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    Leopard 10.5 OS Disk
    Hi,
    I really hope I'm posting this in the right area and I apologize if I'm not, for I am a new Mac user converting from PC and I'm trying to learn everything by trial and error....again I apologize if wrong area.

    I recently purchased the iMac g4 (I know its older) for my 12 year old daughter and it came installed with Leopard 10.5.8

    My question is....if I have a 10.5 installation disk can I upgrade to 10.5.8 and if so how lol

    I'd like to whipe the system clean and start anew

    Thank you and as you can tell from my username....I'm really confused

    Thanks again....Chris

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    10.5 is the base. You can update to 10.5.8 once you get it installed, the update is downloadable here
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    Thank you so much sir

    One last question and I hope its not offensive, but does it cost?

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    Nope, minor updates are free.


    To explain....

    10.5 <--- major version
    10.5.x <---- minor version


    Sort of like service packs in windows.
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    Quote Originally Posted by confused_chris View Post
    My question is....if I have a 10.5 installation disk can I upgrade to 10.5.8 and if so how lol
    Make sure this OS 10.5 disk is the:

    - black full install/retail disk
    - or it's the ORIGINAL gray disk that came with the computer

    If it's a gray OS 10.5 install disk...and you don't know where it came from...10.5 won't install. The gray disks are model specific...and only work with the model Mac it shipped with.

    Of course if you have the black OS 10.5 install disk with a big "X" on it...you're fine.

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    Oh Wow, I didnt know this. How do I know or find out what model it is? When you say model do you mean....iMac g4? And if not where can I find either disk you're refering to...particullary the black disk?

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    Quote Originally Posted by confused_chris View Post
    Oh Wow, I didnt know this. How do I know or find out what model it is? When you say model do you mean....iMac g4? And if not where can I find either disk you're refering to...particullary the black disk?
    The bottom line(s) is/are:

    - Is the 10.5 disk you have gray or black (you didn't confirm this in your last post)?
    - If gray...where did you get it?
    - If it's not the original gray disk that came with the computer...forget about it.
    - If this computer already has 10.5.8 on it...and you don't have a black OS 10.5 install disk...DON'T wipe the hard drive.

    And FYI...there really should't be a need to wipe the hard drive & reinstall the OS...but I do understand the desire to want to do it.

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    I don't have either disk as of yet and the reason I'm looking to do this is that the system I have has an 80GB hard drive but 12G's are already used up by things the previous ower put on it. I don't know which applications/files are safe to remove without removing any of the system required components (I sure hope I worded that right...lol) It looks as if I can pic up the full install disk off of ebay for roughly $100.00 and I really don't want to do this if I don't have to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by confused_chris View Post
    I don't have either disk as of yet and the reason I'm looking to do this is that the system I have has an 80GB hard drive but 12G's are already used up by things the previous ower put on it. I don't know which applications/files are safe to remove without removing any of the system required components (I sure hope I worded that right...lol) It looks as if I can pic up the full install disk off of ebay for roughly $100.00 and I really don't want to do this if I don't have to.
    Just to confirm what we're working with...what model iMac G4 do you have (primarily need the processor speed)?

    As far as the install disk...to get a "black" full retail install disk...yes...it's going to cost you about $100 on e-Bay...maybe less on Craig's List...but they don't show up on CL very often.

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    It is

    Mac OS X
    Version 10.5.8
    Processor 1 GHz PowerPC G4
    Memory 1.25 GB DDR SDRAM

    I was told by another gentleman that if I were to create another user account with administrative rights that I could go in and delete the previous owner's account and this would give me back the memory he used by adding stuff to the system. Is this correct and if so I don't know how to delete his user account.

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    Quote Originally Posted by confused_chris View Post
    It is

    Mac OS X
    Version 10.5.8
    Processor 1 GHz PowerPC G4
    Memory 1.25 GB DDR SDRAM

    I was told by another gentleman that if I were to create another user account with administrative rights that I could go in and delete the previous owner's account and this would give me back the memory he used by adding stuff to the system. Is this correct and if so I don't know how to delete his user account.
    Thanks for the info. Just wanted to check to see if your iMac G4 meet the min. system requirements for OS 10.5. It does.

    As far as the hard drive space. "Memory" is not hard drive space..."memory" is ram (incorrect terminology). Yes...if you delete the previous users programs/files...you will recover hard drive storage space.

    Also be aware that the install of OS 10.5 takes up a good amount of hard drive space. You mentioned that 12gig of 80 gig is currently used on your iMac G4's HD. The install of OS 10.5 can take at least 9 gig (and can take up a lot more depending on the install options):

    Requirements for Mac OS X v10.5

    ...so at least 9 gig (maybe more) of the 12 gig on your iMac G4's HD is just OS 10.5.8.

    HTH,

    - Nick
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    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    ok so knowing i can regain some storage space by deleting the prevoius owners user account, can you tell me please how to delete it? I've already created my user account with administrative rights.

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    just delete the account from the system preferences > accounts
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    I've tried doing this and i don't see the option to do so

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