Partition (Part 2) Installing Leopard on unsupported Mac PowerPC

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.

* LeopardAssist 2.3.3 – (10.2/10.3/10.4 – PowerPC ) – http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/26562/leopardassist

Long story short:

I learned how to partition using Terminal;

I learned how to cheat the system requirements without having to buy another 10.5!

Value of Lesson:  PRICELESS!

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