I can't install TenFourFox on my PowerBook G4.

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18 Jan, 2014 03:11 PM

I've recently received that Mac and reinstalled Mac OSX Tiger. Now I've tried multiple browser and none of them worked except Camino. I know that camino contains security flaws and thats why I'm here asking for help.

Problem : When I start the installation after extracting it, I get the error

You cannot use TenFourFox7450.app with this version of Mac OS X.

Then nothing happens.
I tried many browsers and many of their versions to have an enjoyable browser. I also tried many TenFourFox releases but nothing seems to work for my Mac.

My skill level in Macs is not high but I'm Professional with PC.
I'll send you additional info if needed.

  1. 1 Posted by Joel on 18 Jan, 2014 03:21 PM

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    Machine Name: PowerBook G4 12"
    Machine Model: PowerBook6,2
    CPU Type: PowerPC G4 (1.1)
    Number Of CPUs: 1
    CPU Speed: 1 GHz
    L2 Cache (per CPU): 512 KB
    Memory: 1.25 GB
    Bus Speed: 133 MHz
    Boot ROM Version: 4.7.2f2

  2. Support Staff 2 Posted by Chris (chtrusch... on 18 Jan, 2014 04:06 PM

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    Joel, are you sure you have 10.4 or higher installed? Are you sure it's updated to 10.4.11? You can see this in the Apple Menu->About This Mac.

    Also, make sure to unzip the download with the built-in OS X utility (right-click, Open With… BOMARchiveHelper (10.4) or Open With… Archive Utility (10.5)).

  3. 3 Posted by J Dufresne on 04 Feb, 2014 07:56 AM

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    I can't update the OS to 10.4.11 from 10.4 (8A428) maybe thats the cause. I
    am using BOMARchiveHelper.
    I'll search up some more about this error on the internet

  4. Support Staff 4 Posted by Chris (chtrusch... on 04 Feb, 2014 03:13 PM

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    Apple Menu -> Software Update… will update you to 10.4.11 (free). If you're using anything older than 10.4.9 you won't be able to run TenFourFox no matter what.

  5. 5 Posted by J Dufresne on 08 Feb, 2014 03:17 AM

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    I successfully installed Mac OS X 10.4.10 and TenFourFox now work!
    It helped when you reminded me that TenFourFox work on other versions than


  6. Support Staff 6 Posted by Chris (chtrusch... on 08 Feb, 2014 06:58 AM

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    Good to know it worked. May ask why you didn't update to 10.4.11? I'm asking for the reason that – while TFF will run on 10.4.10 – we don't support or test anything older than 10.4.11. If you're running into problems that only exist on 10.4.10 we can't fix them for you.

  7. 7 Posted by j.dufresne99 on 08 Feb, 2014 07:14 PM

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    I did not install OS X 10.4.11 because the update crash unexpectedly after downloading it via Software Update.

    I tried to know what's causing it but I can’t find it.

    Sent from Windows Mail

  8. Support Staff 8 Posted by Chris (chtrusch... on 13 Feb, 2014 06:22 AM

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    Okay, if 10.4.10 works for you, just leave it at that. If you re-install the system one day, try to update to 10.4.11 right away because you'll have a broader choice of software (10.4.11 being the minimum requirement for many applications). I'll close this ticket now, just re-open it if you have further questions regarding this topic.

  9. Chris (chtrusch) closed this discussion on 13 Feb, 2014 06:22 AM.

  10. j.dufresne99 re-opened this discussion on 14 Feb, 2014 04:16 PM

  11. 9 Posted by j.dufresne99 on 14 Feb, 2014 04:16 PM

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    I already did a clean Mac OS X install and couldn’t install the lastest update (10.4.11).

    So I just won’t ever install that one. Probably a hardware failure. It hard to tell when the error tells you nothing.

    Thanks again.

    Sent from Windows Mail

  12. Support Staff 10 Posted by Chris (chtrusch... on 15 Feb, 2014 07:41 AM

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    Misterious. Well, if you ever want to try again, use the combo update from the Apple website. You can download and install it without using Software Update.
    It will update you from your original 10.4.0 (or 10.4.2 or whatever you have) install disk or even your 10.4.10 installation to 10.4.11 in one go.

  13. 11 Posted by don bright on 20 Aug, 2016 01:19 AM

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    great tip, thanks. i bought a used Mac off Ebay and the seller did a clean 10.4 install before shipping. it is pretty cool Apple is still providing upates 11 years after this computer was released.

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