What DVD System disk is right for PowerBook

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by tcamposr, Oct 20, 2007.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Nov 6, 2006
    Hi All;

    I have a G4 Powerbook and I wanted to do a clean installation. I have my old my old mac mini dvds and thought I could use them on the powerbook. It says that it can not install that system in that machine. Am I missing something? Do I need a special dvd made for laptops?

    Help me out please

  2. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 3, 2007
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 6, 2006
    I have the dvds for the mac mini but for some reason the powerbook says that it cannot install the system there. My powerbook is a G4 and is currently running Tiger. I just want to make a clean installation
  4. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    Whakatane, New Zealand
    Mini disks are for a Mini :)

    You'll either need the disks that came with your system or a set of retail disks.
  5. macrumors 68020


    May 18, 2004
    the system disks that apple ships with computers are often set up to only install on the same type of computer they were shipped with
  6. macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2005
    Portland, OR
    Yup. The difference was the switch to DVD, as they include the added software specific to the model mac and the hardware test to the DVD, making the OS install disc specific to the model. CD install discs that shipped with macs in the past can generally be used on any Mac that existed at the time of release, though obviously it's against the user agreement. The added software was on a separate cd set at that time (as was the hardware test), and those discs couldn't be used with other models.

    EDIT: to the OP, I suggest waiting a week and checking ebay for retail Tiger dvds, they'll likely be cheap once Leopard starts shipping.

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