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Mac OS 7.5.3 > 7.5.5 international update (problem)

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I have succesfully downloaded on three separate occasions the NetInstall version of this update for a PowerPC 4400/160 which was delivered with B1-7.5.3 pre-installed (this is the UK version).

After double-ckicking on the Installer icon, selecting British, and agreeing to the conditions, I get a message which informs me that the update is only for "non-PowerBook 1400 computers", and the installation is refused.  The Help button provides two empty screens.  The ReadMe.txt file from the Apple FTP server makes no such restriction, and I am curious as to what is going wrong.
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by:Nate01
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I belive that it can't be loaded on some older powerbooks. I read it somewhere on the apple site wait i'll go check.

this is from  http://support.info.apple.com/ftp/7.5.5.html
      IMPORTANT: System 7.5.5 Update is not recommended for PowerBook
1400 owners. The update was not designed for use on the PowerBook 1400.

even though this is from the english site, it applies to all versions.
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by:Frenchman
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I don't have a PB 1400 (laptop) - my question shows clearly that I have a PowerPC (desktop).  The restriction is clear in my the US and International versions' ReadMe file.
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by:Nate01
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Well then you have a severe software or hardware problem in which your computer acts like a laptop. you need real help, go buy sytem 7.6 and upgrade to 7.6.1. it will fix the problem too.
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Hi Frenchman,

did you try to download from ftp://ftp.info.apple.com/Apple.Support.Area/Apple.Software.Updates/Worldwide/Macintosh/System/System_7.5.5_Update/International-Multilingual/??

If so, I can email a working upgrade to 7.5.5 international, which I have on CD to you, if your Mailserver allows around 7 MB as attachment. Just leave a comment for me in that discussion alongwith your email address.

Hope, I can help you, re.
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by:Frenchman
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I'm tempted to suggest that I have neither a software nor a hardware problem, severe or otherwise.  Since it all works!  I have aksed this question all over the place, and I've never had an answer that makes sense.  If the Installer believes that I am running a laptop (rather than a desktop), then surely the Installer is at fault.  No?
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by:Frenchman
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Tnanks to Re.

I've downloaded the update from that site on several occasion.  I think that the problem is a conflict between my PowerPC 4400/160 and the Installer.  Unless someone has already succeeded that mainoeuvre, there's not much point in getting another copy!
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look for an alternate installer, they should be on the apple site as well.
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ok i found a prograsm called extract it system, i'll send it to you if you want it is shareware, That finds if your computer has any errors. When you get it you can mess around with all the features, but the main thing is the menu called diagnose, it can find out if your machine id is screwed and if it is you'll need norton or something beter to fix it or maybe even hafta call apple!   my address is      abby@vax1.mankato.msus.edu
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Whilst appreciating the assistance suggested, it doesn't answer the original question.  I already have Norton Utilities, and there iis nothing wrong with the system or the hardware.

I ahev since learnt from someone on a Usenet newsgroup that the 4400 range of PowerPCs will not accept the 7.5.5 update, although this is not at all apparent from Apple's data.

I regard this matter as closed.
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Why don't you just get sytem 7.6.1 and skip system 7.5.5, besides you have to get rid of your question anyway.
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by:Frenchman
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If I had wanted 7.6.1, I should have purchased it in the first place.  I have been advised not to bother with it, since it is too buggy for my particular configuration.

Thanks for your advice.
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New advice system eight is coming out in three days as of now, get system eight! it'll fix all the probs, go to apple.com to check it out!
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