HT3479: Mac OS X Server v10.5: Installing on a computer that won't start up from the installation discLearn about Mac OS X Server v10.5: Installing on a computer that won't start up from the installation disc
Currently Being ModeratedOct 7, 2013 11:39 AM (in response to ajjkthomas)
What you need is a retail copy of either OSX Tiger (10.4) or Leopard (10.5), depending on the type of processor/how much RAM your computer has. The discs you have likely came with a model slightly different from what you have, and will not work.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 7, 2013 11:51 AM (in response to ajjkthomas)
Brandon is likely correct. Install discs are programmed to check that the model of the computer matches the one that the install disc was shipped with. They are not universal.
I would need more info about your machine (processor speed and amount of RAM installed) to tell you which of OS you are capable of running but most likely Tiger (10.4) would work, possibly Leopard (10.5).
If you are close to an Apple Store you could take the computer there are have them install an OS on it for you. This is something they have done in the past for free. They might be able to install the bundled (iLife) package for your computer as well. Also, you can call support and have them ship you a set of discs for your computer. There would be a charge for the replacements tho.
I hope this helps.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 7, 2013 12:17 PM (in response to ajjkthomas)
thank you - the nearest Apple store is an hour away so I was trying to avoid that - I thought that the 10.4 was compatible . 1.2 GHZ Power PC 7447a G4, 256 Ram , 30 GB HDD .