OS-X 10.4.3(Tiger) new install disks from apple do not boot

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  1. eddacker macrumors newbie

    eddacker

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    Hello:
    I have an iMac with a single empty partition created by disk util. And I was going to upgrade to Lion but could not. Called Apple Care and was told to format my HDD and install original 10.4.3 Tiger then do the upgrade path.

    I received in the mail today the 4 CD set of 10.4.3 Tiger install disks. I insert Install Disk 1 and start the machine with C key held during the startup chime.

    And I get the gray screen with the flashing question mark folder.

    Some how I was thinking that it would boot and start the install program.

    Silly me.

    Any ideas on how to boot this imac and get the install start_edd?

    TIA, eddacker

    BTW I have verified that all my hardware is good and ready for Lion. When I bought this it had a new install of Leopard and a couple of months ago I upgraded to Snow. But Lion has proved somewhat problematic.
     
  2. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    You have not given any information about your computer. You cannot install an OS that is older than the OS that shipped with your computer. I gather that your iMac is Intel-based. If this is the case, then MacOS X 10.4.3 is too old for your computer.
     
  3. eddacker thread starter macrumors newbie

    eddacker

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    thanks, MisterMe

    It is true that my intel mac is late 2006 or 5,1 and may have originally came with Leopard. That what was on it when I bought it earlier last year.

    Trying to install either Leopard or SL with the DVDs gives errors so my support person at Apple told me that I needed Tiger and I received the disks in the mail on Friday. I cannot try to install them because the do not boot or are not seen by my core 2 duo 4GB system.

    What you said may be the reason they do not boot but I am fairly new to macintosh and have no way of verifing the disks or the process.

    Cheers,
    edward
     
  4. MisterMe, Apr 12, 2015
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    MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Welcome to the Mac.

    If indeed your iMac is an iMac5,1, then the oldest OS that it can boot is MacOS X 10.4.7. As I said before, it cannot boot MacOS X 10.4.3. In fact, no commercial Intel-based Mac can boot the older version of MacOS X 10.4. The newest OS that your iMac can boot is OS X 10.7.5. Your Mac will also boot any retail version of MacOS X 10.5 and any retail version of MacOS X 10.6. OS X 10.7 was distributed via the Mac App Store free of charge.

    I gather that you received MacOS X 10.4.3 because you gave the Apple support guy some faulty information. You're a newbie; don't sweat it. However, you really need an OS X 10.6 distribution DVD. Once you have OS X 10.6 installed and fully updated, then you may upgrade to OS X 10.7 via the Mac App Store. As I said above, OS X 10.7 is free. If I remember correctly, MacOS X 10.6 is also now free for users who want to upgrade older versions of OS X to OS X 10.7 or above.
     
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