Currently Being ModeratedApr 20, 2012 10:29 AM (in response to alamb200)
Purchase it from a source such as eBay or Amazon on a retail DVD, insert it, double-click the installer, and follow the onscreen directions.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 21, 2012 1:14 PM (in response to Niel)
Does this version have a name I should look for? I get confused with the different versions such as Leopard, Tiger, Panther, Tabby, etc.
Just joking but I am serious about not knowing what name I should look for.
Any help please
Currently Being ModeratedApr 21, 2012 1:24 PM (in response to alamb200)
Does your iBook meet the specs for OS X 10.5 Leopard
- A Mac computer with an Intel, PowerPC G5, or Power PC G4 (867 MHz or faster) processor
- 512 MB memory or more
- A DVD drive for installation
- 9 GB of available disk space or more
Currently Being ModeratedApr 21, 2012 5:59 PM (in response to alamb200)
As Allan says, it's Leopard you're looking for.
Assuming your iBook meets the system requirements for Leopard, make sure you get the complete retail version of the Leopard operating system, not some gray system-specific disc or disc set, and not an upgrade disc (which requires you to have Mac OS X 10.4 — Tiger already installed).
Currently Being ModeratedApr 23, 2012 12:51 AM (in response to Ronda Wilson)
I have checked the spec of the iBook and it is okay for memory and processor.
How much would I expect to pay for the OS? I don't want to do something silly like go for the cheapest to find the disk is a cardboard cut out.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 24, 2012 6:06 AM (in response to alamb200)
Unless you find it on eBay, it's likely to cost you more than the iBook is worth.
Apple sold it for $129, and you could try giving them a call to see if they may still have it available via phone sales. You need the full retail version.
Don't buy any version that came with another Mac; it won't work, neither will an "upgrade" disc. (An upgrade disc requires that you already have Mac OS X 10.4 installed.)
(Unless you can find an exceptional deal on Leopard, the money would probably be better spent on upgrading to a MacBook with Leopard or Snow Leopard already on it.)
Currently Being ModeratedApr 24, 2012 6:54 AM (in response to Ronda Wilson)
Currently Being ModeratedApr 24, 2012 7:25 AM (in response to alamb200)
Ronda said the DVD purchased should not be "some gray system", and these on your eBay link are grey, meaning they were issued with a specific bought machine with which that alone they will work. You need to buy what's called the retail version, and these are black, and will work on any machine. Unfortunately for obvious reasons the black ones sell much dearer than grey ones: the grey ones you link to are standing at £13 in auction just now but they are a waste of money your buying them, you need a black one which you would expect to pay upwards of five to six times more as on the page here http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_nkw=leopard&_sacat=189&_dmpt=UK_Computing_Soft ware_Software_SR&_odkw=&_osacat=189&_trksid=p3286.c0.m270.l1313
The family five-licence ones are even dearer.
Sorry to butt in on your dialogue with Ronda but as you refer to a UK eBay page I assume you are dialoguing in time difference. This from UK.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 24, 2012 7:54 AM (in response to alamb200)
Those will be as good as cardboard cutouts.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 25, 2012 2:52 AM (in response to alamb200)
These should work:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Apple-Mac-OS-X-10-5-6-Leopard-full-retail-version-inst all-DVD-/200748113185?_trksid=p4340.m185&_trkparms=algo%3DDLSL%252BSIC.NPJS%26it s%3DI%26itu%3DUCI%252BUA%26otn%3D10%26pmod%3D130680986912%252B130680986912%26po% 3D%26ps%3D63%26clkid%3D7966474973731260586#ht_500wt_1150
Currently Being ModeratedApr 26, 2012 3:02 AM (in response to Ronda Wilson)
I don't think I can afford to go down this line yet so I will have to try and work with firefox unless you have any other ideas?
Currently Being ModeratedApr 26, 2012 4:11 PM (in response to alamb200)
As I said, when you can afford to do it, I would very strongly suggest to upgrade to a MacBook with a Core 2 Duo (not Core Duo) processor.
This will give you many more opportunities to upgrade as you need to do so.