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Old Aug 2nd, 2005, 07:45 PM   #1
 
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Installing OS X 3.8 on an older iMac

I am having difficulty installing OS 10.3.8 from my iMac Mini on my iMac G3 400 10GB HD at the cottage. If I remember correctly the message I get is that the additional software is not compatible with this computer. It does not seem to give me options it just forces me to shut down or start up in OS 9.
Does anyone know of a way to load this software?
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Old Aug 2nd, 2005, 07:54 PM   #2
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The disc from the Mac mini works only with the Mac mini, hence why you're getting the error message. No way around it. You'll need a retail Mac OS X v10.3 "Panther" disc to install it on your iMac.
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Thank you! That was pretty well what I expected!
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Why do so many people attempt this ?
Using the new system disks on an old machine ?
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Old Aug 2nd, 2005, 10:27 PM   #5
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Why do so many people attempt this ?
Using the new system disks on an old machine ?
Because it's not obvious that discs from new units don't work in older units? And, in terms of the legality of it, most people don't buy multiple licenses of Mac OS X for all their Macs.
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It goes beyond the attempt to install Mac OS X from these disk.
They 'want' or feel entitled to the bundled software too!

I will have to take a closer look at the new and older grey 'System Disks' and see if they indeed do or do not say 'System' on them.

Everyone should just buy a copy of 'Tiger' and really mess up that original blondie blue iMac -
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Everyone should just buy a copy of 'Tiger' and really mess up that original blondie blue iMac -
Why would it mess up a Bondi Mac? I got Tiger to work on my old 233 iMac (and on a partion bigger than 8GB too). Funny thing is, that the iMac actually works better with Tiger installed than it did with Panther.
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Why would it mess up a Bondi Mac? I got Tiger to work on my old 233 iMac (and on a partion bigger than 8GB too). Funny thing is, that the iMac actually works better with Tiger installed than it did with Panther.
It's true. The legacy support for older machines is stellar on OS X.. especially Tiger.
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