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    upgrading macmini from tiger to leopard

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    upgrading macmini from tiger to leopard
    so, I bought a used mini (1.83 core duo) running with 2GB of Ram and a newly installed 500~GB hard drive.... and tiger installation disks.
    My imac leopard installation disks don't work... either directly or restored onto an external drive.
    so - without going onto the black market, can I buy some kind of upgrade from Apple or do I have to buy a set of disks at full retail - and how much would they be?

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    upgrading macmini from tiger to leopard
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    Since you have a"core duo" Mac-Mini...why not just upgrade to OS 10.6 Snow Leopard.

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    upgrading macmini from tiger to leopard

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    because I don't have the disks - except for those which work with my imac.. but won't work with the mini

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    upgrading macmini from tiger to leopard
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    Quote Originally Posted by mufngruf View Post
    because I don't have the disks - except for those which work with my imac.. but won't work with the mini
    You don't seem to have a working 10.5 Leopard install disc either!

    So if choosing which install discs to buy (10.5 "Leopard" or 10.6 "Snow Leopard")...why not go for the latest version (10.6)...10.6 is less expensive as well.

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    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    upgrading macmini from tiger to leopard
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    The 10.5 DVD's that came with your iMac will not work on your Mini. They only will install with an iMac of the same basic specs as yours. You will have to purchase 10.5 or 10.6, so like Nick said, why not go with 10.6? I have a Mini like yours with 10.6 and it flies. Works great and much quicker boot and shutdown than with 10.5.

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    upgrading macmini from tiger to leopard

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    Thanks for the help folks but, the question was,
    "can I buy some kind of upgrade from Apple or do I have to buy a set of disks at full retail - and how much would they be? "

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    Snow Leopard costs $30. Just get Snow Leopard.

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    upgrading macmini from tiger to leopard

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    well thanks for that - but now I have a much different problem. I have managed to upgrade to Snow leopard via a oartition/external combo - but now I have no audio... not even the option of audio.
    Apparently this is a problem with upgrading these mini thingies to Snow... anyone have an opinion on this?

    PS where do I get Snow for $30 - or the UK equivalent?

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    upgrading macmini from tiger to leopard
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    I have that same Mini and the audio works fine in Snow Leopard. Not sure in the UK.

    What Snow Leopard did you install? If it was from a DVD for another Mac that is why you have no audio. You said you installed from a partition/external combo. Where did that install come from?


    I have personally upgraded 3 1.66 Mini's with the $29 Snow Leopard DVD and all worked perfectly. Audio, Video, everything.

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    upgrading macmini from tiger to leopard

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    apparently it's a hardware issue - I went back and wiped the drive and reinstalled the tiger disks that came with the mini and still no audio. I suspect that the goon that did the drive upgrade hasn't reseated the cable properly (or worse, cracked the soundcard).. sheesh...

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    upgrading macmini from tiger to leopard
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    Let me check my manual. By sound are you talking the internal speaker or the jacks in back are dead also? I have the service manual. There is one small plug that has to be plugged back in.

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