Installing Leopard on unsupported PowerPC Macs (like less than 867MHz requirements).
In the last post I mentioned our difficulty in finding a way to partition an iMac. The message ”Partition failed with the error: File system resize support required, such as HFS+ with journaling enable” kept displaying on my screen. The only solution was to format the iMac and start from scratch. Unfortunately, my DVD requirements weren’t quite right for our machine but after a few hours browsing different sites, I finally found this amazing application/plugin called LEOPARD ASSIST. And what this app does is essentially virtualizes a 933MHz processor in such a way that your system will think you have all the requirements necessary to finish the task of formatting your less than 867MHz machine! I was very excited to see the results and everything seemed to be working perfectly and finally I was having no more errors. So, once again I clicked on Spotlight “the brilliant lazy way to find anything on your Mac” and Disk Utility get ready because tonight you will work!!! OMG – Everything worked out…I created a partition and installed Tiger beautifully! Once it was ready, the only thing I had to do is launch System Preferences > Startup Disk and target which disk I preferred to start when I turned on the Mac.
Recently I was doing some research, trying to figure out ways to the simplify the task of partitioning my hard drive. One thing lead to another and eventually I found some great information that I would like to share with you in the following 2 posts:
Partition Part 1 for Mac PowerPC
: I recently got an iMac G4 running Leopard 10.5 and I wanted to partition the computer in order to install Tiger 10.4, but the only thing that I was getting was this message: “Partition failed with the error: File system resize support required, such as HFS+ with journaling enable” and no matter how hard I tried, it would not change. So I put my fighting gloves on and turned my Google search mode to “feeling lucky”… I’m a firm believer that if you can’t find what you’re looking for on the first page of a Google search, then you’re usually not in for good news. But this time, I found that someone else had the same problem that I did and the only available solution was called TERMINAL! After many tries, I found this blog: http://wisevishvesh.wordpress.com/2010/04/08/partition-using-terminal/ with amazing material that teaches you how to partition using Terminal, step by step. It was fun but in the end, I found out some bad news…Terminal also did not allow me to partition, which made me pretty upset…I’d finally hit a brick wall. I really do not enjoy losing battles against machines so I decided to get aggressive and take my Leopard OS X DVD and (Option + Eject) continued in my quest… Well you probably figured out that it wasn’t the easiest job for me to format my iMac, to say the least. My Leopard requires 867MHz and up and my iMac has only 800MHz. Seriously? Are you kidding me? I could not install my Leopard because the system didn’t have an additional 67MHz hiding someplace??? But this doesn’t end here! Stay tuned for my next post and I will tell you how everything ended up (with big surprises) and if you had/have the same problem, this will surely fix it!