Hmmm some more odd issues surfacing with Tiger.
a) If you are looking at continuing to use Panther on one of the "now shipping" model G5 Towers the standard Panther installers don't appear to boot or install properly.
Only the Tiger installers. ...
Now this sucks as in some cases apps are not ready to work with Tiger and Panther is the preferred OS.
We did not run into this until just recently as we still had stock of the PCiX boxes.
They are dwindling rapidly and we brought in a couple of the current models.
We knew there was a problem with the iMac G5s in this regard but did not think it applied to the towers.
........we'll keep you posted on THIS aspect as we explore further.
BTW the new packaging the current model G5 towers is vertical and WAAAAAY easier on the back
Now for the RAID
The RAID setup is different from Panther to Tiger but we did not know quite how different.
This is the second part of this caution.
IF you configure your RAID in Tiger then try to go back to Panther the RAID is not seen by a Panther installer or hard drive.
This makes consulting a tad tricky and one certainly has to think carefully about which OS.
Now the RAID situation applies to ALL G5 towers - go to a Tiger based RAID and it's invisible in Panther.
A RAID set up IN Panther is seen by Tiger and Panther and can boot Tiger or Panther.
A RAID set up in Tiger is NOT seen by Panther and can ONLY boot and be seen with Tiger.
We're still trying to ascertain what this means regarding Firewire drives - if they are formatted in Tiger they may not come up in Panther but it may be restricted to the RAID.
All accurate reports on this aspect are welcome as it could cause quite a bit of grief especially is the Firewire drive aspect occurs where systems running Panther maybe cannot see drives formatted in Tiger.
I'll try and do some more testing tonight with various combinations.
This was completely unexpected.