Currently Being ModeratedJan 11, 2013 3:36 AM (in response to jmmathis)
Install disks that come with a Mac are machine specific and are licensed for single use only.
Start by checking if you can run Snow Leopard:
Requirements for OS X 10.6 'Snow Leopard'
OS 10.6 Snow Leopard is once again available for $19.99 from the Apple Store:
Currently Being ModeratedJan 12, 2013 12:47 AM (in response to Klaus1)
Thank you for the response. I had hoped machine specific meant something along the lines of an imac to an imac or macbook to a macbook... the single use only is certainly more definite as I found out.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 13, 2013 2:16 PM (in response to jmmathis)
Single use, doesn't mean you can't erase and install a newer operating system version and use it on another Mac of the same vintage. Basically you can only have one active copy, and its backup in the same house. A backup being a clone or Time Machine backup to an external hard disk. But you can't use system specific discs on anything other than same vintage, and model Mac. Anything different, and it won't work. 10.6.3 and 10.6.0 were the only "retail" releases of 10.6, allowing installation on any Mac with 10.6.2 or earlier (for 10.6.3, and 10.5.8 and earlier for 10.6.0) installed that has an Intel CPU and 1 GB of RAM. PowerPC G3, G4, and G5 Macs can't use 10.6.
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