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Old 03-17-2002

is it possible to format a powerbook g4 mac? like totally erase the HD then pop in the Mac OS cd and it will boot up an install like windows or any linux?
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Old 03-17-2002
Tools Yes!

Of course:

1. Boot up the computer.
2. Insert the OS X CD-ROM.
3. Depress the "C" key and keep it depressed.
4. Restart your PowerBook.
5. The TiBook will boot from the OS X CD-ROM.
6. The installer will automatically lanuch.
7. Quit the installer.
8. Launch the Disk Utility application.
9. Reformat the drive: If you want OS X only, two UFS (Posix/UNIX) partitions, one of ~1.0 gigabyte and one which fills the rest of the disk OR, if you need both OS 9 and OS X, three HFS+ (MacOS Extended) partitions, one of ~1.0 gigabyte and two others; make sure the OS X partition is at least 3 gigabytes. THE ~1.0 GIGABYTE PARTITION IS FOR OS X'S USE AS A DEDICATED SWAP PARTITION. You really, really want to have a dedicated swap partition. See this forum or this month's MacAddict (hard copy) magazine for instructions on how to tell OS X to use this partition as the swap file repostitory. If you don't do this, OS X will run just fine on one partition; you can always make this change later.
10. Reboot the PowerBook from the OS X CD-ROM as in steps 3 & 4 above.
11. Install OS X with the installer program.
12. Install OS 9, if desired, from the OS 9 CD-ROM.
13. Share and enjoy!

Last edited by chenly; 03-18-2002 at 12:25 AM..
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Old 03-19-2002
ok so how do i make it use the swap partition?
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Old 03-19-2002
Error Swap

The best instructions I've seen appear in this month's MacAddict. I'll be at home a little later and key it in.

Last edited by chenly; 03-20-2002 at 02:27 PM..
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Old 03-19-2002
ok thanks. you gonna scan it or somethign?
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Old 03-20-2002
Computer OK, OK, OK...

OK, OK, OK...Kendall Jackson, "Don Juan di Marco," and nudge, nudge, snap, snap, wink, wink later, here's the dope:

The instructions in MacAddict are great, but completely useless without the screenshots. It's the April, 2002 issue. This is a ten-minute procedure, but it has to be done exactly right. I'd search the archives on this site, plus I didn't mean to build you up and then cop out, but the procedure is more graphically oriented than I had remembered. When my machine was set up, I didn't do this; if I could find a way to back up ~36 GB of data from a USB-only machine, I would reformat. Anyhoo, this is hardly a secret procedure, so there's bound to be help at hand. Anyone?
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