I finally upgraded to Mac OS X 10.4. I bought the box from Other World Computing, which had it for $99. Here are the steps that I following for the installation:
- I booted my laptop with the 10.4 DVD
- Plugged in an external firewire drive
- From the Utilities menu, selected Disk Utitiles
- Restored the internal drive to the external firewire drive
- Erased the internal drive
- Installed the software on the internal drive
- When it finished, and rebooted, restored the data from the external drive
This worked perfectly. I was surprised that the backup of the internal drive only took about 40 minutes. Restoring the data took the longest time. I assume that this was because the installation software was trying to figure which file to be restored.
The only problem that I had was the the icon of Mail in my dock would not launch. I had moved where Mail was installed, and the installer installed the new version in the original location. Once I put the new version of Mail in the dock, everything worked fine.
I haven't installed the new version of the Cisco VPN software yet, and I know that I will need to do that.
Update: I also noticed that one of the Scripting Additions that was in my home directory was not copied.
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