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Old Nov 2, 2007, 08:02 AM   #1
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How to perform a clean Leopard install using the upgrade DVD

Hi,

I'm so annoyed regarding the broken Entourage <-> Exchange SSL root cert situation that I feel I must let others know of the following...

To perform a fresh / clean installation of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard to a totally blank/formatted hard drive using nothing but the upgrade DVD, do the following:

1. Boot from the Mac OS X Leopard Upgrade DVD (hold 'c' while booting).
2. Notice that the check for previous will fail (and "Continue" button is grayed out).
3. Choose the option of restoring from a Time Machine backup and go as far as you can (note: if you do actually have a Time Machine backup, pretend that you don't - making sure you've already removed any backup drives you may have plugged in).
4. Now go back to (almost) the initial screen.
5. Notice the "Continue" button is no longer grayed out...
6. Install Leopard while drinking a beer.
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Old Dec 3, 2007, 05:23 PM   #2
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Old Dec 18, 2007, 09:11 PM   #3
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You are god of the apples

I've been working at this problem for well over an hour. Right when I thought I was the only person on the internet to have this problem I saw your post three pages in on google. I took at a look and with some skepticism tried it. IT WORKED! You are the only person I saw EVER mention having the continue button grayed out on an installation of Leopard. Thank you so much for saving me from three more nights of hell.


this is his fiance:
THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH FOR KNOW WHAT YOU'RE DOING! im so glad that we finally got through that horrible problem as i am a very impatient person and ive been waiting for my ipod touch to work on this for days now and im so happy thank you
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Old Jan 28, 2008, 06:34 PM   #4
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Many Many Thanks

i have a work macbook pro, and am new to apple, i use windows mainly.

anyhoo, tried to upgrade thinking the upgrade DVD was a clean install DVD (like the windows non-upgrade disks)

even with 10.4.11 mac osx, it said that i didn't have an installation of 10.4

i then couldnt boot into 10.4.11 eh?????
re tried upgrade - failed
tried the installation disks with the macbook - they didnt work now.
apparently, the disks are only appropriate for the version the macbook was when purchased (10.4.6 in this case)


then saw your post
et voila, installation is proceeding , its midnight, and itll take another 53 mins, i'm off to bed, will finish in the am.

thanks
again

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Old Jan 28, 2008, 06:49 PM   #5
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Nice trick, thanks for that -- next time I won't need to install Tiger first to get my Leopard DVD to let me do a clean install. :P
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Old Jan 29, 2008, 02:29 AM   #6
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To all the above why not wait until 10.5.2 is out then upgrade to leopard??
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Old Aug 3, 2008, 04:49 PM   #7
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clean install

Will this method work on a system that is not a blank/formatted hard drive? I'm assuming clean install means that if the system is not blank it will be whipped clean (meaning losing/erasing all current files, apps, etc) as the new system is installed. Is this assumption correct?

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Old Sep 3, 2008, 08:12 PM   #8
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This method is probably very successful given that no one seems to be having problems with it. However, whenever I click to install from the Drop-in DVD, I get a folder with a question mark on it.

That would normally indicate a hard drive issue but I don't think that is the case in my situation. Of course, my basis for assuming this is that I erased Tiger and tried to install Leopard using a restore disk (see also: naive).

Moral of the story: get help or buy another Leopard disk.
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Old Sep 4, 2008, 08:15 AM   #9
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This method is probably very successful given that no one seems to be having problems with it. However, whenever I click to install from the Drop-in DVD, I get a folder with a question mark on it.

That would normally indicate a hard drive issue but I don't think that is the case in my situation. Of course, my basis for assuming this is that I erased Tiger and tried to install Leopard using a restore disk (see also: naive).

Moral of the story: get help or buy another Leopard disk.
Check your system preferences and see if your start up drive is not highlighted. It ought to look similar to mine.
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Thank you

I was about to have to get off my ass and go buy a DL-DVDR so I could do this, and now I can continue to be a lazy mofo. So the fat in my body sings your praises.
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Old Apr 21, 2009, 08:42 AM   #11
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I was about to have to get off my ass and go buy a DL-DVDR so I could do this, and now I can continue to be a lazy mofo. So the fat in my body sings your praises.
lol


This is an excellent trick and pretty much renders the whole point of the upgrade DVD useless, making it exactly like the full retail install disc.
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Old Apr 21, 2009, 12:50 PM   #12
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leopard install........

hi. my name is sergio,. Modesto, CA I have mac Ibook tiger 10.3.9 I need to upgrade to use new software for recording,.. logic express 8. ( ?) can I perform a leopard install on my labtop.
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Old Feb 2, 2010, 07:31 PM   #13
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This method is probably very successful given that no one seems to be having problems with it. However, whenever I click to install from the Drop-in DVD, I get a folder with a question mark on it.

That would normally indicate a hard drive issue but I don't think that is the case in my situation. Of course, my basis for assuming this is that I erased Tiger and tried to install Leopard using a restore disk (see also: naive).

Moral of the story: get help or buy another Leopard disk.
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Hi,

Please open Disk Utility, select your hard drive and check the info at the bottom-right corner; The Partition Map Scheme.
for Intel Mac, it must be GUID, for PPC Mac it must be Apple Partition Map.
MBR is not an option if you want to start up Mac System.

Click the 'Partition' Tab above, create 1 partition ( or the # you want )
then click 'Options' at the bottom, and select GUID or Apple Partition Map.

Apply and quit Disk Utility, you will be taken back to the Installer.
install with the trick described above.

Thanks
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Old Feb 2, 2010, 08:24 PM   #14
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Hi,

Please open Disk Utility, select your hard drive and check the info at the bottom-right corner; The Partition Map Scheme.
for Intel Mac, it must be GUID, for PPC Mac it must be Apple Partition Map.
MBR is not an option if you want to start up Mac System.

Click the 'Partition' Tab above, create 1 partition ( or the # you want )
then click 'Options' at the bottom, and select GUID or Apple Partition Map.

Apply and quit Disk Utility, you will be taken back to the Installer.
install with the trick described above.

Thanks
I suspect he probably just didn't know about holding down the C key, but then one would hope he's sussed that after a year and 3 months.
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Old Mar 23, 2010, 02:23 PM   #15
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I am extremely grateful for this. I'm fixing a friends PowerBook G4 and I was beginning to think I'd have to take the machine back un-fixed.

Thank You,

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Old May 7, 2010, 02:28 PM   #16
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Hi, i know this an old thread, but i have this problem now. I don't get the option of destination to install it. just a blank box.
I'm on macbook pro 10.4.11

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Originally Posted by nix.hanno View Post
Hi,

I'm so annoyed regarding the broken Entourage <-> Exchange SSL root cert situation that I feel I must let others know of the following...

To perform a fresh / clean installation of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard to a totally blank/formatted hard drive using nothing but the upgrade DVD, do the following:

1. Boot from the Mac OS X Leopard Upgrade DVD (hold 'c' while booting).
2. Notice that the check for previous will fail (and "Continue" button is grayed out).
3. Choose the option of restoring from a Time Machine backup and go as far as you can (note: if you do actually have a Time Machine backup, pretend that you don't - making sure you've already removed any backup drives you may have plugged in).
4. Now go back to (almost) the initial screen.
5. Notice the "Continue" button is no longer grayed out...
6. Install Leopard while drinking a beer.

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Hi, i know this an old thread, but i have this problem now. I don't get the option of destination to install it. just a blank box.
I'm on macbook pro 10.4.11
Your disk needs to be set up using disk utility...
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Old Dec 9, 2010, 11:43 AM   #18
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Hi,

I'm so annoyed regarding the broken Entourage <-> Exchange SSL root cert situation that I feel I must let others know of the following...

To perform a fresh / clean installation of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard to a totally blank/formatted hard drive using nothing but the upgrade DVD, do the following:

1. Boot from the Mac OS X Leopard Upgrade DVD (hold 'c' while booting).
2. Notice that the check for previous will fail (and "Continue" button is grayed out).
3. Choose the option of restoring from a Time Machine backup and go as far as you can (note: if you do actually have a Time Machine backup, pretend that you don't - making sure you've already removed any backup drives you may have plugged in).
4. Now go back to (almost) the initial screen.
5. Notice the "Continue" button is no longer grayed out...
6. Install Leopard while drinking a beer.
Ive tried this with a Snow Leopard upgrade disc but is doesnt work. Should it work or am I doing something wrong? It keeps giving me te message that i need a 10.5 version before I can install this software.. U know another way of doign this?
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