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Old Feb 27th, 2005, 03:19 PM   #1
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OS X on an ibook

Hello all:
I have a question. I have a mac mini on the way which will ship with panther 10.3.7. Is it possible to also install this on my ibook? is there a specific version of the mac os which ships with portables? I am currently running os x 10.3.7 from a g4 ibook install cd, which i cannot find- will the os that ships with the mac mini work on it?
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Old Feb 27th, 2005, 04:17 PM   #2
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In most cases no!

The grey system restore disks that come with each and every Mac are in most cases machine specific. The OS on them are not any different but the disk does a hardware check and will realize your Mac mini restore disks are in a iBook and will give you a simple error screen saying so.

There may be ways around it, but, think about it, this is a very grey area as per OS licensed use. Just wait for Tiger to upgrade system(s). Of the shelf OS's are much more lenient than the grey restore disks.

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Old Feb 27th, 2005, 04:32 PM   #3
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Old Feb 27th, 2005, 08:10 PM   #4
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I upgraded to Panther on my Titanium Powerbook G4 using the grey restore disk from my wifes iBook without a hitch. I didn't try a fresh install, just the upgrade, and I didn't try any of the iLife programs but I'm almost certain they would not install. The operating system, however, installed without a hitch.

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Old Feb 28th, 2005, 07:37 AM   #5
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I have yet to see a system disk that is machine specific. I have disks for G4, G5, iBook, Powerbook, and have used all of these on other machines without problems.
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I have yet to see a system disk that is machine specific. I have disks for G4, G5, iBook, Powerbook, and have used all of these on other machines without problems.
Same here I have a set of Grey X disks that I've used on G4's, iBook's and iMac's and so far they have all worked. The only thing that I've run into is trying to install iLife it just won't let me do it.

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Old Feb 28th, 2005, 04:29 PM   #7
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I think maybe some of you are confusing software restore and os x install discs....
or maybe i'm just lost
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Old Feb 28th, 2005, 04:43 PM   #8
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With most, if not all, recent vintages of Mac the software restore and OS X install discs have both been grey. The OS X install ones will tend to work on most machines, but not the software restore. Is that any less confusing?
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