downgrading to tiger

Discussion in 'iMac' started by the batman, Mar 27, 2011.

  1. the batman macrumors regular

    Feb 16, 2010
    I've had my imac 21.5 for a month now and it came preinstalled with snow leopard. I've given it a month to get used to it, but my preferences and the things i do were just altogether suited for tiger(which I used on my black macbook for about 4 years)

    i've read that if i used the tiger install discs that came with the macbook it won't erase and install. if i bought the tiger install discs for the imac will it work in downgrading it with erase and install?

    thanks guys
  2. gdeputy macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2008
    New York
    keep learning, SL is better than Tiger in basically every way.
  3. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    The discs that came with a macbook will not install on an iMac. The grey restore disks are system specific and will NOT work on a different model. Ifyou try it it will say "OSx cannot be installed on this computer." The only way you can install to an earlier version is if the earlier version came with that computer. In other words, if you buy an iMac that comes with Tiger and you later upgrade to Leopard and don't like it, then you can go back to tiger.
  4. Badger^2 macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2009
    Its not a "dont" its a "you cant".

    Why not tell us some of the things you are "missing" from Tiger?

    Perhaps you just need to click a preference or two.
  5. GGJstudios, Mar 27, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 27, 2011

    GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    What are you referring to?
  6. G-Force macrumors 6502a

    Nov 25, 2006
    It's not possible, 10.4.11 doesn't have the appropriate drivers for your iMac.
    I guess that is different for some people, there are things that, in my opinion, are much better in Tiger. Tiger is still my favorite version of Mac OS X, but we all had to move on... Still love using it on my iBook G4 though.
  7. igucl macrumors 6502a

    Oct 11, 2003
    I, for one, would be very interested to hear more from all you Tiger lovers. I can't imagine what could be better about using Tiger over SL. Plus, I can't think of any features that were a part of Tiger that no longer exist in SL. Only difference is that SL includes a larger variety of methods for getting around and working with your computer. That doesn't mean you can't still use the old methods.

    I'm just really curious about this. Please enlighten me. :)
  8. G-Force macrumors 6502a

    Nov 25, 2006
    It's not about features, it'a about the feeling of the OS. Windows Vista has more features than Windows XP, but nobody wants to use Vista.

    Don't get me wrong, I like Snow Leopard but Tiger, to me, looks much better. Looks are important to me, it's one of the reasons why I switched to the Mac. In my opinion it looks more professional (god, I hate the space stuff in Leopard and Snow Leopard, I also hate the (Snow) Leopard menubar alot), yet still more elegant than other OS's out there at the time. The Spotlight result window is more organized, the OS felt much faster on my MacBook (which I sadly don't own anymore) and I'm sure there are more things I'm forgetting to mention right now.

    Conclusion, I just like Tiger more than Leopard and Snow Leopard. Different people, different opinions.
  9. igucl macrumors 6502a

    Oct 11, 2003
    Thanks. I respect your opinion; I was just curious. Do you still dislike the menu bar when the translucency is turned off? It's very easy to make it solid, as it is in Tiger. I completely agree with you about the "space stuff" that Apple brought out with Time Machine. I also hated it, and that's why I found a little utility program that allows me to change the background of the login screen to whatever I choose.
  10. G-Force macrumors 6502a

    Nov 25, 2006
    To me the solid Leopard menubar looks even worse than the translucent one. Dull grey with a black line under it, doesn't look as elegant as Tiger's glossy menubar with the rounded corners. But I'm used to it, I've used Leopard since it was available so I'm trying not to complain about it anymore. Thanks for the tip though.

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