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A possible cause for freezes and crashes on your G5 PPC

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My G5, PPC, came with Tiger installed and ran great. I decided to upgrade to Leopard (not snow leopard) and at first it seemed to work well. After several days I noticed I have Permission errors that Disk Utility would not fix. (The only way to repair this was to insert the install disk and run Disk Utility from there: which means you have to reimport/install all the OS updates over again) Eventually the OS was crashing and freezing so I went to a local Apple repair store to ask why. Apparently Leopard is unstable on some G5 towers. I decided to reinstall Tiger and still had problems. After about 5 attempts at reinstalling the OS I realized I was using a disk from a G4 tower that my kids use, so I found the disk that come with my G5 and the install worked perfectly. So it appears that not all OS install disks are the same: At least my G5 doesn't think they are.

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My G5, PPC, came with Tiger installed and ran great. I decided to upgrade to Leopard (not snow leopard) and at first it seemed to work well.
Here is where you should backup, reinitialize, and make sure you use retail 10.4 rather than any OEM DVD?
After several days I noticed I have Permission errors that Disk Utility would not fix. (The only way to repair this was to insert the install disk and run Disk Utility from there: which means you have to reimport/install all the OS updates over again)
Some real confusion. Permissions can and should be done while booted from your hard drive; never run from older version of OS X.
Not all permission messages are errors.
Bootable backups (clones).
Invest in 3rd party repair programs.
Eventually the OS was crashing and freezing so I went to a local Apple repair store to ask why. Apparently Leopard is unstable on some G5 towers.
No, not really.
But you do have to insure your hardware, your software, is also current.
I decided to reinstall Tiger and still had problems. After about 5 attempts at reinstalling the OS I realized I was using a disk from a G4 tower that my kids use, so I found the disk that come with my G5 and the install worked perfectly.
So it appears that not all OS install disks are the same:
No secret there. NEVER use an OEM disc except your own; or, use retail full install versions is all. I guess you never came across that bit.
Sorry you had to take so much time, but sounds like came away with some misconceptions.

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