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    Where to buy OSX 10.5 with license (UK)
    I'm still running 10.2.8 on my 2003 Powerbook. I just replaced the hard drive myself Easy, but finding a copy of 10.5 Leopard seems to be harder. Where do I get a licensed copy for the right price? Apple don't sell it I want to run flash etc.. HELP ME PLEASE.............∫…^∆∫√~∂^ίζ∫ƒί…

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveLites View Post
    I'm still running 10.2.8 on my 2003 Powerbook. I just replaced the hard drive myself Easy, but finding a copy of 10.5 Leopard seems to be harder. Where do I get a licensed copy for the right price?
    With a 2003 Powerbook you should be ok...but just in case...double check that it has at least an 867mhz cpu (the minimum official cpu speed for OS 10.5).

    Like "louishen" mentioned...keep your eyes on e-Bay. Here in the US OS 10.5 sells for around $100 on e-Bay...not 100% sure on UK prices for OS 10.5. Also...Apple here in the US does still sell OS 10.5 (only via their "800" number)...for $129.

    Good luck,

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    Thanks Stewie
    I bought one on ebay but it refused to load.
    It must have been used on another machine????
    I'm now looking at new un-opened boxes with license.
    I'm shocked that Apple don't do the last OSX that works on my powerbook.
    I paid them £2600 towards their future....

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    You have to get the full retail install version of Leopard if, as Nick stated, your processor is faster than 867MHz. The silver/grey discs are extremely model specific. And the money you spent on Apple's future has no doubt passed. PowerPC machines have had their day alas and we have all been in that situation of upgrading to Intel.
    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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    Noooooooo. My powerbook G4 is very happy and as long as 10.5 can keep Flash and Mozzilla working for another 10 years. I'll be very happy... Thanks Harry I'm getting new and sealed retail discs from ebay with a license!!!!!!!!

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    Well Steve make sure they are retail as eBay sellers do some remarkable feats of marketing. And ten years? My goodness nooooooooo as all Leopard and PPC ceases with the launch of Lion.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveLites View Post
    I bought one on ebay but it refused to load.
    It must have been used on another machine????
    Not quite right. It's not like Windows where you need a serial number to "unlock" the disc. Instead, Apple made different discs for different models. If you go buy two Macs that are exactly the same, the OS discs will be interchangeable. But, one very slight difference in the machines, and that's no longer the case. Put another way, if you had a room full of identical Macs, you'd only need one gray disc to install the OS on every one of them. That would not be ethical, but it is technically possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveLites View Post
    Noooooooo. My powerbook G4 is very happy and as long as 10.5 can keep Flash and Mozzilla working for another 10 years. I'll be very happy...
    Good luck with that...another 10 years!

    Quote Originally Posted by SteveLites View Post
    ...I'm getting new and sealed retail discs from ebay with a license!!!!!!!!
    There is no license to be had. You just need a full retail install disk.

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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
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveLites View Post
    I paid them £2600 towards their future....
    I'm not really sure what you mean by this?? Unless you're referring to the price you paid (£2600) for this Powerbook back in 2003.

    In case you didn't know...it's 8 years old now...and worth about $100-$125 US. That's about what you're going to pay for an OS 10.5 install disk.

    Just thought you should know that...when throwing around big numbers (£2600)...and talking about an 8 year-old computer.

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - 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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    I know, Technology is rapaciously destroying Gaia. When will they make machines where the parts can be inter-changed like Panzer tanks. Parts are smaller now, So why can't I get an Intel mother board for this perfectly good chassis and screen???? I thought Apple were a bunch of hippies

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveLites View Post
    I know, Technology is rapaciously destroying Gaia. When will they make machines where the parts can be inter-changed like Panzer tanks.
    Actually...the parts for Panzer Tanks weren't that interchangeable. Parts from the very complex & over-engineeered Tiger Tanks of WW2 didn't fit previous models. But I understand the "gist" of what you're saying.

    This is really nothing new. With Mac computers...it's really impossible to expect parts from 2011 models to fit into an 8 year-old computer housing/chassis. Especially when you're talking a laptop!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by SteveLites View Post
    Parts are smaller now, So why can't I get an Intel mother board for this perfectly good chassis and screen????
    I hope that you're kidding! It's not a size or volume issue (smaller parts fitting into a larger space)...it's WAYYY more complex than that.

    I think that it's time for a computer upgrade!

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - 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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