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10.4.7 Server to 10.4.9 Server , Some help here for thoes looking


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This is in the labs because this is Highly experimental do not even bother unless you have a good working knowledge of VI or Pico and know how to edit in a terminal in system rescue mode to reverse or get your system back again.


That being said this guide does not require anything special.


What you need:


-Included is loginwindow that works on 10.4.9 server

-software combo update 10.4.9 intel ( apple site)

-some time



Lets get started shall we:


open a terminal

sudo su

cd /

mkdir old

cp /mach_kernel /old

cd old

cp -R /system/library/extensions/AppleSMBIOS.kext /old

cp -R /system/library/extensions/AppleACPIplatform.kext /old

cp -R /system/library/extensions/AppleAPIC.kext /old

cp -R /system/library/extensions/IOATAFamily.kext /old

cp -R /system/library/extensions/system.kext /old

run the delta update when it says reboot, dont

cp /old/mach_kernel /mach_kernel

cp -R /yourdesktoplocation/loginwindow.app /system/library/coreservices/ <-- you need to change your desktop location to the location of the loginwindow file

cp -R /old/AppleSMBIOS.kext /system/library/extensions/

cp -R /old/AppleACPIplatform.kext /system/library/extensions/

cp -R /old/AppleAPIC.kext /system/library/extensions/

cp -R /old/IOATAFamily.kext /system/library/extensions/

cp -R /old/system.kext /system/library/extensions/

rm -rf /system/library/extensions.*

turn off software upgrade option in system preferences

run diskutil and repair permissions

now hit reboot on your intel update window


Now reboot, your machine will reboot twice fist to setup some stuff then to reboot again to full blown mode, everything should stay the same this is a transparent upgrade and I have spent some time making sure it stays transparent.



PS: if you get an error with the downloaded apple update you may use the apple software built in upgrade just make sure not to update anything other then the combo update itself.


Tested on a 3.4 HT Intel seems to work. Rosetta PPC to Intel code seems about 30% faster which is probably the only reason you want to bother if your not using much PPC code its not worth it especially if you have custom drivers etc that this may muck up.







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Only as informative reply, i tried your method and don't work for me, the login screen appears with failures of rendering and a big black square.

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