Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar update list

Mac OS X 10.2 was released by Apple in 2002. Ten years later, in the summer of 2012, Apple discontinued Software Update for Mac OS X 10.3 and earlier. (Panther users got less than 9 years…) Users of Mac OS X 10.2 are therefor on their own when they want to re-install Jaguar on a supported (by Mac OS X) yet by Apple discontinued (hence unsupported) PowerPC-based Mac.
According Apple the required updates will still be available for download on Apples Support site, but to find which updates are applicable is hard work.

For the very few who may want to re-install Mac OS X 10.2.8 Jaguar on a Power Mac (or inside PearPC, which was slow on PCs back in 2004) I wrote down the list of updates an original Mac OS X 10.2 release was receiving using Software Update back in 2011.

Mac OS X 10.2 updates

This list of updates is in the order it was presented in Software Update on a Power Mac G4 Quicksilver (original model, 2001). Apple’s software update chart doesn’t include all of them; other Mac models may include additional (model specific) updates:

  1. 10.2.8 Update Combo (2003-10-01)
  2. QuickTime 6.3 (2003-05-28)
  3. Safari 1.0 (2003-06-18)
  4. iCal 1.5.5 (2004-12-03)
  5. Bluetooth Software 1.3.3 (2003-11-10)
  6. Java Update 1.4.1 Update 1 (2003-11-14)
  7. QuickTime 6.5.3 (2005-10-11)
  8. Safari 1.0.3 Update (2004-08-02)
  9. Mac OS X 10.2.8 Security Update 2004-04-24 (2004-04-20)
  10. Mac OS X 10.2.8 Security Update 2004-06-07
  11. Mac OS X 10.2.8 Security Update 2004-09-16
  12. Mac OS X 10.2.8 Security Update 2004-09-30
  13. Mac OS X 10.2.8 Security Update 2005-001
  14. QuickTime 6.4 Update for Java 2.0
  15. Safari Security Update 2003-12-05
  16. iPod Driver (for iTunes) 3.1 (2005-01-06)
  17. iPod Updater 2006-01-10
  18. iPod Updater 2006-06-28
  19. iSync 1.5
  20. iSync Security Update 2005-004

Depending on the specific Mac model these updates may also be applicable:

  • 10.2.8 (G5) Update (2003-10-03)
  • NVidia FCode flasher 1.1 (2004-03-15)
  • Graphics Driver Update 1.0 (2004-02-09)

Additionally I found these updates, which were not included by Software Update:

  • Bluetooth Update 1.3.4 (2004-02-17)
  • Apple Remote Desktop (ARD) Client Update 1.2.4 (2003-12-16)
  • CHUD Tools 3.5.2 (2004-06-22)
  • iTunes 6.0.5 (2006-06-29)

Since this list is for a Power Mac G4 Quicksilver (which has an nVidia graphics card installed), ATI specific updates will be missing.

I did not link the specified updates to the respective download site, because Apple, as it has done in the past, changes link addresses from time to time and sadly Apple does not provide permalinks. Since now you have a list what to look for you should be able to find all of these updates at Apple Support by using the search function.

Mac OS X Server

Someone at Green Building Concepts made a similar list for Mac OS X 10.2 Server.

Continued use of Mac OS X 10.2.8 Jaguar

Well, to be honest, most PowerPC applications require Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. I highly recommend using Mac OS X 10.4.11 Tiger on every Power Macintosh that supports it. It may be possible to get Tiger installed on officially unsupported Macs using XPostFacto.

However, some useful applications do run on Mac OS X 10.2.8:

  • possibly bundled iLife
  • possibly bundled AppleWorks 6.2.9
  • Adobe Reader 7.1.4
  • BootCD 0.5.4
  • Carbon Copy Cloner 2.3 (2003-10-22)
  • Cinebench 8.1 (2003-02-27)
  • Disc Burner 1.15
  • Little Snitch 1.2.4 (2007-01-12) free license
  • Microsoft Office:mac 2004 11.6.6
  • Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Client 1.0.3 (2004-10-12)
  • Microsoft Virtual PC 7.0.3 (not on a G5)
  • OnyX 1.3.1 (2006-05-17)
  • Opera 8.54 (2007-03-29)
  • Opera 9.64 (2009-03-02) officially requires Mac OS X 10.3, but it also runs on Jaguar
  • StuffIt Expander 8.0.2
  • Video LAN Client (VLC) Media Player 0.8.4a (2005-12-12)
  • Xfolders 0.5.1 (2003-09-02)
  • Zippist 1.2 (2004-09-26)

Security warning! These applications contain unfixed security holes! Opening files of unknown origin (like off the internet) is dangerous and represents a security hazard!

A lot of good applications require at least Mac OS X 10.3.9 Panther, most updated versions require at least Mac OS X 10.4.11 Tiger, some even Mac OS X 10.5.8 Leopard. Still, Mac OS X 10.2.8 Jaguar is good enough for Microsoft Office:mac 2004, which is a very good office application, while at the same time it feels like a voyage through time. The usual PowerPC Mac applications are missing. Older versions of these applications are often either carbonized Mac OS 8/9 applications or they are outdated and contain severe security related bugs, like internet browsers such as Camino, PDF viewers/editors like Adobe Acrobat and even office suites like Microsoft Office (the last security fix for Office:mac 2004 is from December 2011).

Hardware compatibility

The latest Macs that officially run Jaguar (latest models require at least 10.2.7) are:

  • Power Mac G5: only original (2003) with special 10.2.7 installation media
  • Power Mac G4: all models including the Cube
  • iMac: up to 2003 model (without USB 2.0)
  • eMac: up to 2003 model (without USB 2.0)
  • PowerBook: up to 2003 model (PowerBook5,3 and PowerBook 6,2)
  • iBook G3: all models (but none of the iBook G4 models)
  • Power Mac G3: all models
  • Power Macintosh G3: all models

Unofficial support when restoring a backup of 10.2.8:

  • Mac mini G4: runs, but no video acceleration, no audio, no WiFi – lack of driver?
  • most likely all PowerBooks
  • possibly all iBook G4s, maybe with some functions not working (e.g. audio)



12 Gedanken zu „Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar update list

    1. luttztfz Autor

      Well, I did it. It does not install, but it boots when an already installed image of Jaguar is backed up on a Mac that official supports it and restored on the Mac mini G4 using Disk Utility or Carbon Copy Cloner. It can then be selected as the boot partition from System Preferences, Startup Disk in Panther, Tiger or Leopard. Doing this is vital as it will also set up all required bootloader copying and blessing of system files, otherwise it will not be available as boot partition, even when holding the Option key after the chime.

      I didn’t try the possibility to boot Jaguar from FireWire. When booting from the internal HDD you absolutely require another supported Mac OS X on the same disk in order to be able to set up and then boot Jaguar from the same HDD, i.e. Jaguar as the only OS will not work.

      I only tested a fully updated Jaguar 10.2.8 (which I performed on another supported Power Mac G4, before backing up the image). It runs, but the thermal control is not working, so fans roar at a high level. Also the video is not accellerated, but the mode that is set by Panther, Tiger or Leopard is maintained when booting into Jaguar. Also sound does not work, lack of driver I guess.

      In other words: Jaguar can be used and it runs stable, but it is not productive to use it since a lot of system features are not available in Jaguar: thermal control, audio, accellerated graphics.

  1. AB

    Wow, many thanks for your detailed response. I have a 1,25 GHz mini which originally shipped with 10.3.7 but I usually run 10.4.11 on it. Given that I also have it in order to play with older versions of Mac OS and have a soft spot for Jaguar given it was the first version of OS X I’ve ever used, I’ll give this a try at some point.

  2. AB

    Another question (or idea): The PPC Mini has a Radeon 9200 GPU and ATI provides drivers for their PCI/AGP Radeon 9200 Mac Edition which support 10.2.8. Do you think there’s a chance these drivers will (perhaps after being modified) work on 10.2.8 to enable graphics acceleration?

    By the way – I am German; could I contact you in German as well?

  3. luttztfz Autor

    Hello, AB!
    I too thought about playing with the ATI drivers, but as far as I could find out they are only for Radeon 9000, not 9200. The problem is that the 9000 is a totally different card than the 9200. But maybe I am wrong. Anyway, I did not have the time to play with Jaguar any further. I was surprised that it worked at all.

    Another possibility might be to try and get the 10.3 drivers on the 10.2.8 system. Maybe they work, maybe they won’t.
    For the Apple drivers it might be possible to compile those against 10.2 instead of 10.3. But it is also possible that too much was changed already so it won’t work without adjusting the code, which I can’t, because I am not a programmer. What I was able to do in the past was to compile a kext from the Apple sources and use this on the system it was made for. (The source code is freely available from Apple.)

    But this is all very much work.

    BTW; you /could/ contact me in german, but then the rest of the world would not be able to join in. Not that they would right now – I don’t see any other comments – but who knows…

  4. AB

    Just thought you might be interested to hear that I got 10.2.8 to boot on my 1.5 GHz 12″ PowerBook tonight (which shipped with 10.3.7). Sound, the trackpad and sleep don’t work but apart from that it seems to run fine, with graphics acceleration, bluetooth, WLAN, USB, ethernet, modem, FireWire etc.

    As far as I know the latest version of ATI Displays will work on a Mac mini as far as screen rotation is concerned, but of course that doesn’t really tell us whether there’s a working graphics driver for Jaguar. I’ll test this soon and can report my findings here if you like.

    You have a point with regards to the language, so let’s stick to English. 🙂

    1. luttztfz Autor

      Thanks for reporting your findings!
      BTW, if you are interested: it may also be possible to boot Mac OS 9 on your PowerBook! Check this out:
      Sadly, I didn’t get Mac OS 9 to boot on my Mac mini G4…
      Anyhow, please report your results whether the ATI Radeon driver works for Jaguar in the Mac mini or not. I’d be very interested!

  5. Eric Gordon

    Reading this and interested. I need 10.2.8 to install on my 1st gen G5 dual 2ghz
    I need this to run Heidelberg Tango drum scanner on Newcolor 2.5 software which apparently can only run on 10.2.8 Jaguar so very specific.
    Current problem is I can not get G5 to boot from 10.2.7 (G5) install disc. I believe I have the correct one but wouldn’t mind downloading a second disc image just to be sure.
    Thanks in advance for any help


    1. luttztfz Autor

      Interesting. G5s are a whole different story. The first Mac OS X to support the first generation is the special 10.2.7 G5 version (specific grey disc). If that does not boot, then you may not have the first generation Power Mac G5…
      With the installation CD inserted, you hold the C key pressed on boot, right? Did you try to hold the Alt (Option) key on boot-up (hold when you hear the chime, until you see a picture + mouse cursor)? The boot menu will show all bootable volumes. If the CD does not show up, then it is most likely corrupt. Especially if another boot/installation CD does work correctly, like, say, a Panther/Tiger/Leopard installation DVD or even Debian powerpc netinst.

  6. AB

    In case you remember me, I’ve got something great to report: Jaguar works great on an 800 MHz iBook G4 (the first generation which shipped with 10.3). As far as I can see, everything works – keyboard, trackpad, graphics, sound, AirPort, Ethernet, modem, FireWire, USB, even sleep and the function keys for adjusting display brightness and volume! The only things I have noticed so far are 1) the CPU always runs at full speed and 2) connecting a USB thumb drive freezes the system (my Mac mini also does this when running Jaguar).
    One thing that puzzles me is that the iBook has a Mobility Radeon 9200 and it’s fully functional even though no machine officially supported by Jaguar shipped with this GPU! Jaguar’s ATIRadeon8500.kext (v1.2.26) is loaded, I can switch colour depths and resolutions on the fly, Quartz Extreme works (when I tell the system to automatically change the wallpaper, it does so gracefully).
    On the contrary, I’ve been unable to make Jaguar play nice with the Mac mini’s desktop Radeon 9200. Modifying ATIRadeon8500.kext to include the GPU’s device ID makes it load the kext but nothing changes (no colour depth/resolution changes, no Quartz Extreme). I even tried using the newer kext that comes with the mid-2004 drivers for the Radeon 9200 Mac Edition, also adding the required device ID but to no avail.
    So, why does the iBook’s mobile 9200 work out of the box but the mini’s desktop 9200 doesn’t, even after some modifications? Both GPUs were never shipped with any Jaguar-compatible Mac.

    1. luttztfz Autor

      Sorry to hear that it doesn’t work with the Mac mini! AFAIK the original iBook G4 (PowerBook6,3), the 2004 iBook G4 (PowerBook6,5) and the Mac mini G4 (PowerMac10,1 and PowerMac10,2) have the exact same Radeon 9200 AGPx4 graphics card. The only difference I can see is that the laptop most presumably uses the LVDS output connection (for the internal display) while the Mac mini will most likely use the DVI output connection (for an external display) of the graphics card.
      See here:
      Even though this forum is for Mac OS 9, it poses some interesting insight for Mac OS X as well. The iBook uses the Open Firmware device nodes ATY,Via_A for the internal display and ATY,Via_B for the external connector. The Mac mini uses another name though. This may be the reason for the driver to work on the one but not on the other. Who knows for sure. If you are adventurous you could do some trial and error Open Firmware hacking though…
      Update: Oh, and the fans always running high is due to missing thermal controlling, since Mac OS X 10.2 doesn’t know about this specific model (it has no profile definitions) and thus cannot throttle the fans.


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