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    iMac Tiger won't install Leopard.

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    iMac Tiger won't install Leopard.
    I'm running Apple 10.4.11 on my iMac and last night I loaded the wrong install disk in an attempt to upgrade to Leopard. I'm not sure what disk is in there I bought it on Ebay. I was sent the wrong disk. It came with the manual on how to get an iMac started for the first time so I assume they just sold me the retail start-up version and not the upgrade. Now when I get past the language part of install it says "Max OS X can't be installed on this computer" "If you want to restore your system from a Time Machine backup, click "Restore from Backup" Then I have options to Restore from Backup or Restart.

    Question: How do I get the CD out of the drive?
    Question: Did this erase my hard drive from the iMac?
    Question: What do I do once I get the CD out? I want to upgrade all the way to snow leopard and just need to know which CD to buy

    I don't know a ton about this stuff, but would appreciate your help in any way. Thanks!

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    iMac Tiger won't install Leopard.
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    What color is the disc?

    I'm guessing it's gray. if so, it is model-specific. If it's not for your model, it won't work.

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    iMac Tiger won't install Leopard.
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    We need so much more information...like what are the specs of your computer?

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    iMac Tiger won't install Leopard.

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    The disk was gray, leading me to the same conclusion that it's not my model. I believe this iMac is the 1.83GHz Intel 17-inch (Core Duo)

    (MA199LL) 17-inch iMac Intel
    Introduced January 10, 2006
    Discontinued September 6, 2006
    Part Number MA199LL
    Processor 1.83GHz Intel Core Duo
    L2 Cache 2MB Shared
    Frontside Bus 667MHz
    Memory 512MB 667MHz DDR2
    Hard drive 160GB Serial ATA, 7200 rpm
    Optical drive 8x SuperDrive

    These are the specs or very close (can't get on to check actual specs)

    Thanks for the help fellas.

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    iMac Tiger won't install Leopard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dmrogen View Post
    Question: How do I get the CD out of the drive?
    Question: Did this erase my hard drive from the iMac?
    Question: What do I do once I get the CD out? I want to upgrade all the way to snow leopard and just need to know which CD to buy
    Thanks for the model info.

    1. To get the CD out of the drive...there's a button on the keyboard in the upper right corner that has a triangle on it...push this button. Or...you can restart the computer, immediately press & hold the mouse button...and the disk should eject.

    2. No...this should not have erased your HD.

    3. Go to your nearest Apple Store...and purchase a $29 Snow Leopard install disk.

    HTH,

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    iMac Tiger won't install Leopard.
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    You have to buy the mac box upgrade to upgrade from Tiger. Snow leopard on its own wont work or so Im told.

    It costs about a hundred dollars or so.

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    iMac Tiger won't install Leopard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matteo View Post
    You have to buy the mac box upgrade to upgrade from Tiger. Snow leopard on its own wont work or so Im told.

    It costs about a hundred dollars or so.
    Untrue. Apple wants you to buy the Mac Boxed Set, but there's nothing stopping you from using the $29 upgrade. You will need to format your HDD and do a clean install, but it's a very worthy upgrade.
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

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    iMac Tiger won't install Leopard.
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    ahhh is that so...? Well they fooled me lol

    I dont wanna format though I just wanna upgrade, is that 29 dollar beauty ok for this...?

    My macbookpro came with Tiger 10.4.11

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    iMac Tiger won't install Leopard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matteo View Post
    ahhh is that so...? Well they fooled me lol

    I dont wanna format though I just wanna upgrade, is that 29 dollar beauty ok for this...?

    My macbookpro came with Tiger 10.4.11
    Nope. You pretty much have to do a clean install (and the same would be true of the Mac Boxed Set, there is no direct upgrade from 10.4 to 10.6).

    So, just make a backup using SuperDuper. Do your clean install. When it's finished, it will ask if you would like to run the Migration Assistant. Do it. Then, hook up your external HDD and Migration Assistant will pull all of your docs/data and settings over. What I would *not* recommend is to bring over all of your apps, as many will be outdated and could potentially cause issues with 10.6.
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

    https://youtu.be/KHZ8ek-6ccc

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    iMac Tiger won't install Leopard.
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    ahh ok mate thanks.

    With the clean install I wouldnt need anything extra besides the cd's would I...?

    I dont have any serials or original disks with me (although I think I can find the serial somewhere on my comp...?)

    Cheers

    P.S I think Ill do it with ccc as its free.

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    iMac Tiger won't install Leopard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matteo View Post
    ahh ok mate thanks.

    With the clean install I wouldnt need anything extra besides the cd's would I...?

    I dont have any serials or original disks with me (although I think I can find the serial somewhere on my comp...?)

    Cheers

    P.S I think Ill do it with ccc as its free.
    If you pull the apps back over with Migration Assistant, then you'll be OK for the most part. But again, I'm not sure that I would recommend pulling over all of those apps (especially if they're old) as a lot of software had to be rewritten or updated to play nicely with 10.6.
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

    https://youtu.be/KHZ8ek-6ccc

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    Yeh Ive heard that.

    There are only two programs Im pulling back over and they are Propellerhead Reason and Record.

    They both required license keys to work/install, will these setting be affected at all...?

    Wow macs really are so much easier than pc's once you get the hang of them.

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    iMac Tiger won't install Leopard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matteo View Post
    Yeh Ive heard that.

    There are only two programs Im pulling back over and they are Propellerhead Reason and Record.

    They both required license keys to work/install, will these setting be affected at all...?

    Wow macs really are so much easier than pc's once you get the hang of them.
    I'm honestly not sure. But I would definitely search for your keys and install media before you get started.
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

    https://youtu.be/KHZ8ek-6ccc

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    iMac Tiger won't install Leopard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cwa107 View Post
    I'm honestly not sure. But I would definitely search for your keys and install media before you get started.
    I actually found out that the programs I want can actually just be reinstalled with the same keys.

    Ive backed up all the files I will need so the next step is to get over to the mac shop, buy the sleopard and start boogie-ing

    Thanks man

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    iMac Tiger won't install Leopard.
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    Well it worked.

    Now running the sleopard and it looks great, such a change from Tiger.

    Installed Dreamweaver, Fireworks etc and with only 2g ram they start very quickly.

    The only issue I have come across so far is that when running either of these applications the mouse pad seems to run a bit slower, you kinda have to put more effort into the push of the pointer.

    I've adjusted the mouse pads settings but still quite slow. Is this is cpu issue, a well known occurence...?

    Anyway thanks for helping me out the last few days guys. :-)

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