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    Did I make a huge mistake?
    Here is the story...

    My friend who works at the apple store but does not have a mac gave me his free copy of Leopard. So I put the disc in and installed it like you would any other piece of software. So after everything installs on my iMac the software wizard notifies me that I have to restart the computer. I restart the computer and then it gets stuck at the blue screen with the beach ball and just sits there doing nothing. I have tried turning the computer off and turning it back on and the same thing keeps happening.

    After I mention this to my friend he tells me how he forgot to tell me there is a certain way that I was supposed to install leopard which I didnt do. He also mentioned that I will most likely lose ALL of my data.


    Can anyone help me or offer any insight on my situation. I did a search and didn't turn up much. I truly am desperate.


    I should mention my system specs: iMac G5 1.8Ghz w/ 1GB of RAM.


    Thanks in advance
    john

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    I had the same thing happen to me, had to do a total install and it worked loke a charm.

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    I had the same exact thing happen to me on my MBP. I originally did an Upgrade, and was left with the Mac version of the Blue Screen of Death. I then did an Archive Install and it works fine. I didn't lose any of my data.
    Mac users swear by their computers. PC users swear at their computers.

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    same thing happened on a G5 my mistake I did not check the memory I thought it was 512 Opps its wasnt and happed the blue screen lock up I jacked up the ram and installed Panther (original OS) and did not lose and thing then reinstalled leopard and so far I have not heard any complaints form my mother (G5 was here machine) I also did a Archive Install and saddly It installed fast then on my two macbooks so Archive Install is the way to go.

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    Does anyone know how I can fix my problem? I dont know how to get the computer on in order to correct the problem. I just get stuck at blue screen with a spinning beach ball.

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    Quote Originally Posted by digital john View Post
    Does anyone know how I can fix my problem? I dont know how to get the computer on in order to correct the problem. I just get stuck at blue screen with a spinning beach ball.
    Is this a Legal copy of Leopard? Just making sure do to forum rules.

    If so put in the Leopard DVD and boot holding down the C key. When you get to the install and to the screen just before the one where you choose your drive to install to, open options (or Advanced) and change it to Archive and Install. Then proceed to the drive selection and let it install. That should fix it. Has worked for many.

    I have a feeling you had Application Enhancer installed which causes your issue.

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    Yes it is a legal copy. It was given directly to an apple employee who was entitled to a free copy who then past it on to me because he did not have a mac.

    If I go along with the advice you gave by holding down the C key will I lose any info? I had already installed the program but I ran into my problem after the computer prompted me to restart to complete the installation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by digital john View Post
    Yes it is a legal copy. It was given directly to an apple employee who was entitled to a free copy who then past it on to me because he did not have a mac.

    If I go along with the advice you gave by holding down the C key will I lose any info? I had already installed the program but I ran into my problem after the computer prompted me to restart to complete the installation.
    When you get into the installer and the screen where you choose the hard drive, choose the drive then hit advanced and select either Upgrade or Archive and Install. Most people have had great luck with A&I. Nothing will be lost if you do either of those options. If you choose Erase and Install, everything will be erased.

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    So, you have a "free" copy from a friend who works at an Apple store and your posting here? What does your Apple store friend say about your issue?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dtravis7 View Post
    When you get into the installer and the screen where you choose the hard drive, choose the drive then hit advanced and select either Upgrade or Archive and Install. Most people have had great luck with A&I. Nothing will be lost if you do either of those options. If you choose Erase and Install, everything will be erased.

    Thank you very much i will give it a try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjager View Post
    So, you have a "free" copy from a friend who works at an Apple store and your posting here? What does your Apple store friend say about your issue?

    Most apple store employees don't know a thing about Macs. Only the certified technicians "genious" have any real knowledge of the systems.

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    And not everyone who works for apple has something to do with computers. IE administration.

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