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Wiseman
Apr 20, 2011, 04:39 PM
Hey, I'm trying to do a complete reinstall of OS X and the applications that came with my Mac mini G4, but the installer says it can't be installed on that machine, which makes no sense.

Any ideas on what's causing the problem and how to solve it?



simsaladimbamba
Apr 20, 2011, 04:41 PM
Do you use the grey Restore DVD/CD that came with that Mac or do you use some other CD/DVD (and if so, what exactly)?

TEG
Apr 20, 2011, 04:42 PM
Which version are you trying to install? I believe the Mini required at least 10.3 but more likely 10.4, and you have to make sure it is the right extra revision, because if the device came out under 10.4.5, you would not be able to install 10.4.0. If you are using the grey discs, you may need to make sure they are the right discs for that model.

TEG

chrismacguy
Apr 20, 2011, 04:44 PM
Which version are you trying to install? I believe the Mini required at least 10.3 but more likely 10.4, and you have to make sure it is the right extra revision, because if the device came out under 10.4.5, you would not be able to install 10.4.0. If you are using the grey discs, you may need to make sure they are the right discs for that model.

TEG

If its an early 2005 Mini (1.25/1.42Ghz), it Shipped with 10.3.7 (Grey disks only), and then later 10.4.0 (Mine shipped with 10.3.7 in Feb '05) and if its a later 2005 Mini (1.33/1.5Ghz) it shipped with 10.4.2.

Wiseman
Apr 20, 2011, 04:52 PM
This is a 2005 Mac mini, and it came with 10.4.2 as the restore discs, but those are the ones where the installer says it can't be installed, and the drive has been erased, so nothing is there to stop it.

TEG
Apr 20, 2011, 04:54 PM
This is a 2005 Mac mini, and it came with 10.4.2 as the restore discs, but those are the ones where the installer says it can't be installed, and the drive has been erased, so nothing is there to stop it.

Did you use Disk Utility on the disc to format and partition the Drive as Mac OS Extended using the Apple Partition Map?

TEG

Wiseman
Apr 20, 2011, 04:55 PM
Did you use Disk Utility on the disc to format and partition the Drive as Mac OS Extended using the Apple Partition Map?

Yes, it's formatted as Mac OS X Extended (Journaled)

TEG
Apr 20, 2011, 04:57 PM
Yes, it's formatted as Mac OS X Extended (Journaled)

With the Apple Boot Map? Not Master Boot Record or GUID?

If yes, it may actually be that the disc has found an error on the disk.

TEG

Wiseman
Apr 20, 2011, 05:00 PM
With the Apple Boot Map? Not Master Boot Record or GUID?

If yes, it may actually be that the disc has found an error on the disk.

Yes. I doubt there's a disk error, since I only zeroed out the data already on it, and there were no errors at that time.

adcx64
Apr 21, 2011, 01:08 PM
Is there an option to do a custom install in the installer? Try that.

Wiseman
Apr 21, 2011, 05:24 PM
Is there an option to do a custom install in the installer? Try that.

Nope, no such option. I can only get to the point where I select the language, and after I do that, the error message pops up that says it can't be installed on this Mac.