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I'm trying to put Leopard on my G4 cube with the intent of using it as a headless iTunes player but using the open firmware hack or Leopard Assist I just get a kernel panic on boot. Is there a firmware issue with the Cube where it has to be running the last version and if so which firmware do I need?

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Hi, for sure there is a firmware available for the Cube :

 

http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1285

 

Leopard Assist works pretty well, but you will probably need an original Leopard Disk to get it running.

 

tried several times with a bad copy, ending up with a KP !!... worked like a charm with the original DVD (several Powermac G4)

 

So far haven't tried in the Cube, Tiger should be more than enough (Leopard is quite slow on a 450 Mhz G4)

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I've upgraded sold and rebuilt probably 200 cubes in the past few years. I will NEVER install Leopard on a Cube unless a customer specifically demands it. I've only had problems with that OS and know that the Cube is much faster, more stable and better off staying at 10.4.11. I understand you might be looking for something that iTunes requires 10.5 for, but just my two cents.

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Your going to need to be able to boot directly into Mac OS 9.0-9.2.2 in order to update your boot rom if that is the case. You cannot "virtualize" install it while running 10.4 and OS classic at the same time. Seeing how you have OS 10.5, which doesn't support OS Classic, you might need to find a way to get that.

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