Installing FCP 3.0 upgrade from FCP 1.0 on a new G4 PowerBook

By Greg Pak
I recently discovered that I couldn’t install Final Cut Pro 1.0 on my brand new 12 inch G4 PowerBook — the machine won’t start up in OS 9, which apparently makes it impossible to install and use FCP 1.0. The problem is that unless I’d installed and registered FCP 1.0, I would be unable to install and register my FCP 3.0 upgrade. So what to do?
I called Apple and learned that I could use the FCP 1.0 on my old computer to authorize the FCP 3.0 upgrade on my new computer. The process should work as long as your old computer has a built-in FireWire port and is capable of FireWire Target Disk Mode. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Shut down the old computer.
  2. Connect the old computer to the new computer via FireWire.
  3. Start up the old computer while holding down the “t” key. A yellow FireWire symbol on a blue background will blink on the old computer’s screen. And the harddrives of the old computer will appear as FireWire drive icons on the new computer’s screen. This is what’s referred to as FireWire target disk mode, whereby you can access the hard drives of one FireWire computer on the desktop of another.
  4. Go to the Apple icon on the upper left hand of the screen and open “System Preferences on the new computer. At the bottom of the screen, under “System,” open “Classic.” You’ll be given the option to select a system folder for Classic. Select the hard drive of the old computer onto which you installed FCP 1.0.
  5. Restart Classic using the button on the bottom of the screen.
  6. Insert your FCP 3.0 upgrade CD and upgrade away.
  7. Drag the icons for the old computer’s drive into the trash to eject them. Shut down your old computer by pressing the power key. Disconnect the FireWire cable.
  8. Go back to your System Preferences and change your Classic folder back to its previous designation.
  9. Revel in the ability to use FCP 3.0 on your new computer.

2 thoughts on “Installing FCP 3.0 upgrade from FCP 1.0 on a new G4 PowerBook”

  1. Thanks so much for this tip!
    I was pretty much ready to lose it after screwing around with my system for a day.

  2. What a relief! I invested a lot of time trying to figure this one out. It worked just as you outlined here. Thank you SO much.

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