Dumb Question

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by triton, Apr 2, 2004.

  1. triton macrumors regular

    Jul 15, 2003

    Just a stupid question. I've used apple's plenty of times in my life, and I love them to death. However, I have never done a reinstall of a system before. Here's my question - I want to upgrade my parents computer from OS X to OS X Jaquar. However, there is too much crap on their computer, and they just want to start all over again. :eek:

    So I'm heading to the apple store tonight to buy jaquar - after purchasing the full version, how do I go about installing it over everything else? :confused: Once I insert the disk, is there an option to do a fresh install, without bringing any of the old files or programs over?

    Thank you for your help!
  2. HexMonkey Administrator


    Staff Member

    Feb 5, 2004
    New Zealand
    Yes, the installer has three options:
    *Erase and install: Format the disk and then install (what you want)
    *Archive and install: Archive the previous system and install a new one, keeping all user data and applications intact.
    *Upgrade: Modifies the current system (but can potentially cause problems)

    BTW, does the computer have USB ports? If it does, I'd strongly recommend upgrading to Panther instead, otherwise, stick with Jaguar.
  3. blue&whiteman macrumors 65816


    Nov 30, 2003
    that should be altered to say factory original usb. if its a beige G3 or older with a usb pci card then you will have to stick with jaguar. just want to save him any confusion.
  4. triton thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 15, 2003
    Thank you for your help. I am actually installing all of this to a g4 imac machine. And I actually meant to say I wanted to install Panther! arggh. How much does the full version run at? $129? :confused:
  5. xRob2k4x macrumors newbie

    Apr 2, 2004
    Look for a *cough free version on the *cough net maybe ;-)
  6. triton thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 15, 2003
  7. flyfish29 macrumors 68020


    Feb 4, 2003
    New HAMpshire
    buy the software!!!! don't steal...but if you are a student (or educator) you can get it for something like $69. Try eBay too if you like, but buy the stuff, we want apple to continue to make great software.
  8. dukemeiser macrumors 6502a


    Dec 17, 2002
    There is no such thing as a stupid question. Just stupid people who ask questions. :D

    But please, don't bootleg a copy. It will come back to bite you in the end. There's always that chance you could get caught. Would you really want your parents to get in legal trouble for having pirated Panther?

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