Trying to set up Cubase LE4 on an old G5 MAC

Hi everyone,

Hope I have posted this in the right section.
I have had to rebuild my G5 from scratch due to a couple of issues. I have reloaded OS X 10.4. The MAC was running 10.4.11 (as far as it could be updated) I then reloaded LE4. I get the message of you have 30 days etc to register. The software has previously been registered when I bought it bundled with an ESU1808 audio interface back in 2012.
I actually have 2 activation codes written on the CD sleeve, but when I tried both of them in the reactivation screen, I get an error message telling me to check the code.
Since the rebuild, I am unable to connect the G5 to the internet now so I can’t go through the reactivation procedure etc. on the G5.
I have a feeling the 10.4 only supports a WEP password where as my router wants a WPA2 password.

So to cut a long story short, is there anyway that reactivating/re-registering can be done on another machine or does it have to be on the machine that the LE4 software resides on?
I am going to try and download the update package on my laptop to update the G5 from 10.4 to 10.4.11 and maybe that will assist?

And before anyone asks, no, I am not in a position at current to be stumping up for another computer etc.

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.


The only one way is to buy USB-eLicneser. Reactivate your Cubase LE to any other computer (where you can do it) and move the license from the Soft-eLicenser to the USB-eLicenser at that computer. Then plug the USB-eLinceser with the license to your G5 and start Cubase.

So the Soft-eLicenser that is on the CD with LE4 won’t work anymore?
Have I understood that correctly?

PS. I should have added this reply to


There is no Soft-eLicenser on the CD. There is an Activation Code or a Serial Number, which comes with the CD. The Soft-eLicenser is a specific file on your hard drive.

As far as I understood you have already activated this Cubase LE4 at some machine. Then you reinstall the system or you want to activate it to different computer/system. In this case you have to go thru the Reactivation process to get the license to a new system. Reactivation process needs an internet connection to the system. If you don’t have an internet connection, the workaround is to transfer the license to the USB-eLicenser as I described.

You can get more information here.

Thanks Martin.

I am probably using names incorrectly. I am trying to reinstall LE4 on the same machine as before. I somehow missed saving off another file that was created in the Applications folder after registering years ago. It had a name similar to Soft-eLicenser or something like that.
When I install LE4, it also adds another file that, I think, you utilise to register again.
I have a file now to upgrade 10.4 to 10.4.11 so that may assist with me being able to connect to the internet again.
Interestingly, the Steinberg My Products page shows my previous registration, but asks for a new Soft-eLicenser number when I click Software reactivation.
If I can’t get it to work, I will go down the route you have suggested.

Thanks again.


Open eLCC application and your MySteinberg account. Check the Soft-eLicenser Number in the eLCC application and the one in the MySteinberg account. Are these numbers the same? If yes, you don’t have to reactivate and your license should be present in the Soft-eLicenser (you can also click to Maintenance). If the mungers are different, click to Reactivate and enter the new Soft-eLicenser number, you can see in the eLCC application, once you will be asked.

I had to use my laptop as well initially, but after I had upgraded the G5 to 10.4.11 it connected to the internet and I got it all done.
Thanks for your input Martin.