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I bought an iMac on Ebay with no system software. It's an Intel Core Duo. I figured I could load the software that was bundled with my MacBook- wrong! Is there a way to do this, or do I have to purchase Tiger?

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I bought an iMac on Ebay with no system software. It's an Intel Core Duo. I figured I could load the software that was bundled with my MacBook- wrong! Is there a way to do this, or do I have to purchase Tiger?

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You need to purchase Mac OS software of some sort...could be Tiger, Leopard, or Snow Leopard (10.4, 10.5, 10.6).

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You need to purchase Mac OS software of some sort...could be Tiger, Leopard, or Snow Leopard (10.4, 10.5, 10.6).

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Thanks Nick, that's what I thought. I was just trying to save a couple of bucks.
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Anybody out there want to sell a 10.4.4 or later unbundled operating system software?

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Anybody out there want to sell a 10.4.4 or later unbundled operating system software?

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Good luck...they sell for around $100 on e-Bay.

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Good luck...they sell for around $100 on e-Bay.

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Now I know (the hard way) why I got the computer so cheap!
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Thanks Nick, that's what I thought. I was just trying to save a couple of bucks.
First rule of computing...there is NO SUCH THING as saving a couple of bucks! You do need to look for full retail install discs and Snow Leopard OS X.6 would be the best option. Also be aware if you decide to use Tiger, some versions were PPC only and cannot be installed on Intel machines.

Whatever you purchase, make sure it is a black coloured disc and not the silver grey system install discs sold under a dozen different names on auction sites. With your new machine Snow Leopard new from Apple would be the best option.
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Now I know (the hard way) why I got the computer so cheap!
Many many used Macintosh computers will come with some version of the Mac OS installed on them (some won't if the previous owner wiped the hard drive).

I just purchased (within the last 2 weeks) a couple OLDER Macintosh's for like $10 each. Both of them had an operating system on them. You just have to verify this before purchasing.

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First rule of computing...there is NO SUCH THING as saving a couple of bucks! You do need to look for full retail install discs and Snow Leopard OS X.6 would be the best option. Also be aware if you decide to use Tiger, some versions were PPC only and cannot be installed on Intel machines.

Whatever you purchase, make sure it is a black coloured disc and not the silver grey system install discs sold under a dozen different names on auction sites. With your new machine Snow Leopard new from Apple would be the best option.
The reason I want the older Tiger version of the software was so I could use my Creative Suite 3 software, unless it will run on Snow Leopard??
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First rule of computing...there is NO SUCH THING as saving a couple of bucks! You do need to look for full retail install discs and Snow Leopard OS X.6 would be the best option. Also be aware if you decide to use Tiger, some versions were PPC only and cannot be installed on Intel machines.

Whatever you purchase, make sure it is a black coloured disc and not the silver grey system install discs sold under a dozen different names on auction sites. With your new machine Snow Leopard new from Apple would be the best option.
I guess I should have started with this forum before the purchase. It's really a shame because the computer is in pristine condition. I mean no wear whatsoever.
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Okay, I get why Apple doesn't offer or sell the older operating systems but how about this scenario; your Mac bombs and you go to restore the system software with the disks that came with your computer and you discover your dog used them for Frisbee practice. Will Apple offer replacement disks or downloads of the older operating systems if you provide the machine serial number?
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Call Apple online, and see..... They may be able to provide you with machine specific replacement discs if you supply the serial number.
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Okay, I get why Apple doesn't offer or sell the older operating systems but how about this scenario; your Mac bombs and you go to restore the system software with the disks that came with your computer and you discover your dog used them for Frisbee practice. Will Apple offer replacement disks or downloads of the older operating systems if you provide the machine serial number?
Give Apple a call. Sometimes they will be able to send you replacement disks for a small $15-$20 dollar fee. But since OS 10.4 is getting a bit old...who knows.

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hehe ....gotta be quicker with that post tab Nick
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hehe ....gotta be quicker with that post tab Nick
Yeah I know...you got me on that one!

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