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nihedbf
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2012 6:13 am    Post subject: can someone help me please Reply with quote

hi everybody
i am new with mac os and i have a mac mini G4 the hard disk is damaged and i replaced with an other hard drive i dont have the CD for my mac and i dont know how to install the mac os, i have an original cd of mac os X snow leopard version 10.6.3 i get it form friend but i donyt know if it is the right cd or noe i can not boot or install
please can any one help me how to do it?
specs :mac mini 1.42G4/512MB
model number:A1103

please help me
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2012 10:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Snow Leopard is for Intel Macs only, you need a retail version of either Tiger or Leopard.
Install discs designed for other Apple computers are model specific and will not work for you.
You could contact Apple and probably purchase a copy of the 'original' install disc after suppling them your mini serial number.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2012 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ebay has tiger and panther osx


http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p4712.m570.l1313&_nkw=tiger+osx&_sacat=See-All-Categories


http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=panther+osx&_sacat=0&_odkw=tiger+osx&_osacat=0&_from=R40

I think you need panther. Not Sure
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2012 4:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The A1103 tops out at 10.5.8 according to Mac Tracker

Original OS Mac OS X 10.3.7 (7T21)
Later OS Mac OS X 10.4 (8A428)
Maximum OS Mac OS X 10.5.8
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2012 12:53 am    Post subject: Tiger is the way to go! Reply with quote

Unless you have a ton of fun money to pour into your mini, Tiger is going to be the most cost effective solution for you.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=mac+os+10.4

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_2_11?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=mac+os+10.5+leopard&sprefix=mac+os+10.5%2Caps%2C298

While I know you can find cheaper solutions on eBay or even Criagslist. Leopard PPC is abhorrently expensive. I ran into this problem a few months back with my iMac G4/800 that was running Tiger.
Now that I have a G4/PB running 10.5 I can tell you the gain is nominal for what you would expect to do on G4 mini. Granted, you do have search around a bit for older software packages that work, but once that is done, you still have a very viable computer.
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