XPostFacto
XPostFacto
4.0

4.8

XPostFacto free download for Mac

XPostFacto4.0

06 September 2005

Install OS X (up to 10.4) on unsupported PowerPC Macs.

Overview

XPostFacto... While Apple has limited its support for Mac OS X to those machines that originally came with a G3 or G4 processor, it is possible to install Mac OS X on some earlier machines. The unsupported machines that work now are the 7300, 7500, 7600, 8500, 8600, 9500 and 9600, as well the clones that were based on one of these systems (the Umax S900 and J700, and the Power Computing PowerWave and PowerTower Pro). The original processors in these machines will work (with the exception of the 7500, which requires a processor upgrade). G3 or G4 upgrade cards work as well. Other models that use the PCI architecture may be made to work in time

What's new in XPostFacto

Version 4.0:
  • Supports Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger)!
  • Runs on Mac OS 9.x or 10.2 through 10.4.
  • Will install Mac OS X 10.2 through 10.4.
  • Works with "New World" machines that Apple dropped support for in 10.4 (such as the original iMac, original iBook, and the Lombard Powerbook).
  • Avoids the mis-application of the 8 GB limit on "Old World" machines by the Mac OS X Installer.

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110 Reviews of XPostFacto

Anonymous
22 July 2002
Version: 2.2b14

Most helpful

Thank you, for writing, coding xpostfacto for me. I could not have installed osx without it. I have updated osx and have not encountered any gliches until 10.1.5 when I have had to logon as a user. I have never been anything except an admin. Is this an update to the coming jaguar update or an other charge which I will have to incur to keep my mac.com name.
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Wts
06 April 2014
Version: 4.0
I have used XPostFacto many years ago to trick an 8500 to think it could run OS Tiger. It did the job albeit the 8500 running OX Tiger was SSSLLLOOOWWW. Todays problem for me is that when i click the download button on this page it comes up as an all text page. What the...???? How do i get an executable application rather then a all text page(s) ?
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Woofer
28 September 2007
Version: 4.0
I'm just wondering/hoping, if this niffty little programme might be updated soon to let users with under 900MHz G4 Macs to install OS X 10.5? It seems Apple have limited 10.5 for either Intel users or better than 900MHz G4's Fingers x-ed.....
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Mactinker
22 June 2007
Version: 4.0
Hi! XPF was recommended to me by a list mod to help in installing 10.3 on a beige G3 AIO. I have asked Apple and they tell me that 10.2 will install and run on this Mac just fine. I went to the list in question looking for 10.2. But the list mod was very encouraging about the superiority of 10.3 over 10.2, so I tried to dl XPF4. I got a page of very strange code, and no actual dl at all. Thought you'd want to know about that. Three questions: 1. Does anyone know what I might have done wrong in the dl process? I clicked the "Download now" button, that's all, and all that appeared to be necessary. Or maybe it can't dl to OS9? 2. If I can get hold of a set of 10.2 CDs, do I still need XPF? (Apple says no, just fyi, but if *users* have different actual experience, that's helpful to know.) 3. (Slightly OT) If I could just go altogether with X I wouldn't ask this, but: Does anyone have an opinion whether 10.3 is really so much better than 10.2 that I need to add to the complication of making the switch? It's going to be tight in the first place, as I need to partition the HD so I can have one side w/ OSX and the other w/ OS9, because I actually do use the built-in floppy and zip drives, both unsupported under all versions of X. Can't go get a USB floppy drive, because the AIO does not have USB ports, which are required by 10.3. Thanks for your time.
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Anonymous
04 November 2005
Version: 4.0
hi, this utility is great, i was able to run the cd installation of mac os X 10.2 in my Power Macintosh 8600 but i had a problem, everything was fine running the installation until i had to choose a selection disk for the installation, the program said that "you cannot install MacOs X on this disk. An erlier version of Mac Os X is not installed" can anybody help to solve this problem? what can i do????
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Paynito
09 October 2005
Version: 4.0
Just installed 10.4 on Lombard 400MHz/320 MB, cannot shutdown cleanly, it hangs on "double kernel panic, I'm hanging here" any ideas? -- I was a very happy user of Xpostfacto on my 9500/g4450 with 10.3
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Anonymous
09 August 2005
Version: 4.0b5
Question: Can model specific OS X 10.4 be used for upgrades? (Those for eMac are cheaper.)
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Anonymous
12 July 2005
Version: 4.0b5
Cool! Give this genius the 25$!!! Now i have 2 beige G3s running with Tiger, this means a lot of money saved! Thanx!!
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Anonymous
12 July 2005
Version: 4.0b5
Yes Yes Yes!!!! Lombard g3 is a go!! Installed without a hitch right over Panther...WAY COOL. Will for sure pay for this one :-)
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Anonymous
18 June 2005
Version: 4.0b2
Question: Is it possible to do the Tiger install from an external firewire cased drive (Like a DVR-109), or one connected internally on one of those ATA cards that looks like SCSI to the system? Or should I get the CD- version of Tiger? I've had great results with XPF on 10.3.9 and previous. Like the author of iCab 3, who supports OS 8.5+ and OS X with a modern browser, this developer certainly deserves our thanks and support.
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zyad
24 April 2005
Version: 3.1
i have a 7600 serie with a sonnet upgrad g4 450Mhz 1 Mo of cache and a tempo ata card i have install the 10.2 but i havn't sound and i can't install 10.3 i recive the message panic hang up powermac 7600 with sonnet pci x G4 450Mhz 1 Mo cache L2 2Mo of video sonnet tempo usb firewire ata excuse me for my bad english i am in algeria thank you
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Pasha
23 April 2005
Version: 3.1
OK.. I have a "kanga", G3 powerbook #1, 250 mhz, 160M ram, and now it is using thousands of colors. I used 3.1 to put 10.2 on my system, and for once, for no reason, the pcmcia lucent airport card was seen by the machine in X, but I don't wanna wipe it until I can figure out how this worked. see, it t saw the lucent card @ 10.2, but it lost is when I updated to 10.2.8 thru eth
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Anonymous
19 April 2005
Version: 3.1
I am sold on XPostfacto (although I still need to pay the author for this EXCELLENT piece of software). Although I have not tried out version 3.1 yet, version 3.0.x.x works beautifully on my mildly-upgraded Powermac 7500, in addition to two Beige G3s with the skanky built-in 2MB video. Thanks to Ryan Rempel et al, those of us with legacy "unsupported" Powermacs don't need to suck on the juicy Apple shaft financially and go buy a newer machine just to be up-to-date with the OS versions. This program is a must-have for all who own legacy systems.
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Anonymous
19 April 2005
Version: 3.1
One of the most valuable pieces of software of all time… Others: Conflict Catcher DiskWarrior etc
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Anonymous
19 April 2005
Version: 3.1
would be nice to see support for tiger for those of us without built-in firewire ports.
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Anonymous
18 April 2005
Version: 3.1a4
Has anyone tried to update to OSX 10.3.9? I have a beloved 9600 with Sonnet G4/800, and am on hairy edge of upgradability. Currently, I can ONLY boot using XpostFacto (3.0), not the Startup disk in OS9.X NOR OSX 10.3.8 . . . any suggestions there?
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Usingpond
04 April 2005
Version: 3.1a4
this is a great app, i used it on my old mac a while ago. but now, i just bought a new ibook, which can't boot into or install os 9. is there an opposite of xpostfacto that can fix this? sort of like xpostfacto, but in bizarro world, where up is down, black is white, and apples are oranges
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Anonymous
03 April 2005
Version: 3.1a4
Definitely the ultimate FrankenMac! And only possible with XPostFacto!!!
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Anonymous
03 April 2005
Version: 3.1a4
I think this is the version that has worked the best. Finally stable on PowerTower Pro w/Sonnet 800mhz G4 card. Keeps this machine and investment going for the long term. Ryan (the author) has definitely put in some long hours developing this software, and I can tell you that he has come quite a long way. This software actually works quite smoothly compared to a year or so ago (when I couldn't get it to work at all). Ryan is also frequently vocal in the forum associated with this software (which hadn't been the case previously). If you've got an Old World machine with a fairly speedy processor (I really wouldn't recommend using OS X on anything slower than 500 mhz), then this may be the time to make the leap to OS X. I highly recommend... Current machine: OS 10.3.8 XPostFacto 3.1a4 PowerTower Pro w/800mhz Sonnet G4 ATI Radeon 7000 Video PCI card (32MB w/DVI) 896MB RAM USB 1.1 PCI card Firewire 400 PCI card Aria Extreme 802.11g Wireless PCI card Adaptec 2930BU SCSI PCI card (OEM) Siig ATA 133 PCI card Teac CD-ROM internal Matshita DVD-ROM internal Iomega Zip 100 internal Nomai MCD 540 internal All functioning in OS X except original floppy drive (who needs it?).
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Anonymous
11 March 2005
Version: 3.1a2
Installed jaguar on my power tower pro 225(604e)with no problems at all.Thanks XPostfacto!
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Anonymous
03 March 2005
Version: 3.1a2
Works great with my Beige G3 (upgraded to G4 533 w/radeon 7k PCI). I'm desperately trying to find a cheap G4 AGP mobo though.
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Anonymous
25 February 2005
Version: 3.1a1
Thank you ! The one and only program to make the current OS X run on 'old' hardware. A great contribution to even lower the 'total cost of ownership' of Apple Hardware. TCO _is_ already lower than the misleadingly advertised 'cheaper' PCs. This program cannot make your 'old' Mac faster but allows you to keep pace with the further developement of OS X. And a word to the developers: Any chance to make the 'old' OS 9 boot on a G5 ? (not Classic mode) ...doh!
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Anonymous
24 February 2005
Version: 3.1a1
Save up all your dough, and just get a Mac Mini when MacOS X 10.4 comes out. You're gonna have to buy 10.4 anyway. Sell off your old pre-X macs and it'll be even easier to afford the mini. After processor, ram, and other upgrades to make OSX run marginally well on these ancient machines you could easily afford a mini. The talents of the authors of this software are undeniable. But it would be to greater advantage for the mac community if they spent their energies writing drivers and support for current devices and peripherals.
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Anonymous
24 February 2005
Version: 3.1a1
The 6100 is a NuBus system, and is not supported by OSX...not even with a processor upgrade (the 601 processor is not supported).
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Anonymous
24 February 2005
Version: 3.1a1
v3.0 permitted Panther to install on a beige G3/266. Flawless performance. Simply amazing.
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Anonymous
17 February 2005
Version: 3.0
YES!!!!Jaguar is now supported with the 603 and 604 CPU's(with xpostfacto beta)Thank you soooo much to all the developers of Xpostfacto.You have defenently made my life easier
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Anonymous
24 January 2005
Version: 3.0
Will this let me install Panther or TIGER on my 6100? I have anough RAM
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Saturnworld2002
24 January 2005
Version: 3.0
Has anybody encountered this problem? I have a Beige G3 333, running Mac OS 10.3.7 with a PCI Firewire Card installed, when I connect a Firewire device such as a HD it freezes. This has corrupted my installation twice now!
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Anonymous
20 January 2005
Version: 3.0
I had to remove the Atto UL2D SCSI card to be able to run the OS X 10.3 Installer disks, after that it wokred like a charm. All that with a Xpostfacto 3 beta release. Current system is a 7500, G3/490, 1 GB RAM, ATI Radeon, 2xFW/2xUSB combo, ATTO UL2D, Seagate 16GB SCSI, IBM 2GB (yr.1995), 2x IBM 16GB. I'm just missing 1 slot to fit a dual 100Base-T ethernet card... BTW: A logitech USB mouse and a Medion Graphics-tablet perform nicely. Although the system has a measly 50 MHz bus (according to today's standards), it still performs good enough to have it running the latest Internet stuff etc. Today it's only 11 months away from the 10 years of service I believed I could get from a Mac... like the 7500.
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Anonymous
20 January 2005
Version: 3.0
The new icon is a little cheesy but the app is as great as ever when it comes to breathing new life into an old machine. I wonder what'd happen if you tried to run Windows XP on a seven-year-old PC?
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Anonymous
11 January 2005
Version: 3.0b12
Finally got this to work on my son's PowerTower Pro w Sonnet G4 800. Works well, however, there are major problems with USB. Cannot use USB mice without causing screen to freeze. Freezes occasionally, but much more acceptable than in the past (when I couldn't even get machine to boot). In fact, my mac G4 at work crashes more frequently. Keep up the work on this -- I think that you're finally close to achieving a truly functional and useful piece of software.
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Anonymous
15 December 2004
Version: 3.0b12
This worked! I have a PowerMac 7500 with a Sonnet G4 card (I think it's called Crescendo). I also have a 4GB external LaCie drive. I had purchased Sonnet's software for installing OS X, but I could only ever get it to install 10.1. Try as I might, it always got hung up whenever I tried to install Jaguar. In fairness, Sonnet's tech people were very responsive; I have no problems with their customer service. They had told me way back when to contact them by phone about the Jaguar problem, but I got sidetracked and moved on to other things. Today, though, I needed to install Jaguar on the old system, so I decided to give XPostFacto a try. It worked like a charm. I'm most impressed.
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danpinto@me.com
08 December 2004
Version: 3.0b12
After several failed attempts I finally read others comments in the forum and removed one of the 256 sticks from my Wallstreet PDQ with powerlogix G4 / 500 upgrade and the install went without a hitch. And has been solid for several weeks including security updates. Dan
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Geobulga
04 December 2004
Version: 3.0b11
It worked fine the first time I installed it onto my PB Wallstreet/G3 with a Sonnet G3/500 Upgrade. I even update Panther online. I duly registered for XPostFacto Support and the related confirmation was #1093118. Unfortunately, after a couple of months I began having problems and, since then, I was -definitely- unable to either reinstall Panther or even Jaguar. I was asking for help since Sun, 1 Aug 2004 17:32:44 +0100 addressing my requests to and but, unfortunately, I have not as yet received any sign of reply. Not even return-receipts to my messages. Finally, I was obliged to delete everything to install at least Jaguar onto my hard disk because all my efforts to do it over XPostfacto files were unsuccessful: Jaguar was very instable, all applications were closing unexpectedly and the system restarted each time without shutting off.
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Pertti-Laakso
02 December 2004
Version: 3.0b11
works fine on my 8600 now. have 10.3.6, memory 768Mb,ati radeon 7000 64Mb,owc G4 450Mhz (oc468),but can't use any cache enabler. tried xlr8 mscX give text you need to restart your computer, sonnet cache enabler it goes in but can't configure it. do i have to move original system config,any help from here.thanks.
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Anonymous
02 December 2004
Version: 3.0b11
Why is this a "sitx" file if it's an OS X/OS 9 app? There's no way to unstuff it in OS 9, so if you need to use it from OS 9 to install OS X, you're just out of luck, I guess. Total catch-22.
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Anonymous
23 November 2004
Version: 3.0b11
I used the 3.0b10 to upgrade my Beige G3 to Panther, and I am extremely happy!!! I'm looking forward to running more Apps in 10.3.6 now.
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Anonymous
17 November 2004
Version: 3.0b10
"Make sure, check, set, fix..." I was so hoping that the app might do all this for me... :) Jokes aside, b10 seems more stable than its predecessor at startup, even with the cache enabler...well, enabled. Better at remembering settings, too. Thanks to RR!
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Anonymous
29 October 2004
Version: 3.0b9
A lifesaver. Thanks to Mr. Rempel, who has kept refining this must-have. Also thanks to users, many who have kept him abreast of their particular issues and difficulties, all of which have helped to make this a great piece of software. My only wish would be to be able to use a USB keyboard to go into Open Firmware or Single User mode. Unless I set those options up in advance, I can't; I'm still using an ADB keyboard. My hardware config: PowerComputing PTPRO 180 Sonnet G4/700MHz processor upgrade 768 MB RAM ATI Radeon 7000 PCI card M-Audio 7.1 Revolution PCI card Firewire/USB 2 PCI card SIIG Ultra ATA 133/100 PCI card 160GB Maxtor Ultra IDE HD
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Anonymous
26 September 2004
Version: 3.0b8
Hardware: powermac 7300 upgraded with a Sonnet G4 700 with a 1mb L3 cache , a 64 mb Radeon 7000 video bios flashed to mac edition, 320 mb of ram, two internal SCSI drives (one for classis the other for: - software: Panther [10.3.5] PCI extreme and of course xpostfacto with L2/L3 cache enabled, THIS MOTHER ROCKS - full screen smooth full motion video, quartz extreme, snappy finder, altivec etc installation - I had a 10.0 disk and a panther upgrade. 10.0 did not work. Borrowed Jaguar, worked fine, upgraded to Panther Hey Ryan - you are the man! [how is Tiger compatibility coming]
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Daniel Gustafsson
28 August 2004
Version: 3.0b8
Version 3.0b8 Works fine now on my wallstreet. Thanks.
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Anonymous
26 August 2004
Version: 3.0b8
I love it,I installed os 10.1 on my power computing power tower pro with all the original hardware and now i have a dedicated quake 3 server running geat on there, Thank you ryan,Keep up the great work
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Anonymous
12 August 2004
Version: 3.0b8
The OS X 10.3.5 update hasn't broken anything I've found on my two XPF-upgraded machines. Although I was updating from 10.3.4, I downloaded and ran the 10.3.5 combo updater. I ran the security update right before that (apparently not needed, as it was included in the 10.3.5 update). I ran the JAVA 142Update1 package afterwards. Everything's been working great for me for some time. About the only thing I could have asked for in the past would have been some sort of hardware compatibility scanning utility to use beforehand. It was a bit of a feat installing on a 9600 with old video cards. I was able to do it nearly-blind using one old card giving me mostly-unreadable dithered monochrome during the OS X install, switching to my other (different) ancient card afterwards for normal use. Neither card would work for both. The support forums were very helpful, but it would have saved considerable time to have a utility spot the more obvious (to the informed) potential problems.
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Anonymous
06 August 2004
Version: 3.0b8
Great It Made os x work on my 8500.
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Daniel Gustafsson
02 August 2004
Version: 3.0b2
I can not get 3.0b2 to work on my wallstreet 300 mhz 384 mb ram. Weird cause all pre xpost versions did?!
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Anonymous
30 July 2004
Version: 3.0b2
Sorry, The software is a great collection of "open source" material repackaged into a "user friendly" application. Could use a new icon :-)
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Anonymous
20 July 2004
Version: 3.0b2
A magic little piece of software. I now have Panther running on my beige G3.
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dangerous dave
14 July 2004
Version: 3.0b2
Well i wish this version came out ealier!! I have a wallstreet with the 8gig HD. I did get panther on there last week and it works just fine with 192megs of ram. Let's face it 10.1.5 isnt useful anymore. Everything requires 10.2 or later. I part'ed the drive into 3 parts after reading something online and installed 10.3 on 1 segment. It works great now. That was my hold up. So I think this product is wonderful and they keep making it better.
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pepe laakso
04 July 2004
Version: 3.0b1
XPostFacto works fine on my 7600 powermac. i have 10.2.8 OS now panther maybe later. thanks to Ryan from good work. pl from finland
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Paul D. Tatum
19 June 2004
Version: 3.0b1
Carl, just how didi you get your beige g3 to work with (panther) all I get is (panther) will not work on this computer..... ? when I try and boot from the 10.3 cd...... now how did you do that......
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Anonymous
10 June 2004
Version: 3.0b1
Excellent… Can't use the Apple "factory" internal modem for FAXing with Mac OS 10.3.2-4. Dial up internect sees the modem in a PowerMac G3 333 mHz and works fine but if I try to FAX I can't select any modem and if I click FAX I get just a printing error. Apple LaserWriter IIg works fine otherwise... Impressive programing.
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Anonymous
09 June 2004
Version: 3.0b1
Excellent product which allows me to use my Beige G3 in Panther. I couldn't make it without it. Registered today and gladly paid my $25. If you're using it, you should, too. Keep up the good work.
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Ryan Rempel
09 June 2004
Version: 3.0b1
OWC has been, and continues to be, extremely generous in supporting my work on XPostFacto. For some reason, people seem to worry about whether I am benefitting personally from the registration fees. Without going into detail, let me assure you that I am -- in fact, OWC's support for XPostFacto is only *partially* offset by the registration fees. OWCLarry deserves particular credit for having consistently supported my work for several years now. Without his support, I would not have been able to spend nearly as much time on this as I have.
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Anonymous
09 June 2004
Version: 3.0b1
Great applications for "old" Macs! Looks like Ryan doesn't get the lions share of the money and Other World Computing (Larry) has started to bleed the Beige community! Ouch! OWCLarry
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Anonymous
08 June 2004
Version: 3.0b1
At least do a little research before yelling about whether or not the sky is falling. 'Adds a window which pops up to remind users to register. I'm not doing any verification within the application of whether they have actually registered or not.'
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Anonymous
08 June 2004
Version: 3.0b1
A pop-up window to remind the user about registration…IT HAS BEGUN…one closer step to extortion… Keep the "honest" spirit of Open Source!
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Marco
17 May 2004
Version: 3.0a17
What about the 6500/225? When will that be supported?
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megateam
09 May 2004
Version: 3.0a17
A long time I've wait for this fantastic utility. I have a beige G3 with built in video, 512 mb of ram, FW, USB aso., 1 GHz Sonnet Encore G4 processor. I installed XPostFacto and 10.3.3. - fantastic. Panther runs without any problem. Performance 10.2.8 vs 10.3.3: CPU: + 30% HDD: + 30% RAM: + 250% Grafik: slow (25% of 10.2.8) But the display of videos likes better and faster than under 10.2.8. Thank you very much for this utility. It's a very great work.
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Davy-gravy
29 April 2004
Version: 3.0a17
Well done, Ryan. Really nice. Just a few tweaks and improvements needed. Although technically still at alpha status, I have used XPostFacto 3.0a17 to install Panther (10.3 and 10.3.2, both upgraded later to 10.3.3) on two Beige G3's (530MHz and 420MHz). They are very usable now with Panther, running just the onboard ATI Rage Pro video. My main work computer (Beige 530MHz) is running Panther. It is snappy enough (not as quick as my MDD 1.25GHz of course) and seems a bit more responsive than Jaguar. Very satisfying results. I did have a few hiccups along the way. They were best avoided when I: 1). Freshly partitioned the target HD with separate OS 9 and OS X partitions (OS X partition within the 1st 8GB), 2). Installed 9.2 on the OS 9 partition first, booted into 9.2 and started XPostFacto's Panther-install process from there, 3) Directly after the first CD in the installation process finished and the computer booted Panther for the 1st time, I switched System Preferences>Energy Saver>Hard driver never sleep & Screen sleep after 1 hr. This seemed to eliminate/lessen the frequency of the video panics (mentioned at http://www.opendarwin.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=1708 ). After that installation, booting (from both HD and CDROM) has been normal. The video panic was (black screen, unrecoverable from it) initially a problem - repeatedly half way through the second install CD the screen would go black and the installation would halt. The solution of setting the screen to sleep after an hr or 30 minutes was a counterintuitive one (for me at least), but it has continued to work for me. The video panics still sometimes appear, but only very infrequently (once a week or two). I am confident that Mr Rempel will find the source and a fix for this problem, just as he has solved some other issues. Another area that should improve as this software progress passes the beta stage is that of installation ease. I had success only when doing an install on a truly fresh partition - a complete partition of the entire HD into 2 or 3 smaller partitions. Perhaps in later versions one will be able to install without having to repartition the entire HD. My final item is a request... I hope that when the post beta XPostFacto is offered we can seemlessly and _reliably_ uprgrade our alpha or beta versions without having to reinstall Panther. This product is a good one. Version 2 was indispensible for those who wanted to run their pre-Beige machines in Jaguar. Now version 3 is a must for those of us who want to move to Panther with our beige boxes. I look forward to the finished product. It is well worth the $10 shareware fee.
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Anonymous
14 April 2004
Version: 3.0a17
Few of these "reviews" are even reviews. Why don't you guys just pony up for the registration fee and put your problems into a forum designed to deal with them? i.e. The XPostfacto forum, where we all discuss any bugs or difficulties and either get the developer to include fixes or use workarounds others have used. Thank you
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Anonymous
14 April 2004
Version: 3.0a17
What about the PowerBook Wallstreet? When will that be supported?
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Eric30
14 April 2004
Version: 3.0a17
It looks like a PM9600 is giving me trouble putting Panther on it. I removed everything but the scsi- HD build in, used ext. cd rom, internal cd- rom, nothing seems to work. I removed extra ram, ... Strange. 10.2.8 did work for this machine. I'm working on it for days now.
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Anonymous
13 April 2004
Version: 3.0a16
Beige G3 (rev c) with XLR8 G4 and stock video...I too couldn't use the installer from either Mac OS 9 or 10.2.8...weird, because a clone from a PowerMac G4 Tower followed by XPostFacto update yielded a working system. I mean a nice working system! User experience "feels" much faster than a clean install of Jaguar :-) I know it's work but, when the installer gets fixed this application will rank among the top 5-10 Macintosh applications of all times (in my view of course)
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Anonymous
06 April 2004
Version: 3.0a16
WOW! Beige G3 video (ATI Rage Pro) works! But couln't use the installer in either OS 9 nor 10..needed to clone OS 10.3.2 from a FireWire HD...other than that great! ASP doesn't list all items correctly but so what!
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Matt
04 April 2004
Version: 3.0a16
This program worked like a dream. It took some figuring out and a little common sense to get started, but after that everything went great. I have a beige g3 with built in video, 768 mb of ram, fw and usb pci cards, 120gb ata hd and dvd/cd burner, a 333 native g3 processor clocked to 366 (which has NO problems). I had os 10.2.8 installed (installs fine without xpost) in order for it to work i had to log in as the root user - putting the admin password while using the admin account wouldn't installl xpost properly. i am now on 10.3.3, with software update working smooth as silk. Pather runs great no problem at all! long live the beige and thank you SOO much for this utility... i thought i was going to have to buy an expensive graphics card, and get a new ata driver, but no need... long live xpost!
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Anonymous
30 March 2004
Version: 3.0a16
This will be the GREATEST thing since sliced bread for the "Beige" community! The only thing stopping me from sending money is the sleep issue :-( For me, on an older machine I would prefer to "sleep" the machine when I'm away from it (i.e. to save the life of aged components).
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Anonymous
30 March 2004
Version: 3.0a16
Used 3.0a14 to install Panther on a Beige G3. Built-in video was tried, but didn't work. The mac has a 16MB ATI Rage 128 PCI card installed and it worked. The mac is also upgraded with a 500Mhz G4 ZIF and the bus speed running at 83Mhz. Installation was not effortless, but after a few tries it did work.
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Anonymous
30 March 2004
Version: 3.0a16
Works great with a Sonnet WSG4 upgrade and Panther on my Wallstreet, but until sleep gets figured out I can't stick with it. When sleep gets wrapped up, there won't be a single reason to not go with it for me (even the S video out works perfectly!).
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Anonymous
30 March 2004
Version: 3.0a16
Does anyone know if the built in Video In of a 8600 is supported?
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Michael Riechert
30 March 2004
Version: 3.0a15
XPost is one of the best utilities in the mac scene and overall it is free. For two years I tried to install on my beige PowerPC G3 with 466 Mhz ( old Formac ziff card) and 640 MB RAM and ATI Radeon 7000 at first Jaguar and then Panther without any success. The way ended with MacOs 10.1.5. Yesterday I tried xpostfacto 3.0a15 and after twenty minutes I had installed Panther on my beige G3 without any problems. I updated to 10.3.3 afterwards. The system is fast and stabile with xBench value of about 36. I am now very happy, because I can use my old beige G3 with the latest system with very good speed. Many thanks to Ryan Rempel for his outstanding marvellous work. Greetings from Munich, Germany Michael
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Anonymous
26 March 2004
Version: 3.0a15
This piece of software is absolutely terrific. I don't doubt that Apple wished that they had done something similar for their customer base. On a PM9600 G4 XLR8 450mhz, 1.216gb RAM and a Radeon 7000 ME video card, and using XPF3.0.a14 my Mac is as fast and fun to use as our ibook G3 500 mhz. Actually more fun since I have the larger 17 inch Sony monitor. Now I must say that this has not been without some pain. But for most of us on these Legacy machines well worth the experience. Cheers, Rhodee
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Anonymous
26 March 2004
Version: 3.0a15
does it work with a Twentieth Anniversary Mac?
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Anonymous
23 March 2004
Version: 3.0a14
It does not work at all for my Powerbook G3/266 with 10.2 already installed and trying to go to Panther. I have tried various versions of XPF and all have failed!! I have had to reinstall the 10.2....many hours of wasted time!!!
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Anonymous
18 March 2004
Version: 3.0a14
Works flawlessly with OS 10.3.3 on a beige.
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Anonymous
04 March 2004
Version: 3.0a12
Works perpekt with my G3 beige. Bur i used an Panther 10.3.2 image (CCC) from my fresh iMAC G3 233 install. Most problems maybe occur at booting from Panther CD (with XPF). My G3 beige won´t boot at this way to install Panther. So i came to the idea to use an fresh Image from my IMAC after putting XPF Support (install extensions and bootx). The 1,9 GB image take some time over LAN 10MBit but the G3 beige start up perfekt , after backcloning the image with CCC to beige and setting this partition as startup (using XPF).
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Anonymous
04 March 2004
Version: 3.0a12
Integrated video and original processors? Ryan *has* been busy! I've got a 7500 I've upgraded to a 604e/233 that's getting a fresh coat of paint. :)
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Anonymous
02 March 2004
Version: 3.0a11
Cant get it to work on power computing power tower pro 225 i am trying to install panther on it but i have no luck
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Mike S.
29 January 2004
Version: 3.0a11
Testbed: G3/400 (Upgraded Power Macintosh 8600/300) running Mac OS X 10.2.8 with 464 MB RAM Summary: Let's be honest; a new computer is expensive. Five hundred dollars will buy you a pretty good PC but five hundred dollars is not pocket change. Buying a new Mac is an even bigger investment and nobody likes to get rid of a perfectly functional computer. Enter Ryan Rempel, creator of XPostFacto, an amazing combination of OS X kernel extensions (KEXTs) and a GUI front end that allows you to modify your Mac's Open Firmware and send Mac OS X start up commands. XPostFacto achieves what Apple refuses to do; allow a wide range of PowerPC 604 (or better) Macs to install and run Mac OS X, breathing new life and functionality into the quality hardware Apple customers have invested premium dollar in. Here is how it works, you download XPostFacto, double click the application, select an OS X boot disk (be it CD or HD) and click Restart. XPostFacto takes over from there and it works incredibly well. If you dig deeper into the application you'll find options to designate an input and output devices via Open Firmware. This worked great for me as I have a PCI Radeon video card and as of XPF version 3 alpha 11 I now get the white Apple boot screen where as before I would see nothing but black until the "Welcome to Macintosh" Aqua progress bar would appear. It's a little touch, with some useful benefits, that makes the system feel more complete and less like a hack. Advanced Users may opt to boot OS X into verbose mode or see any kernel panic info; even access the debug data that only a developer could love. The execution is done with such beauty and ease that it completely belies the technical difficulty of what has been accomplished with this utility. Ryan Rempel is, in my opinion, an unsung hero of the Macintosh community. This is a person who has allowed thousands of Mac users to be a part of this new Macintosh renaissance. People who Apple has willfully left behind in a bid for higher profit margins as they continue to intentionally obsolete perfectly functional computers by removing existing support from new Mac OS X releases. XPostFacto is not perfect, some features simply do not work under Mac OS X while they do under Mac OS 9 but one can hardly hold this against the utility or it's author. Simply put, XPostFacto increases the value and longevity of your "legacy Mac" and allows you to experience all of the incredible work that Apple's software engineers have done without requiring you to needlessly spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on new hardware that you may not require right now. Don't get me wrong, Apple's new hardware is amazing but I simply do not need a new machine for anything when my upgraded 8600 handles all tasks well; This is a testament to Apple's engineering prowess but their actions with regard to Mac OS X proves they are a large corporation like any other. Pros: • Mac OS X on your Pre-G3 Mac! • Simple to use interface with powerful options. • Now able to be used from Mac OS 9 or Mac OS X Cons: • It's almost unfair to mention any because this utility is constantly doing the impossible without a guidebook but in the spirt of balance... • Some features won't work on some models (e.g.. sleep, system wide volume control, use of built-in video inputs) so be sure you read all release notes. • May require some hardware changes and/or upgrades. (e.g.. I had to switch my internal SCSI drive to the slower SCSI 1 BUS to allow it to boot as it would halt when attempting to communicate with the disk on the Fast SCSI 0 BUS) • Current version has issues with G3 L2 "backside" cache and defaults to disabling it (enabling it caused a kernel panic at boot on my machine but another utility, CPU Director, may have enabled it again. This is unknown as System Profiler may be giving me bad info) Bottom Line: I have nothing but respect for Ryan Rempel and praise for XPostFacto. If you've got a PowerPC based Mac (no 601s or 603s, sorry.) that Apple has abandoned then give XPostFacto a try so you to can leave Mac OS 9 where it belongs... in the past.
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C B Ponton
27 January 2004
Version: 3.0a11
Ryan, you have done a BRILLIANT job with 3.0a11 so far, bar the L2/L3 cache config and on-board video glitches!! I have used it to successfully install Panther on my Beige G3 Desktop (Rev.1), which I use as my main office computer since buying it new in 1995, alongside a less-used 1GHz Windows PC!. It is fitted with a Sonnet G4 500/250 MHz 1 MB L2 backside cache (2:1 ratio), 768 MB RAM, Acard 6280M ATA/IDE PCI card, USB 1.1 PCI card, Maxtor DiamondMax Plus D740X6L060J3 60 GB HDD, external SCSI ZIP 250. I did not remove/change any of the above before running XPostFacto, which successfully installed Panther in the 1st 7GB partition (required) on the Maxtor HDD. It did so with L2/L3 config "on" as far as installing system from Install CD 1 but would not re-boot properly (ending up with "blue blank screen freeze") in readiness for Install CD 2. With L2/L3 config "off", the install and re-boot sequence worked without a hitch! I used "0 throttle" and "force old video drivers" with verbose mode. I also tried using Sonnet X Tune-up 1.2.7 to enable the L2 backside cache after installing OX 10.3 successfully. IT DID NOT WORK and in the process corrupted the formerly successful Panther install, preventing cold-booting even via XPostFacto! So after another full (except for X11) Archive and Reinstall, I used the Powerlogix Cache Control X 2.1b4 application to enable the L2 backside cache. I then Software Updated to OS X 10.3.2 and ran SpeedStart to cure the 10.3.2 slow start problem. All in all, it has only taken 15 hours to go from running OS X 10.2.8 full install to running OS X 10.3.2 full install with all current on-line Software Updates loaded, with everything (i.e. hardware and software) running as it did under OX 10.2.8! - NOT BAD. Many thanks, Ryan. Keep up the good work!!!
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Jwilson13
27 January 2004
Version: 3.0a11
Worked like a charm on an old Umax s900 with a G3 upgrade and many other additions (video card, USB/FW Card, ATA controller, etc). Thanks Ryan! It's developers like you who make the mac community so great.
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Anonymous
23 January 2004
Version: 3.0a11
This is one fine little piece of software. My Powerbook is now quite up-to-date thanks to Mr. Rempel.
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Anonymous
29 December 2003
Version: 3.0a10
what's all the fuss about? installed os10.2 on my 8600/300,g3,500.went as smooth as can be.overall everything works as advertised,a great peice of software!now all i have to do is get use to jaguar!
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Anonymous
22 December 2003
Version: 3.0a10
Ran xpostfacto from a OS9.1 drive in a Umax S900 with a G4 400 card. Installed Panther like a dream. Even used an ATI Orion video card. Just check off use old drivers in Xpostfacto. Great software.
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21 December 2003
Version: 3.0a9
ran Xpost on a wallstreet powerbook G3/266. Was able to install from OS9 o.k, but video display has problems in Panther...Colours do not display correctly etc. however i'm sure it'll be sorted in beta version.
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Anonymous
16 December 2003
Version: 3.0a9
I'll give it 5 stars without using it yet. Does anybody know if you have to have a 9 system on your drive to open XPostFacto? Thanks.
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Art Kurtzman
14 December 2003
Version: 3.0a9
XPF worked exactly as expected in loading OS 10.2 (later upgraded to 10.2.8)in two lagacy 8600 machines with with G4 processor cards. The computers are using ATA drives. Thus far, the installation has proven to be perfectly stable and runs flawlessly.
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Mac
11 December 2003
Version: 3.0a9
Putting it simply. Xpostfacto is a remarkable advance in compassion for those who have a load of older computers and just can't quite justify their disposal. We are running a group of old macs as our servers and love what xpostfacto has done for us.
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Anonymous
08 December 2003
Version: 3.0a9
I've been looking forward to getting to put Panther on my Wallstreet Powerbook, but XPostFacto won't open. I don't have any 9 system on my machine and am running 10.2.8. Don't know what's the matter.
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Anonymous
07 December 2003
Version: 3.0a9
I have installed 10.2.8 this month on a power mac 7600 up graded G4 450 CPU with 512 memory 40GB maxtor HD, Sony CD-RW worked GREAT here very very stable could not be happier XPostFacto worked better then the Sonnet X software will use it next year with Panther as well Ryan is the best in my book
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Anonymous
27 November 2003
Version: 3.0a9
See below.
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Anonymous
27 November 2003
Version: 3.0a9
A 'non' mac guru is just that. I gave my opinion of this product based on my experience. He made his comments as a political stab at my freedom of speech. The fact is that this whole product is a "wannabee" effort, because all of the machines it supports are no longer supported by Apple. YET, I applauded its authors efforts (this keeps getting ignored). If you want an honest opinion, all you have to do is read the comments, and make a decision for YOURSELF. I am a Systems Administrator, with two completely installed and networked mac systems in the last 6 years, which have been HIGHLY complimented. I deal with installation of software on a regular basis. My decisions to use a piece of software, both at work and home, is based on ease of use and installation. However, I would be willing to bet that a 'non' mac guru falls into the label of "computer geek". These people expect the rest of the normal world to understand and accept their intellect for wasting an entire day installing a piece of software, just to say it worked. Most of us have lives that demand us to use our time wisely. Therefore, the real question for using this software is: Are you a geek, or are you just looking to use your computer for work and pleasure? And by the way, the nickname 'macguruguy' came from my former boss -- who introduced me to people as such.
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Anonymous
27 November 2003
Version: 3.0a9
" What have you done" Learned to listen to the silence. Lest the shrill voice that I have makes me less patient than I would wish. I suggest you take a cue from this.
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Rhodee
26 November 2003
Version: 3.0a9
XPostFacto has saved me hundreds if not thousands of "buck$". The simplicity and strength of this enabler for Legacy machines cannot be overstated. With hundreds of configurations out there, it is remarkable what this Canadian programmer has achieved. I am looking forward with gusto the installation of Panther on my 9600. Thank-you very much RyanR!
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Anonymous
26 November 2003
Version: 3.0a9
You need to activate the L2 cache. Use Powerlogix Cache Control from Powerlogix.
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Pawn1
26 November 2003
Version: 3.0a9
how bout this. i don't waste money i dont have . this utility, has worked on t he first time for me, each time i've installed OS X (any version). havent tried Panther yet. soon tho. my mac isnt a clone so maybe thats why it works properly with apple software. *7600 with 400 mhz G3, 384 mb RAM* soon to be a 700 mhz G4 with another sonnet upgrade. and im positive panther will install properly for me, with this software, cuz by the time i get panther... most the bugs should be worked outa this *ALPHA* release. Which most people are incoherant about.
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Anonymous
25 November 2003
Version: 3.0a9
Don't waste your time with this program. While it is a brilliant effort, you will be far less stressed to purchase an actual G4 machine and upgrade it to your liking. I tried this program with two PowerComputing clones (for about six months), neither of which would run PROPERLY with Jaguar. I then purchased a G4 off of ebay, upgraded it with a 1.4 Ghz G4 chip, and installed Panther, which ran perfectly the first time.
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Gary Holdren
19 November 2003
Version: 3.0a8
I'm using an 8500 upgraded with a Sonnet Crescendo G4/450 card. This is a great app, but I'm confused. I upgraded to 10.2.8 using Sonnet's upgrade software and things run smoothly. As a test I upgraded to 10.2.8 on another drive using XPostFacto. The install went smoothly, but it runs like a dog. Very slow. It benchmarks at about half the speed as the upgrade from Sonnet. What am I missing. It's almost as if XPostFacto doesn't regognize the Sonnet card.
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Anonymous
19 November 2003
Version: 3.0a8
Just installed Panther on my Umax S900 with Xpostfacto 3a8. ATI Rad. 7000, Sonnet G4 450, 256mb of RAM, Sonnet PCI ATA card. Was kinda a pain at first because it didn't want to finish the install with a IDE cdrom drive. I had to install with a old SCSI rom drive. Anyhow, thanks a bunch. This machine would be useless without this app. Works great and it's only Alpa. Oh and yes the bootscreen works for X. That didin't work with the older version of Xpostfacto.
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Anonymous
18 November 2003
Version: 3.0a8
Take note, to whom it may concern: "XPF does not support 10.3 on Kanga or the Wallstreet Powerbooks yet, nor on the Beige G3"
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Anonymous
18 November 2003
Version: 3.0a8
I tried XPF to get an Boot Screen from my ATI 7000 PCI. The G3 beige normaly adidnt´t show the gray boot logo or any textoutput (for fsck command etc.). The option for selecting output device to the PCI ATYR100 card didn´t help to get an boot screen. Any other G3 beige users with ATI 7000 PCI here ?
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Stan
18 November 2003
Version: 3.0a8
This Program Is A God Send Been Usinbg It For Years No Problem Just Downloaded Version 3 And Upgraded To Panther Working Flawless Thanks For A Great Program Man 7500 Powermac Upgraded To 800 MHZ G4 With Sonnet Card 384 Megs Of Ram ATI Radeon 7000 Card
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