Using OSX On Unsupported Macs


Yes, you can run OS X on 'Old World' Macintosh models such as the 7500 - 9600 with or without G3 upgrade cards. Of course, a G3 card is recommended due to the heavy strain on the CPU.

For instructions, see Ryan Rempel's Old World Support Page.

Be sure and download the Profile X software too.

XLR8YourMac's Forum on running OS X on pre-G3 (Old World) Macs

How To Telnet into Mac OS X from a Mac Plus or up.

Installing Software That Didn't Come With OS X

VersionTracker - hundreds of new OS X apps and shareware

Pine - a Program for Internet News & Email (a GLARING omission by Apple as Pine has been used by Unix users for decades).

Lynx - the venerable text browser. Surf the web from your terminal app.

GIMP on OS X - a very popular Photoshop- like app has been ported to OS X.

BitchX - Irc client and more.

Tips For Running OS X On Pre - G3 Macs

Speed up OS X

removing non-English files after installing OS X:

The non-English.lproj ('lproj' are the files used to localize OS X for other countries) account for about 270 MB of the default install.

Remove them with this method:

1) Become root (or just run the command as root)

2) Move to the top of the file system with "cd /"

3) Execute this command:

find / \! -name "English.lproj" -name "*.lproj" -type d -exec rm -r -- {} \;

It throws a bunch of warnings, but this is because the find command will find a nonenglish lproj, remove it, and then try to recurse down into it. It works, I just ran it on my system.

[Editor's note: I just ran this myself, and it works as expected. No system problems yet as a result. If you want to see what it will do BEFORE it does it, insert the word "echo" in front of the "rm" command. Non-English countries could modify this script with the country of their choice]



Add Dev Tools package for hard drive optimization and better speed.

hard drive optimization from the command line:

You can and should reboot into single user mode and run "fsck" command.

Resart OS X then hold down the command and the "s" key until you see the Matrix like unix
command take over your screen. At the promt, type "fsck -y" and it will check the directory and
report any errors. If you see any errors you must retype "fsck" untill you don't. then type reboot.
You can run the "optimizing" routine at any time, by starting a terminal and entering:
                                sudo update_prebinding -root / 

This can take quite a while to run, and may (or may not) speed up application launching times. G3-based users have reported speedups; most G4 owners have not seen any changes. Use at your own risk, and you may or may not see any benefit


 OS X Links

Apple's OS X discussion board


How to load OS X on a PPC 604 Mac

How to d/l and compile Unix apps

Mac OS X Hints

MacFixit Forums

Mac OS X Apps

Savage Trancendental - OS X tips and tricks


MacInTouch OS X Reader Reports

XLR8YourMac's Forum on running OS X on pre-G3 (Old World) Macs - tons of software

MacSlash -

VersionTracker - for new OS X apps and shareware

StepWise - Technical news, information, tips and tricks for the OSX user with a good foundation in UNIX and NeXTStep. - customizing OS X

MacCentral's OS X page

OSX Zone - lots of useful tips and message boards

Peanuts FTP site - lots of great software for OS X

Newbie cheatsheet

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