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My niece has my old laptop, an iMac running OS 10.4.11. she needs to upgrade to Leopard. The dvd/cd drive on this machine is broken and will not work, although she has the install dvd for Leopard and for Snow Leopard Is there anyplace OS 5 can be downloaded? Apple web site has only updates, requiring Leopard to be already be installed.

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I don't think so. That's why those discs are so expensive on eBay. If she has a laptop it can't be an iMac as those are desktop models. I say that to be picky about terminology but because in this case it matters.

If she has one of the Intel-baed iMacs then she can probably get an external DVD drive and use it to perform the install. Some but not all Power PC Macs could boot from USB drives.

BTW we also need to know which disc she has. If it is a gray Leopard disc it must be from the same type Mac as hers or it won't work. An iMac disc, for example, won't work on a MacBook. If it is a black disc she is probably Ok as far as type if disc goes.

For now let's pin down exact Specs..If the machine is operational boot the machine to the Finder and choose "About This Mac from the Apple menu. In the next window choose "more Information" and tell us the results.

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Sorry--this is my first posting, and I left out some things and had some mistakes.

It is an iBook, not an iMac, with a slot loading DVD drive. The discs she has are the retail Leopard version, not the gray ones.The problem is with the drive itself, not the disc. The drive will not accept a disc, any disc. It will only allow the disc to go about halfway in. She has had their tech person at work look at it and he says the drive is 'broken'. She bought an external dvd drive, but the iBook won't recognize it. I cannot find any Leopard versions on Apple's website, for sale or otherwise, other than free updates. I was told they do not sell old OS, but only offer free updates for existing Leopard versions. I thought some place might offer Leopard as a download, but all I can find for sale are the discs.

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No the problem is older PowerPC macs will not boot from an external optical drive alas. Leopard is not available as a download unless you pirate it and then strongly suggest never putting it on the computer. Good way to get malware and other nasty little grubs.

Not to be negative however it may well be time to look at updating the computer. Snow Leopard OS X.6 will only install on an Intel model Mac.

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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Thanks to those who replied to my question. The niece in question is only 9 yrs old at this time, and the computer was a hand-me-down from a relative. Her parents were hoping to wait a couple more years before investing in a newer computer. She can use this one for lots of things, but for some reason, for her school work she needs at least Leopard, they tell her. So she can use her mom's until time for a newer one of her own.

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, but for some reason, for her school work she needs at least Leopard, they tell her.
If you could find out why they are saying that, it might help. Perhaps they are incorrect, from a technical standpoint.
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