HD after lobbing everything visible that was OSX beta into the trashcan (I did this with beta OSX a while back when I first bought the dual 1 gig - I didn't want it on the same drive as my tried & trusted OS9) it has the ability to really mess with your computer's data in a real PHANTOM kind of a way when you try to do a fresh install of Jaguar (on a separate HD) simply because OSX beta used to be on the boot drive...aaargh! This appears to be the problem I'm having...


Personally, I feel that it was not the best move by Jobs & Co to actually have OSX (Beta) pre-installed alongside OS9 on the new G4's out of the box...we customers should've been given the option ourselves; ie: OS9 OR OSX ONLY on the boot drive to start with, ta very much, but no, TWO completely (alien to each other in terms of their kernels, source code etc) residing on the same drive...?! I guess that's what happens when one wants to sell truckloads of computers to people with a promise of "stability", "backwards" compatibility (er..) and a nice "windows style front end" presentation to attract the PC crowd...but what about existing mac people like myself? I should have been given the option to have either one or the other OS on the machine I bought...hmm..trying to please everybody can backfire on the existing mac customer, it would appear...


My only hope is that by backing up all of my s**t from my OS9 boot drive, and then doing a low level format to it(ugh...all those registrations and serial numbers that have to be reactivated...arg) will hopefully get rid of anything that is invisible beta UNIX off my damned boot drive!!

Then, maybe, I will be able to install Jaguar without a problem....thanks, Apple. blink.gif

If all that doesn't work, I shall get myself a psychiatrist and send the bill to Steve Jobs...


end of bitter rant...

Anyone else experienced such outlandish install behaviour on their desktop G4's as a result of previously lobbing everything "visible" that was OSX off their boot drive when they first bought their desktop G4?

Any hard earned advice to offer...?

Check the Apple site, some Macs require a firmware upgrade before Jaguar can be installed.

Are you booting from the CD? can't install from OS9.

My install worked flawlessly on my G4/400
Francois Dchery
Hi teiwaz

The painless way to have OSX installed on your mac is to have at least 2 partitions ( or two HD )
- install an OS9 on one partition
- install jaguar on the second

about sizes:
OS9 system stuff only can live on a 300M partition, but OSX need at least 2-3G (you can keep a LOT of space if you avoid to install languages files, and specially avoid installing drivers for printers that you don't have : epson drivers take about 600M....)

about partitions:
as you have noticed, having OS9 and osX on the same partition, can be dangerous because, from the OS9 view (the finder), you wont see some hidden unix files, that OS9 doesnt show to you (to make things easyer for beginners, but really messy for all of us, mac used users, who like to customize our mac the way we used to: ie trashing OSX from OS9 CANT be done cleany and easely from OS9 and will certainly lead to the problems you got)

Partitionning is the only easy solution!

As partitions, cant be easely changed (especially when you know that you CANT copy an OSX from one HD to another HD, using the drag&drop way you was able to do on previous MacOS), i suggest you to think twice about your partition sheme.

To allow future easy OSX updating/installing while keeping the previous OSX installed, you may also chose to have your /USERS/ folder on a separate partition like:
- part1:OS 10.2
- part2:OS 10.3 (installed in the future)
- part3: /USERS/
- part4: OS9
- (part5: for swap. OPTIONNAL: having it on a separate HD is even better for performances)

<i>this is just an example (partition order/sizes/count)</i>

With this sheme, you can choose to have your jaguar (part1) use your USERS folder (in part2 - which include all your documents, system settings , personal Apps) .When later you want to install a new OSX, you can do it safely on part3, and if your happy with the new system, you can set your new OSX to use your /USERS/ folder (part2), to immedialty restore all your user's setting, plugs, documents, apps.... a few month after, you could erase your (now unused) part1.
At the opposite, if you have problems with the new OSX installed (drivers things, incompatible vital applications, etc...) you can fastly come back to your previous OSX (part1).

Forget the OS9 way when you could even have 2 systems on the same partition, moving some extention from the old to the new system, copying preferences, OSX, theses things become really more difficult (a lot of files to pay attention to, some having to be modified, keeping an eyes on the file authorisations, etc..) Believe me, it will take years before you can play with the systems stuff the way any 6 months OS9 mac user could!
OSX is unix, and unix is NOT designed to make theses things easy (it was not the primary goal). So, to keep a certain freedom without having to become an unix geek, you have to setup a convenient partition sheme. it will save you time later wink.gif

And beware that even if things seems easy on OSX, the hidden stff is really NOT that easy: some hidden system files can be really corrupted, without you seeing it immediatly from the finder/normal use: troubles will appear later, when installing something new, upgrading an app, uninstalling a driver etc...

Just act as you never used a system on the mac before: forget your experience! If you take care of that, you will then enjoy the real power of OSX: stability, power and true multitasking. You willeven fastly forget what the words 'reboot' or 'sytem crashed' means! smile.gif smile.gif smile.gif

Mac OSX rocks!!!!!!!

Soif, thank you for your indispensable help! Very much appreciated...

However, I have late breaking news on this problem now...

The store I bought the dual gig mac from are telling me that they are 100% certain that the 2nd one of the mac's 2 processors is actually faulty - they are asking me to take the computer in after hearing what happened when I tried to install Jaguar, and that they have had this phenomena occur with a lot of dual gig macs (faulty 2nd processor - apparently, trying to install Jaguar highlights this "fault"); they want to swap out the processor card for another...luckily, I'm still under warranty!


But they could be wrong....? (I actually ran the mac hardware test CD but that didn't find a problem, neither did Tech Tool Pro 3, but who knows...)


Meanwhile, I also believe they may not find any fault with the computer, and that what you suggested above, if I follow those steps, will eradicate all of my problems (I have a feeling what you outlined is going to nail it.)

Will keep you posted and will let you know the outcome of all of this...


I'm sure OSX will rock once my mac is healthy...It sure does on my Titanium!

Thanks again for all your assistance...

Well, after all, it turns out that my G4's internal (or is that infernal?) superdrive had some dust on the laser's guide runners!

So much for it being a UNIX file error...


Who would have guessed? After the 'informed authorized Apple personel' at my local mac shop failing to solve the OSX Jaguar install disaster on my dual gig G4, I came to the conclusion that I actually instinctively knew better than to take their advice as to where to look for the fault.


I was told by my Apple store's repair department that my dual gig G4 had a faulty processor card, and so (stupidly) I let them replace it. That meant my studio was dysfunctional for 2 days.


When I first told them of the problem, I informed them that I had a sneaking suspicion there was something wrong with either the Jaguar install disc, or the G4's superdrive. "That isn't your problem", he said. "I'm ABSOLUTELY certain that your G4 has a faulty processor card. I'm all too familiar with this type of malfunction when attempting to install Jaguar on a dual processor Quicksilver G4" he said, with a certain know-it-all smile. "That is what's wrong here" he said again as he ended his incorrect fault assessment...famous last words!


When I got the G4 back home it behaved exactly the same way with the new processor card. My hunch was confirmed when I took it upon myself to "dissect" my G4's superdrive. Yeah, f**k the warranty. I have music to complete, and a job to do on OSX. I must get my G4 working with Jaguar, and so, I will take matters into my own hands.


After taking my G4's superdrive to bits, I then discovered that the two silver metal runners that house and guide the laser mechanics had dirt on them. 90% of the time when a CD-Rom drive (or superdrive) fails to read a CD or DVD, you can be sure that these runners need a good clean with a Q Tip. Also, clean the eye of the laser too, VERY gently with a Q-Tip immersed in Isopropyl Alcohol. By the way, only attempt to dissect your G4's superdrive if you are "tech savvy."


What happens is that the dirt on the steel runners stops the laser's housing from moving freely along the data portion of the CD/DVD. It literally gets stuck and then can't get access to a certain portion of the CD/DVD, usually near the edge of the disc. This is what happened to me while I was trying to install Jaguar. Such a small insignificant bit of f**king dirt can create such a nightmare scenario!!


The repair department at my Apple store wanted me to take my G4 in for a THIRD time, and therefore trash my entire week "diagnosing" the fault in my computer. They never listened up in the first place when I told them to "check the superdrive".

They did have me totally convinced at one point that my computer actually had a faulty processor card...


Motto: If you want something done quickly (and in this case, properly) do it yourself.


Tools used: a handful of various phillips screwdrivers, 2 Q-Tips, a bottle of Isopropyl Alcohol, and a steady hand...



End of thread...?
Nice (?) to hear how competent your Apple sales/tech people are. In France the dealers I've had experience with expend a lot of energy in being incompetent and treating you like dirt. One shop ignored my repeated request for help choosing Macs for language 'labs'. They lost big orders - millions of Francs!

As for the 'techies', ok perhaps good ones are in short supply, they often immobilise your equipment for more than just a couple of days.

I thought it was just France.

Glad you managed. Vive DIY
I can believe it!! They're everywhere, under stones, rocks (dodgy dealers and guessing techies)

I had no choice, Presto! Painted into a has to rely on one's own mental resources...before one goes 'mental'...blink.gif blink.gif blink.gif blink.gif

Cheers! (your round now...!)

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