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    Mac Mini system install issue
    Hi

    I'm after for some advice. I was trying to sell my old mac mini (Jan 2005 version) and wanted to reset it back to factory settings. I inserted my version of Mac OS X Tiger and restarted the mac using the C key. I then opened disk utilities and erased the hard drive - Big Error! When i went to install the OS Tiger the system kept saying I needed OS X 10.3 to install which I don't now have. Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can get out of this predicament?

    Thanks

    Andy

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    When i went to install the OS Tiger the system kept saying I needed OS X 10.3 to install which I don't now have. Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can get out of this predicament?
    Yes, you need to buy a copy of Panther. Check on eBay for a copy but make sure it's the retail version not a machine specific version. You should be able to find a copy that's not expensive. You can always include that along with the Tiger disk when you sell the machine.

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    Thanks - Have I wiped all applications off though now or will they still be on the machine?

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    Quote Originally Posted by andyhaze View Post
    Hi

    I'm after for some advice. I was trying to sell my old mac mini (Jan 2005 version) and wanted to reset it back to factory settings. I inserted my version of Mac OS X Tiger and restarted the mac using the C key. I then opened disk utilities and erased the hard drive - Big Error! When i went to install the OS Tiger the system kept saying I needed OS X 10.3 to install which I don't now have. Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can get out of this predicament?
    It sounds like the Tiger (OS 10.4) disk you have is an "update" or "drop-in" disk...which requires a previous version of the OS to be installed first. There really is no solution...other than to purchase a "full retail" OS install disk.

    - OS 10.4 install disks are relatively hard to find...and are expensive (e-Bay, maybe $80 bucks).
    - Another solution is to find a set of OS 10.3 install disks. And...if you get a OS 10.3 install disk...it needs to be OS 10.3.7 or later. Of course if you find/purchase some OS 10.3 install disks...then you can use your OS 10.4 disk to update.
    - You could install OS 10.5 "Leopard"...but again these disks are pricey (e-Bay $80-$100).

    Lastly...whatever you do...DON'T buy any "gray-colored" disks. These are model specific...and basically won't work. You need full install retail disks such as these in the link:

    http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/os-...ml#post1353815

    OS 10.3 and 10.4 are black.

    HTH,

    - Nick
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    Everything's gone since you erased the hard drive. However, if you install Panther and afterward Tiger, all the apps that normally are included will be installed again.

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    Thanks for the replies guys.

    So i buy a copy similar to the one in the link below:-

    mac os x panther v10.3.5. NEW. 2-box | eBay

    Then once i have installed that load in the drop in disk and the Mac should be back to it's original condition?

    Andy

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    Quote Originally Posted by andyhaze View Post
    So i buy a copy similar to the one in the link below:-

    mac os x panther v10.3.5. NEW. 2-box | eBay

    Then once i have installed that load in the drop in disk and the Mac should be back to it's original condition?
    Details, details, details. As I mentioned above...I think that the "oldest" version of 10.3 you can install on the Mac-Mini you have is 10.3.7. Therefore...10.3.5 would be slightly too old.

    Please tell us what the exact model Mac-mini you have. This will help when it comes to confirming these details. I'm guessing you have either a Mac-mini G4 1.25ghz or 1.42ghz.

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    Your Mini came with OS X.3.7. Still got those original install discs? If so install Panther and then use the Tiger upgrade 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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