7 Replies Latest reply: Jan 11, 2013 6:03 PM by Mborgert
Mborgert Level 1 Level 1

I have recently received a 2003 iMac, PowerPC, 800MHz. The circular base with floating screen-type model.

 

There is not an OS installed, so I am attempting to install a fresh version of 10.4; however, everytime I run the installation I get the error: "There were errors install the software" and "Please try installing again".  I have not been able to pin point that it fails at the same point on every attempt.

 

I have tried every option of the installation process and have used Disc Utility and DiskWarrior to help diagnos/fix any HD errors.  Everything is fine there.

 

I have formatted the HD with zeros option several times.

 

What haven't I thought or tried yet?  Is there a reasons I have not considered for why installation would continually fail?

 

Thank you in advance for any help.  This is an amazing looking computer and would love to have it functional again.


iMac, Mac OS X (10.4)
Solved by Klaus1 on Jan 10, 2013 4:29 PM Solved

If the Tiger install disks you are using originally came with another Mac it won't work, as install disks are machine specific.

Reply by Mborgert on Jan 11, 2013 3:48 PM Helpful

Thanks for the post!

 

Well, I just got off the phone with Apple support, and unfortunately, the representative could not point me in any real direction on how I could get this iMac back working again.  Since it is out of support, Apple does not provide any restore/original install discs, even for a fee.

 

Anyone out there have any other ideas on how I could make this a functional iMac again???

Reply by MlchaelLAX on Jan 11, 2013 5:35 PM Helpful

Mborgert wrote:

 

Anyone out there have any other ideas on how I could make this a functional iMac again???

 

Since the solver of your problem considers this machine too old, I withdraw my offer to find my daughter's restore disks and send them to you!

 

Best of luck to you both!

 

snap43.jpg

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  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8

    If the Tiger install disks you are using originally came with another Mac it won't work, as install disks are machine specific.

  • MlchaelLAX Level 4 Level 4

    My daughter purchased the "Luxo" iMac many years ago, so called because Pixar's trademark is Luxo, Jr. from one of its earliest short films and this iMac looks like Luxo, Jr. upside down!

     

    I may still have her restore disks around here somewhere...

     

    Pixar_LUXO_JR__by_jevi_infinity.jpg

  • Mborgert Level 1 Level 1

    Thanks for the post!

     

    Well, I just got off the phone with Apple support, and unfortunately, the representative could not point me in any real direction on how I could get this iMac back working again.  Since it is out of support, Apple does not provide any restore/original install discs, even for a fee.

     

    Anyone out there have any other ideas on how I could make this a functional iMac again???

  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8

    You may have to buy a retail Tiger install disk from eBay.

     

    But that Mac is ten years old. Are you sure it is worth it?

  • MlchaelLAX Level 4 Level 4

    Mborgert wrote:

     

    Anyone out there have any other ideas on how I could make this a functional iMac again???

     

    Since the solver of your problem considers this machine too old, I withdraw my offer to find my daughter's restore disks and send them to you!

     

    Best of luck to you both!

     

    snap43.jpg

  • Mborgert Level 1 Level 1

    This picture is exactly why I would like to get this computer working again.  Just look at how unique and interesting this computer is.

  • Mborgert Level 1 Level 1

    I certainly think so. More of a hobby project to keep me busy and try new things.