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    boot from disc problems
    I have a mac mini running panther 10.4. It wont boot from the "install disc". I get to the white screen with apple symbol. then the symbol turns into a circle with a line through it and freezes up. Boots fine from the hard disc. Any ideas? really want to format the drive and start clean

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    G'day and welcome to the forums.

    Did this install disc come with the computer when new, or are you referring to an after market disc? Panther is O X.3 and Tiger is OS X.4. If the disc is silver grey then it will NEVER install as it is a model specific disc.
    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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    As far as I know the discs came with the mini when purchased. I purchased it used from a 3rd party. Discs are a 3 disc set. Blak face with a grey X says panther 10.3. But the Mac says 10.4 panther

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    OS X 10.4 is not Panther, it's Tiger. If your disks are indeed 10.3 Panther, that's why they won't work to boot the Mini if the Mini originally came with Tiger installed.

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    So I need to find a copy of tiger to try? Next question is can I purchase lion and install it directly from tiger? Or is there a specific way I would have to upgrade? Sorry I'm new to Mac. Always has a windows computer and tryin to figure this out as I go. Somewhere told me I had to go from current, to leopard to lion. Which is honestly more than im willing to do lol

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