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Rob Di Stasio Level 1 (75 points)

I have an early 2006 Intel Core Duo 17: 1.83GHx iMac. I need to do a clean install and no longer have the original discs. I have read that I will need 10.4.4 or higher.


The retail copies I am finding on eBay just state 10.4. How can I be sure to get the correct version for Intel based machines?






iMac, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,202 points)

    Hi Rob,


    I believe the Black Retail 10.4 Discs are PPC Mac only, except for one later 10.4 Server edition was "Universal".


    You can call Apple with your Serial# handy & see if they have Original replacement Discs, or ask for a Leopard 10.5 Retail Disc. Or SL10.6 Disc.


    X 10.4.4 (8G1165)X 10.6.8*

    Original Discs...


    iMac (Early 2006)

Model MA199xx/A iMac 17-inch 1.83GHz Intel Core Duo/512/160/SD/BT/AP

Model MA200xx/A iMac 20-inch 2GHz Intel Core Duo/512/250/SD/BT/AP

For Mac OS X 10.4.4, Build 8G1165


    Part number Description

2Z691-5606 SUB ASSY,DVD 1,INST(DL)

2Z691-5607 SUB ASSY,DVD 2,INST(DL)

  • Rob Di Stasio Level 1 (75 points)

    I called Apple support and they were very helpful, even though the machine is 8 years old. They charged me $17 and are sending me a discs for Tiger "International" Edition that will boot into an Intel Machine. Then I can download the 10.4 Combined Update to get to 10.4.11. Won't happen unitl I get the discs but I will report back.






  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,202 points)

    Great to hear, thanks... never heard of the International version!

  • Rob Di Stasio Level 1 (75 points)

    Neither had I, I called back to make sure it would boot an Intel nd they confirmed it.

  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,202 points)


  • rccharles Level 5 (7,574 points)

    They charged me $17 and are sending me a discs for Tiger "International" Edition that will boot into an Intel Machine.


    This is great to read. 


    What country are you in?


    What number did you call?


    Folks in these discussions are always looking Tiger.



  • Rob Di Stasio Level 1 (75 points)

    Well I regret to inform you that the DVD disc they sent must be for PPC iMacs and I cannot do an install from it.


    I get a message stating "this software cannot be installed on this computer".


    The disc says "Mac OS X Tiger, includes Xcode 2, Replacement DVD, Not for Resale, SRFSZ691-5811-A, 2005 Apple, Inc. All Rights Reserved".


    So it's a 2005 disc and the Intel Core Duo G-5's came out in 2006.


    I made another call to them and they said they have a 10.4.6 disc they will send me. The saga goes on.


    I am in NY and talking to Apple Support.

  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,202 points)


  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,202 points)



    2Z691-5811-A is the Install Disk for PPC Macs, G3, G4, and most G5s... 10.4.6

  • Rob Di Stasio Level 1 (75 points)

    So you're saying they sent me a 10.4.6 disc for PPC's? If so they will probably be sending the same thing again....they really haven't a clue what their own compnay was doing in 2006.

  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,202 points)

    Seems so.

  • Rob Di Stasio Level 1 (75 points)

    Thought some of you following this might find this of interest. I was never able to get Tiger to load no matter what I tried, Appple could not find the proper version so I was asked to take it into my nearest store where they worked some magic and loaded Snow Leopard on it for me. I'll have to forgoe Photoshop for now.


    While I was there they wanted to zap the PRAm but as it turns out these older iMacs came with a white plastic keyboard that apparently is different from the newer aluminum ones. We couldn't zap the PRAM with the newer keyboard (the original plastic one had coffee spilled on it years ago). Thet tech at the store said they used to keep an old one around but it had finally given up.


    So I took my machine home with 10.6.8 loaded on it with a clean install. Tonight I set up my new 2013 iMac as a Target and used Migration Assistant to load my stuff onto the older iMac.


    But when I went to try and log in I couldn't do it, it would not accept my password. I found that this is a common problem when the source is newer than the recipient iMac. The work around is to start up from an install disc and go toUtilities/Change Password.


    But this would not work no matter what I tried, option at start up, C key at startup, Command S (single user), nothing. I was on the phone with tech support and after about 30 minutes the guy says "lets try to zap the PRAM". I  told him "no go" the keyboard is too old.


    Then I remembered that when this happened a few weeks ago I wondered after I left the store if an even older keyboard than the one that shipped with the machine in 2006 would work.


    Tonight I got out an old Raspberry keyboard from a 1999 iMac and lo and behold, it zapped the PRAM. Even better, it allowed me to start up from the disc and change the password.


    The problems were all in the keyboard. Besides Apple no longer having the right startup discs.


    I have two of these old colored keyboards and will hoard a few more if I can find them.


    Just some good info.


    thanks to all,



  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,202 points)

    Great news, good work, thanks for the report!

  • rccharles Level 5 (7,574 points)

    All well that ends well.  Apple went the extra mile in my opinion.



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