refurbished macs and OSX

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  1. roglisk macrumors newbie

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    I know this is probably a stupid question but if I bought a refurbished mac mini would it include tiger and iLife '05 or previous OS?
     
  2. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    I recently bought a refurb before Tiger was out and it had Panther and iLife '05 with it. I would expect that the latest have an Up-to-Date DVD for Tiger along with them.
     
  3. Moria macrumors regular

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  4. cleanup macrumors 68030

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    Depends on when the original buyer purchased it. It'll say what the specs of the mini are in the description.
     
  5. Silencio macrumors 68020

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    It will at least have a Tiger "drop-in" (upgrade) DVD in the box along with iLife 05 DVD and CD. The OS installed on the hard drive may be Panther, but I make a general practice of erase installing new machines anyway, especially refurbs.
     
  6. roglisk thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I am talking about purchasing a mini from the apple online store.
     
  7. gregorydanger macrumors member

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    It should say on the info page for the refurbished system which OS it has but if you're just now buying it from Apple as a refurbished system then it should have Tiger on it.
     
  8. runninmac macrumors 65816

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    Yep im almost 100% positive you get the latest of everything. They have a section on it someplace in there refurb site ill try to find it and paste it here.

    If your going to buy any recent Mac it will have it on I checked the online store but if you going to buy a older refurb mac it says this

    "Mac OS X v10.4 Tiger included
    iLife '05 included


    Note: System Software Version 10.3.3 is pre-installed on the hard drive. Other software may or may not be included pre-installed or on CD's with refurbished products, subject to availability. "
     
  9. roglisk thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you! :)
     
  10. jamesW135 macrumors 6502a

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    How do you get a refurbished mac from Apple??? :confused:
     
  11. Jay42 macrumors 65816

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    Yup, typing this on a refurb PowerBook. It didn't come with Tiger pre-installed, but it was easy to install it since I had nothing to back up. A small inconvenience for a pretty good savings (also no fancy box). I would also recommend an erase and install or clean install of tiger. This can be somewhat hidden, as I missed it the first time. The key is to go slow and READ EVERYTHING (except for licensing agreements). Its hidden under an option button somewhere.

    Psssssssst.
     
  12. Silencio macrumors 68020

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    Stupid Apple Store's stupid expiring links.

    You go to store.apple.com, scroll down a bit and click on the big red "SAVE" tag at the lower right. Welcome to Refurb Heaven!

    All my current Apple hardware is refurbed, BTW: Dual 2.0GHz PowerMac (Rev 1), 1.33GHz 12" Powerbook, even 30GB 3rd gen iPod. Everything flawless and cheap, cheap, CHEAP! :)
     
  13. gregorydanger macrumors member

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    If you go to the Apple store (on the Apple webpage) and scroll down a bit, on the right side of the page there will be a big ol' red button thing that says "Save!" on it -- they're all over there. Some great deals, too!
     

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