Just bought used Mac Pro, no discs, what's the cheapest way to reinstall?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Crugga, Dec 2, 2010.

  1. Crugga macrumors regular

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    Sorry I'm sure this has been asked a million times.
    Picked up a used first gen mac pro and it's come with tiger but he had lost the disk. I want to either install leopard or better still snow leopard or worst case just give it a fresh install.
    I'm just confused as to what I need to buy?, I've seen leopard for around £90 and snow leopard for £30 and well over £100 as a package of which I only want the os.
    Can anyone confirm which would and would not work on my machine? Will the £30 snow leopard work?
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    You can get the Snow Leopard Upgrade DVD for 25 GBP, it is a Retail version of Mac OS X and will work on all Intel Macs, even ones without Mac OS X installed. It lacks iLife though, that's what the Mac Box Set is for, including iLife and iWork.
     
  3. Crugga thread starter macrumors regular

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  4. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    I'm not sure if all of the older MacPros are even Intel?
    If it's Intel, go for Snow Leopard.
     
  5. otherorange macrumors newbie

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    If it is a MacPro it uses an Intel processor by definition.
     
  6. camomac macrumors 6502a

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    yeah what he said ^^^^^

    the G5 was the last of power PC line, and the mac pro/MBP
    was the introduction to intel. so any mac pro/MBP is able
    to run leopard/snow leopard. and like it was said the "upgrade"
    to snow leopard is a complete OS and will install without the
    need to install leopard first.
     
  7. simsaladimbamba

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    PowerMac G5 --> PPC CPU
    Mac Pro --> X86 CPU

    PowerBook G4 --> PPC CPU
    MacBook Pro --> X86 CPU

    Anyway, when Apple switched to Intel they wanted to have the word "Mac" in every computer they produce, thus the MacPro and MBP.

    www.everymac.com is a good resource to see, what Mac has what and what not.
     

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