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PowerPC is the name of a RISC architecture for CPUs created by the 1991 Apple–IBM–Motorola alliance, known as AIM.

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Running a PPC App on Apple Silicon

Can anyone tell me if I can run JaxoDraw, an application for PowerPC, on a Mac with Apple Silicon? To test, I would use the binary disc image, as this sounds the most convenient variant to install ...
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OS 9 showing OS 8 desktop folder

I've installed OS X 10.4 Tiger, OS 8.6 and OS 9.2 on three different partitions on a G3 iMac. All clean installs from CD. If I place an alias on the desktop while in OS 8, it shows when I boot into OS ...
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I would like to prompt Mac OS X 10.6.8 to download Rosetta by running a dedicated PPC application

Does anyone know where I can download a dedicated PPC application to try? I would like to find one to attempt to run in my install of OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard so it will either prompt me to install ...
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How can I image an iBook G4 drive?

I have an iBook G4 (identified as a PowerBook6,7 with 1GB of RAM) with Japanese OS. I want to make a backup of it. I downloaded an old Ubuntu 6 ISO and booted it. First problem is that the battery is ...
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How to Reset the PMU on a PowerBook G4 15" A1095 5, 4 laptop?

I have been refurbishing 3 PowerBook G4 15" A1095s and 1 PowerBook G4 15" A1106 and need help with battery issues. All of them have been able to charge a battery. I have attempted to and ...
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Where are the files for the Aqua UI located for OS X 10.4 Tiger?

I am wanting to compile the raw files for UI elements (traffic lights, buttons, scroll bars, text boxes, etc.) for several versions throughout the history of OS X, and I have been able to find the ...
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How to video chat with a PowerBook G4

I have a PowerBook G4 (1.33Ghz, 1.5 GB ram) and would like to use it to video chat with my mom, who has newer apple products (FaceTime and the like). I don’t know if iChat is a viable option or if a ...
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I have an iBook G3 running Mac OS 9.2. I moved Finder and now it won't boot. How can I fix this?

I'm unfamiliar with classic Mac OS, and I wanted to make Finder easier to reach, so I moved it to the desktop. I didn't realize that this would make Finder inaccessible to the system! Since then, my ...
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Is there any valid reason to install Tigerbrew (Homebrew) on a modern Mac OS?

Perhaps you may be thinking that I'm asking why one should install Tigerbrew on their older PowerPC/Intel mac machine running Tiger or Leopard operating systems. But I'm actually wondering if there's ...
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Q: Can I access the drive on a Power Macintosh 7200/75 as an external drive?

I was recently given an older Power Macintosh 7200/75 that was owned by a family member, with the task of trying to access it to see what is on the hard drive. It's just the base machine, no keyboard,...
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Cannot install Leopard (Mac OS X 10.5) on PowerPC Mac

I have an old Power Mac running Tiger (Mac OS X 10.4.11). It is a Dual 2.3 GHz Power-PC G5 with 8 GB RAM. I have it running Tiger since that is the last OS that supports Classic (OS 9) (via Rosetta) ...
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G5 running Mac OS X 10.3.5 won't update the OS

I have a Power Mac G5 running OS X Panther. If I open Finder and click 'Software Updates', the progress bar gets about half way across and then quits with the message "an error occurred while ...
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Old owner deleted all applications including install.app and now I cant do anything

I can't open any .pkg files because install.app is gone and I dont have any install media because it wasnt originally my Mac. Pls help I just want to get 10.5.8 running iMac6,3
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How can I run command line software with Rosetta 1?

At the request of some PPC users, I'm trying to create a PPC-compatible installer package of some open source software. Naturally, this requires compiling a PPC binary. I have a Leopard Virtual ...
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What is this card and what's its purpose?

I've come across what appears to be a vintage PCI card for the Macintosh. I've searched everywhere to find out what it is, but so far it's been unsuccessful. It has what appears to be memory sims and ...
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Are Mac OS X 10.4.10 install discs model specific like 10.3?

I have some iBook G4 10.3.3 install and restore discs. I'm not sure if these are actually model specific but since they are labelled as iBook discs I assume they are. Is this true? Also, are 10.4.10 ...
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Software restore on iBook G4 A1134

I recently bought an iBook and OS 10.3.3 iBook recovery discs. I have inserted the disc to restore the iBook but after booting with the disc inserted the screen in just black. There has been no ...
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Installing Tiger on an iBook G4 A1134 running Leopard

I have recently acquired an iBook G4 to run a specific software for research. The iBook currently has Leopard installed but the software I want to run doesn't work since the iBook doesn't have the ...
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Is it possible to create a bootable installation partition for a PowerPC mac using an Intel-based Mac?

I had a hard drive failure on my old PowerPC G4 Mac. I need that old Mac to be able to run OS X and OS 9, because I can't retrieve and convert some of the files from the secondary hard drive unless I ...
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Crazy battery numbers

I'm getting crazy battery numbers in my ancient (but fully operational) PowerBook G4 2005 running Mac OS X Tiger 10.4.11. The battery is very nearly shot. The numbers reported by coconutBattery also ...
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Power Macintosh G4 won't boot after plugging in an external HDD

Last weekend I got an old PowerMac G4 "Gigabit Ethernet" and it worked fine for a few hours. Then after plugging in my external HDD to copy some of the data over, the system went to sleep ...
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How do I get this Mac G5 up and running ? (boot to OS)

A local Goodwill sells Apple hardware at ridiculously low prices, great for a tinkerer like me. I'd missed the Mac mini on sale so I grabbed this Mac Pro looking device thinking it would be an intel ...
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How to update 10.4.6 to 10.4.11 on PowerPC?

So, my father randomly unearthed an old iBook G4 from somewhere and wanted me to make the Internet working. It has Safari and Internet Explorer preinstalled, but they both come from more than a decade ...
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Bluetooth network is unavailable error on PowerBook G4

I've got 2 PowerPC Macs, one is a 2005 Mac mini G4, the other is a 2002 PowerBook G4 Titanium. Both have Airport and Bluetooth cards installed and they work fine and both are OS X 10.5.8. The Mac ...
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Can this 800 MHz iMac G4 boot into Mac OS 9?

I'm trying to find a legacy Mac that I can use to boot into Mac OS 9. I've found an old iMac G4 in the classified ads, but it has Mac OS X currently installed and I'm not sure if it's compatible with ...
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Run Rosetta on macOS Sierra

I'm wondering if there is any way to run Rosetta on macOS Sierra. In this post, someone mentioned that Rosetta may uses the Carbon framework, which appears to exist in up to macOS Sierra. Are there ...
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Mac App To Make External HDD Bootable

Instead of using DiskMaker, is there another app to make Mac OS X 10.4 or 10.5 (ppc) bootable without creating a bootable usb? I want to copy all the contents of the Mac OS X Install DVD straight to ...
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Install Mac OS X Tiger (PPC) to External HDD with an Intel Mac

I’m running 10.11 on my MacBook Pro and I’m wondering if it is possible to install a PPC OS X to an external HDD using an intel MacBook? Or is there an app that I can use to accomplish this?
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How can I reinstall Mac OS 9 on a G3 PowerBook's original hard drive?

I have a PowerBook G3 from 2000 or so and would like to put Mac OS 9 on it for nostalgia reasons. There are games that simply don't perform well with SheepShaver, plus networking with SheepShaver isn'...
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iMac G4 fails to boot - dissolve to white screen

Anyone seen this before? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGbHLSrdS5Q Basically, I replaced the hard drive as the previous one had started throwing errors, and making knocking noises. Is the white ...
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Check PowerPC HDD for faulty sectors

I have a iMac G4 that doesn't boot, so I'd like to check the HDD for faulty sectors. Are there any utilities featured on the Leopard installation disk I can use for this purpose? For instance, can dd ...
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How can I run MAME on an iMac G4 (PowerPC)

I'd like to install and run MAME binaries on an iMac G4 (PowerPC), and information on this seems to be very limited. Official MAME pages link to two pages related to Power PC Macs. Apple Macintosh OS ...
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How to clean install Mac OS X on an iMac G5 with new HDD?

I have bought an old iMac G5 (A1145, iSight 20") from a friend and there was no OS installed on it. So now I want to make a clean/new OS X installation. I created an install USB (with Tiger 10.4.6) ...
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Identifying what PowerMac I have

I'm having issues identifying what type of PowerMac G4 Quicksilver I have. Looking at the stickers on the machine, I initially come to the conclusion that the machine is a Power Macintosh G4 800 DP (...
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Is there a Mac equivalent of DOSBox?

I was trying to run some old software on my Air today and I got these messages: You can't open the application because the classic environment is no longer supported. You can't open the ...
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iTunes accidentally deleted on iMac G5 with OS X 10.4.11 - how to install iTunes?

I accidentally deleted iTunes on my old iMac G5 running Mac OS X Tiger 10.4.11. It is not in the trash, and I would really like to get it back. I tried getting the latest version of iTunes available ...
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How do I identify what PowerPC apps I use?

I have a Mac with Snow Leopard 10.6.8 still installed on it and am seriously considering installing Mountain Lion. I’ve read that from Lion onwards PowerPC apps can no longer run. My questions are: ...
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Ubuntu won't boot on PowerMac G5 without the CD

I have managed to install Ubuntu onto my PowerMac G5 by changing the graphics card, but it will not start up again unless I use the CD. Any suggestion on how to make Ubuntu boot without the CD?
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OSX ownership options for PowerPC iMac

I was given a iMacG4 (PowerPC) and intend to give to an 8 year old for the purpose of web browsing and exploring python. I would like to gain administrative (sudo) privilege. Although I have ...
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Installing OS X 10.1 "Puma" on new HDD from CD onto a iBook G3

Found an old iBook G3 M6497 at an estate sale, so I bought it for $2 in hopes to restore it to its original glory. It did not come with any install or recovery disks. This is my first purchase of a ...
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Does anybody know of a repository or resource that has all of the correct filenames for Tetris on PowerPC for macintosh System 7?

Someone at my school brought in a functioning Macintosh Classic running System 7 today that he bought off of Ebay. We were looking around on the applications that were already loaded on it and didn't ...
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Jailbreak an iPad 1 on a PowerMac G4?

Is it possible to jailbreak an iPad 1 on a PowerPC? I've tried Greenpois0n on PowerPC, but for some reason that doesn't work, so is there any other software I can use? (iPad is running iOS 5)
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Can't Open Applications on Old Mac (OS X 10.4)

I have a strange problem. I'm having to use an old PowerPC G4 in order to use DVD Studio Pro for a project I'm working on for a client. I have to use an old Mac and OS because the version of DVD ...
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Can I install Windows (and if so, which one) on my Power Mac G5 tower

Can I install Windows (and if so, which one) on my Power Mac G5 tower? I know the maximum Mac OSX that can be installed is Leopard as I think, so it would be better to run some windows on it. Do you ...
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PowerBook G4 vs reallity [closed]

I have Powerbook G4 17" (OSX 10.5.8.) It's too slow for almost everything, ima using Adobe cs3 package (it's workable for basic stuff), web browsers doesent suport that version (not even Chrome), ...
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Check if G5 is a SMP one?

How do I check if a G5 PPC mac has 2 CPUs or not? When booting it up under Linux (Debian 8) only one CPU seems to be detected: cat /proc/cpuinfo processor : 0 cpu : PPC970FX, altivec ...
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How does OS X detect a PowerPC application?

I use an application called Anki for learning foreign languages and professional terminology. This app creates a default folder in /Users/user/Documents/Anki, which I did not want. You can circumvent ...
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Is there any way to run a PowerPC video game (Call Of Duty United Offensive) on Mavericks?

My MacBook is running Mavericks (10.9.5). I dug out my old "Call Of Duty United Offensive" video game and thought I'd give it a whirl. Turns out it's PowerPC based and Mavericks does not have ...
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Use open firmware mode with external monitor (Powerbook G4)

I am trying to install Debian from USB to a Powerbook G4 with a broken screen. If I boot to the Mac, the external monitor works without problems. But in boot select mode (holding down 'alt' at startup)...
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How to run a Tiger 10.4.11 virtual machine?

I need to access some .omf files, which were originally created in an old version of AVID DV. As far as I know, this software only ran on Tiger PPC Macs. The PowerMac PPC G5 I originally used is on it'...
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