Having trouble finding my original osx version number

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by plazzy, Apr 2, 2010.

  1. plazzy macrumors newbie

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    hi

    I have a macbok pro bought in 2008, ive had osx 10.6 installed over my original osx but now i want to format and go back to factory settings and this i think can only be done by inserting the original disc's which i dont have anymore....
    How can i find out what the original os was?
    I've been all over the apple site but I cant find out how

    any help will be appreciated

    plazzy
     
  2. John Doe 57 macrumors 65816

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  3. Bennieboy© macrumors 65816

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  4. plazzy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks

    I've just tried the install discs grom my imac
    10.5.4
    the mbp picks upthe disc but when going through the restart motion to start the disc the mbp kinda hangs ... the screen lights up and then dissapears then comes on again (all in white)
    so i'm kinda guessing that its only a single machine disc
    therefore i need another unused 10.5 disc
    but will it matter what disc?

    I mean can it be another of the same disc ie 10.5.6 or will it have to be 10.5.1 or 10.5.2 etc...

    I dont want to make the mistake of gtting the wrong disc

    thanks

    plazzy
     
  5. Bennieboy© macrumors 65816

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    the install disc from your iMac wont work, the grey discs are machine specific ;)

    you need general disc or your MBP install discs ;)
     
  6. forcefieldkid macrumors 6502

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    Yes the discs are machine specific, you could try getting in touch with Apple, they will send you restore discs for your machine, I believe theyre around $30 though I havent tried it myself. (Plan to for a macbook, so if you do this, let us know how it worked out)

    You could always buy a retail copy of Leopard, get some good deals on eBay and Amazon but beware that it will not come with iLife, and that will need to be bought seperately (if you so wish).

    Just to note, machine specific restore discs are grey and retail discs (usable on any machine) are black.
     
  7. plazzy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks again

    So now i have to get either grey unused restore discs or
    black retail leopard

    but still one question ..... which version?

    10.5.2 or 10.5.4 or 10.5.6 or is it a different version?

    thanks

    plazzy
     
  8. Bennieboy© macrumors 65816

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    you'll have better luck buying the black retails, greys are hard to find ;)

    as for the version, it dont matter,all incremental updates so 10.5.1 10.5.2 are free, so find the cheapest one and it'll auto update to the last which was 10.5.8 ;)
     
  9. nufanec macrumors regular

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    10.5.6 would be the best bet. Remember you will also need to get a copy of iLife as it would be on the second disk that you are also missing.
     

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