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    Which O/S can I install?
    Hello ALL!,

    I am new to the forums so if I neglect any rules, please let me know. I am repairing an iMac A1208 and I was trying to install OSX (Snow Leopard), and during installation it said that the Operating System could not be installed. I'm assuming because the machine is older.

    Anyway, I was wondering what the latest operating system that I could install as well as which you would recommend?? I understand that OS 9 was the original O/S that came with the machine.

    Please advise

    Thank you,

    Cobra

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    G'day and welcome to the forums.

    Model A1208 sure can handle Snow Leopard:-

    iMac "Core 2 Duo" 2.0 17-Inch Specs (Late 2006, MA590LL, iMac5,1, A1208, 2114) @ EveryMac.com

    If you are talking OS 9 it sure is not that model as the original G3's back in the lates nineties and 2000 used OS 9. Model numbers can be confusing, better if you can post the processor details.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    Okay, then I assume the reason is because I am using my own Snow Leopard disk from my macbook pro. So, you're sure Snow Leopard will work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cobra1337 View Post
    Okay, then I assume the reason is because I am using my own Snow Leopard disk from my macbook pro. So, you're sure Snow Leopard will work?
    Absolutely Snow Leopard will work. And yes you are correct...your MBP disks won't work. Head to the Apple Store for a $29 10.6 disc.

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    Okay, sounds good. Now, how can I get this disk out of this thing!?! I'm holding EJECT and it won't eject.

    I just installed a new hard drive on it so it keeps trying to install the O/S.

    EDIT: NEVERMIND! I got it! Thanks guys. You've been a great help.

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