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So I have an iMac powerpc g4 running mac os x 10.5.8 and I have a few questions about the os. I would like to completely re-install the entire os and start again from scratch but my computer didn't come with the disc so if I buy a new one, what should I get? I know that my computer won't support snow leopard but what will it support? Also, if I re-install the os, do I need a certain service tag code to register my copy of the OS like you have to on a PC? If so, where do I get this tag code? Thanks for the help fellow Mac lovers!~
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Leopard is as high as you can go with a PPC Mac. So, you've already gotten as "far" as you can go. As for a serial number, OS X does not use them.

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And if the machine is running slow consider download Onyx or a similar maintenance utility to give it a good clean. Here is the link:-

http://www.apple.com/downloads/macos...ties/onyx.html

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PS .. the eagle did not last long vansmith and you is dying your hair (and beard) again man!
Looks like a Younger & Friskier "Vansmith"!

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That's a 5 o'clock shadow, not dye!

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And if the machine is running slow consider download Onyx or a similar maintenance utility to give it a good clean. Here is the link:
Harry, that link is for the latest version, which requires Snow Leopard. The OP states OS as Leopard.

I tried about five sites the other day for Leopard compatible versions (3 of them, to be precise) and all the downloads timed out in about 10 seconds!
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Download Onyx from the actual developers site. And versions for every OS X are there.

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Reading over the post again, I wonder why it is that you want to "start over." Is there something wrong with your setup as-is? Re-installing the OS to solve a problem should be a last resort. I do think that you should have an install disc though so it might be wise to contact Apple and ask if you can get a restore disc shipped to you.

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PS .. the eagle did not last long vansmith and you is dying your hair (and beard) again man!
The eagle was part of a joke for a specific thread. Here's the thread. And yes, I have put up a more life like picture of yours truly. It is indeed a 5 o'clock shadow.

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Looks like a Younger & Friskier "Vansmith"!
I like that a more life like picture makes me look younger. I'm still trying to figure out how I look friskier though...

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The Onyx 2.1.3 link at Apple states it is for both PowerPC and Intel.
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