I was having trouble with Safari a while back, posted a query about it on this board and was told that the version of Safari that came with Tiger was better than Panther's, which is the os presently on my Imac G5.
Out of frustration and somewhat on a whim, i bought 10.4 on ebay (As usual heard about Leopard the next day ..).
The first disks that came were for an Ibook G4 with a universal installer disk, which was supposed to let me install Tiger on any Mac. That didn't work, so the seller sent me original Apple Imac G5 Tiger disks. Tried to install them but I get the message that "it can't be installed on this computer". I looked at the disk and in small print it does say that the disk is part of a "software bundle and not to be sold seperately"
So, I'm guessing the software can tell this is not the original Imac it was bundled with..?
I've erased the Hd after a backup on an external drive. I was really hoping to install & have a spin at trying out Tiger. Any one know if it's possible to install the software from these disks ?
You can perform a target install on the Mac you want to install to if you have another Mac which has it's own install disks... you boot the target computer into firewire mode, connect it to the other system you'll install from, and select the target computer's hard drive to install to.
But otherwise, you would have had to purchase the retail full version of Tiger (about $70-90) on eBay in order to install Tiger on any Mac system compatible with it.
It's not linked to the specific Mac, most likely your iMac G5 is not the same model as the one the discs came with. There have been 3 revisions of the iMac G5 and the discs that came with them are most likely specific to that generation for technical and anti-piracy reasons.
What you need is the retail copy of Mac OS X. I'd ask this eBay seller for your money back (since what you got isn't what was advertised), and bite the bullet for the retail copy. Some online resellers sell for less than what Apple charges, and if you're a student, teacher or faculty, you are eligible for the education discount.
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Thanks for the info.
I've contacted the seller hoping to get a refund.
In the meantime, I'm still debating wether to get Tiger or wait for Leopard. Will the latter be compatible with G5 processors you reckon?