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can I upgrade my imac 1.8 G5 from OS X 10.4.11 to Leopard?

by gluvz / October 22, 2011 8:45 AM PDT

Wow I'm new to mac's and so far I can't hardly refrain from chucking this piece of crap out the window. Just bought this G5 and its only 3 years old. It has os x version 10.4.11. Well for some smart reason I can't run any of the apps I want to without having 10.5 leopard. I've tried installing leopard but the ******** (super-drive) doesn't read DL DVD's. I've searched everywhere for a solution to this....but nothing. Apple really drop support after 3 years? I'm going insane...Please help someone.... Thank you

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Sure about that?
by Jimmy Greystone / October 22, 2011 10:10 AM PDT

Sure about that? My guess would be more that the optical drive on the unit is dodgy. Near certain I had an 04 iBook G4 that was able to read DL discs without any issue. I'd have to double check to be sure, but I don't think a drive needs anything special to READ a DL disc. Write would be another story, but not sure about read.

Anyway, if you have another computer around, even a PC, you can dump an image of the disc to an ISO, and then with a little searching you should be able to find a website or two talking about how to reduce the thing down to what can fit on a single layer drive. Though I would be sure to check the optical drive on that unit with regular DVDs before wasting the time.

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I agree with Jimmy on this one,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / October 23, 2011 12:12 AM PDT

The 1.8Ghz G5 iMac was discontinued in May 2005 (20") and October 2005 (17" ALS) which makes your machine at least 6 years old.

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