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    OS install questions...
    I have a buddy who just bought 40 or so macs for his business and they came with install discs etc (10.6 snow leopard I believe). My question is this: I have a white MacBook with 10.4.11 and wonder if the install discs he has will work on mine for the updated OS. His machines are all iMacs. I would imagine that doesn't matter but I could be wrong. Is there a limited number of installs per disc or anything like that? Are the discs specific (via serial numbers etc.) to the machine?

    What's involved in updating OS on a Mac? I have installed OS X before when my HD crashed. For an update do I need to wipe my HD?

    Thanks a lot!

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    No the install disks that come with apple computers are machine specific, so the disks from the iMacs would not work with your MacBook.
    Besides it would violate apples EULA, you can't use a disk for more than one computer legally.
    You need to buy yourself a disk from apple, $29 and you get a full update.
    Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard - Apple Store (U.S.)

    For updating the OS, you will not have to wipe the HD, you simply put the disk in and boot from it and follow the instructions. It takes about 30 mins for the install to complete.
    But backup your data first, just in case something goes wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by McYukon View Post
    You need to buy yourself a disk from apple, $29 and you get a full update.
    That would still violate the EULA, as the OP is using Tiger.

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    You are correct, toMACsh
    OP, You will need to get the mac box set, in order to upgrade from Tiger to Snow Leopard.
    Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard - Apple Store (U.S.)

    And here is a Macworld article the installation process. With Snow Leopard apple has simplified the process somewhat, making it very simple to install.
    Installing Snow Leopard: What you need to know | Mac OS X | Macworld
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    Quote Originally Posted by liberator32 View Post
    I have a buddy who just bought 40 or so macs for his business and they came with install discs etc (10.6 snow leopard I believe). My question is this: I have a white MacBook with 10.4.11 and wonder if the install discs he has will work on mine for the updated OS. His machines are all iMacs. I would imagine that doesn't matter but I could be wrong. Is there a limited number of installs per disc or anything like that? Are the discs specific (via serial numbers etc.) to the machine?

    What's involved in updating OS on a Mac? I have installed OS X before when my HD crashed. For an update do I need to wipe my HD?

    Thanks a lot!

    Brad
    Wow! You want to illegally update the OS on your laptop...and then it appears that you know absolutely nothing about doing an OS update.

    Next thing you're going to say is...you want to rob a bank...and then ask how to do it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    Wow! You want to illegally update the OS on your laptop...and then it appears that you know absolutely nothing about doing an OS update.

    Next thing you're going to say is...you want to rob a bank...and then ask how to do it!

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    After reading this post, I thought I'd check out what the OP's other posts were.
    To no surprise, a couple of questionable posts!
    http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/app...date-help.html and http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/app...tml#post737968
    When asked if he had the original install discs in either of the posts, there was no further correspondence.
    So, I guess there is no sense discussing morals here!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6string View Post
    After reading this post, I thought I'd check out what the OP's other posts were.
    To no surprise, a couple of questionable posts!
    http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/app...date-help.html and http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/app...tml#post737968
    When asked if he had the original install discs in either of the posts, there was no further correspondence.
    So, I guess there is no sense discussing morals here!
    Thanks for checking. I know that some of the questions the OP asked regarding updating the OS are legitimate...but when these legit questions are paired with the "activity" of trying to use the wrong disks...and asking about number of installs & serial numbers on install disks...things start to look a bit "fishy".

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    Sorry for asking a question to the ethic community of the world.

    I figured since my friend bought 30 macs last month and he has a STACK of discs sitting in his office I would use one. I have done a million installs and updates of Windows machines (not literally, sorry for stretching the truth--don't want to be condemned to **** for that too) and when my Mac crashed last fall I did a new install then with my original discs.

    To those of you who answered the question, I appreciate it. I am sorry I offended all of the others.

    I love Apple products and own quite a few but what I do not love is their absurd prices. I think by trying to use a different disc I am committing no more of a crime that they are with their prices on the front end.

    I know, I had a choice. I know, I can chose to not but their products, I know, you are going to flame away for those comments. Did you get what you wanted? Are you happy that you finally got to push back at all of those who bullied you in high school?!?!?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by liberator32 View Post
    Sorry for asking a question to the ethic community of the world.

    I figured since my friend bought 30 macs last month and he has a STACK of discs sitting in his office I would use one. I have done a million installs and updates of Windows machines (not literally, sorry for stretching the truth--don't want to be condemned to **** for that too) and when my Mac crashed last fall I did a new install then with my original discs.

    To those of you who answered the question, I appreciate it. I am sorry I offended all of the others.

    I love Apple products and own quite a few but what I do not love is their absurd prices. I think by trying to use a different disc I am committing no more of a crime that they are with their prices on the front end.

    I know, I had a choice. I know, I can chose to not but their products, I know, you are going to flame away for those comments. Did you get what you wanted? Are you happy that you finally got to push back at all of those who bullied you in high school?!?!?!

    Sorry for existing...
    How is 29 bucks absurd? Each of those disks belongs to the machine they came with thus they are licensed to those machines. Pirating software is not the way to go and only drives prices up for everyone else. Besides, 29 dollars is not that much to spend considering that MS wants 120 just for the home upgrade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaFlake View Post
    How is 29 bucks absurd? Each of those disks belongs to the machine they came with thus they are licensed to those machines. Pirating software is not the way to go and only drives prices up for everyone else. Besides, 29 dollars is not that much to spend considering that MS wants 120 just for the home upgrade.
    Actually, your are not supposed to use the 29$ disk if you still have tiger. That disk is for users who already payed for leopard. However, I think it's apple's own fault for having no restrictions on what OS snow leopard can upgrade from.

    That is why apple created the 'mac box set', in an attempt to keep things fair between leopard and tiger users upgrading to SL.

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    My point is that their prices are not absurd in that aspect. You can get the box set for $169, still a bargain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaFlake View Post
    My point is that their prices are not absurd in that aspect. You can get the box set for $169, still a bargain.
    Oh for sure, I understand apple's pricing. You're paying for high quality products, and the price's reflect that. Which is opposed to pretty much every other company, where the cheaper it is to make, the better

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    Quote Originally Posted by liberator32 View Post
    I love Apple products and own quite a few but what I do not love is their absurd prices. I think by trying to use a different disc I am committing no more of a crime that they are with their prices on the front end.
    So you acknowledge that your potential action would be a crime, just not a bigger crime than some other purported "crime" which is actually quite legal. I think we've got it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by liberator32 View Post
    Sorry for asking a question to the ethic community of the world.
    Yeah...it's a real shame that some folks have ethics & morals!

    I suppose you think that the world would be a better place if everyone was a criminal!

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