How to perform fresh installation on Mac Powerbook G4 15″

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Hi,

Help please! I have a Mac Powerbook G4 15", here are the specs:

Mac OS X Version 10.4.11

CPU Type: PowerPC G4 (1.1)

Processor: 1.5 GHz PowerPC G4

Memory: 1.25 GB DDR SDRAM

Startup Disk: Mac HD

I got this from a friend, and it is loaded with different applications, which I think are very unusable. I want to delete everything and start from scratch again. But I don't have a disk with me. I don't really have an idea on how to fix this and is there a way that I can adjust the settings for the touchpad? I am using Window based computers.

And this time, it is really something new for me. And what is Zumodrive ? Because every time I open my Mac G4, it keeps on appearing. Is it important and cannot be deleted? There are icons on my desktop too, that I cannot put in trash. How can I hide some of the icons at the bottom of my desktop screen?

Please send me solutions. Is there a way that I can download an OS X Version on Apple's website? I tried searching but they said there is no reformat on Mac, only a fresh installation. I need a step by step procedure. Can someone guide me please? Thanks.

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Answered By 0 points N/A #112777

How to perform fresh installation on Mac Powerbook G4 15″

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Hello Ashley Adams,

To make it less hassle on your part, you can just erase everything and make a fresh OS installation. In that way you don't have to worry anymore with the existing useless applications and other personal settings which the previous owner keeps. You can start from scratch by doing a fresh installation of your OS.
 
I must say your OS version is pretty old. But nevertheless, you can download an OS installer for that. Download it here: http://support.apple.com/downloads/Mac_OS_X_10_4_11_Update__Intel_.
 
After downloading, the next step is to burn it in your CD/DVD. You can do this by opening the Disk Utility application found in /Applications/Utilities/Disk Utility. Open that and you can see the different hard disk partitions and mounted images on the left pane.
 
Now, drag and drop your downloaded installer to the left pane of Disk Utility. Make sure that you have already inserted your blank CD/DVD. You can now see in the left pane that the installer is added. Click once on the installer to highlight it, then press the Burn icon found at the top menu. (See my attachment for reference).
 
After burning, you now have a installer media in a form of CD/DVD. Reboot your MAC while pressing "C" to boot from the CD/DVD. You can now have a fresh install.
Answered By 620 points N/A #112778

How to perform fresh installation on Mac Powerbook G4 15″

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Thank you for the information. I found some solutions on the site you gave me. Thanks.

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