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OSX 10.4 install timestamp issue

OSX 10.4 install timestamp issue

OSX 10.4 install timestamp issue

G4 DP 1.25ghz

So I check info the HDD, created date says Thurday, April 1, 1976.  Happens to be AppleCo's birthday.

I changed the cmos battery before the install.  Can I change the Volume created date somehow?  Im trying to sell this machine and dont want someone thinging there is a problem with it.

RE: OSX 10.4 install timestamp issue

I wouldn't worry about it.  Anybody with half a brain knows that your machine and OSX is not that old.

Using OSX 10.3.9 & 10.4.11 on a G4, G5 & Intel Macbook

RE: OSX 10.4 install timestamp issue

So your saying you would buy a computer with 1976 timestamp dates on systems files and volumes?

RE: OSX 10.4 install timestamp issue

Did you reset the PRAM after changing the battery?

Not just change the battery, but holding cmd-opt-P-R and waiting until you have heard the chime 3 times.


Although since the files have already been created, it would probably take a re-install after PRAM zapping to get 'new' correct dates on the volume & files.

RE: OSX 10.4 install timestamp issue

I would not worry about it either, but if you really want to change the the resident date, you will have to erase and reformat the drive or partitions for the date to be changed.

When the computer starts from scratch, that is the default date for the system clock. To avoid that from happening, set the date and time before you format the drive or install any system software. Although, if you had the right disk utility that operates at the low levels of the disk you may be able to change those dates, but that is a lot of work!


RE: OSX 10.4 install timestamp issue

Would the Unix "touch" command work? I think it will, but you'll have to go the mount directory and change the filestamp.

Iolair MacWalter
Network Engineer

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