Problem Installing Mac Os X 10.2

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by lisagauss, Dec 6, 2002.

  1. lisagauss macrumors newbie

    Dec 6, 2002
    hey everyone....i must first say that i am a newbie to mac's. so here goes: I am currently trying to install MAC OS X 10.2 on my cousin's imac. i popped in the cd it asked me to reboot to intall and so i did...after the installer loaded, i followed all the promps, then it asked me for the destination...when i went to choose the hard drive, it said the following "you cannot instal MAC OS X on this disk. an earlier version of MAC OS X is not installed". so i thought that it was trying to do an upgrade and it cannot upgrade from mac os 8.6. so i went into disk utility and formatted the hard drive. I went ahear again with the installer, and again it keps saying the same thing: "you cannot instal MAC OS X on this disk. an earlier version of MAC OS X is not installed". I know this isn;t the upgrade cd cause my friend told me that it was the full install. it is not a boot leg it is an original...also, in the installer it says the u can choose between upgrade or install, but it does not give me that option. any help pleaseeeeeeee!!
  2. dricci macrumors 6502a

    Dec 15, 2001
    Re: Problem Installing Mac Os X 10.2

    Look at the CD, does it say "Upgrade" on it? I think your friend is wrong.

    Sound kinda guilty... are you trying to make yourself believe that? :D

    This sounds like an upgrade CD. Just order the full Jaguar install and be legal and support future development of the OS, you can get it for less than $100 w/ rebates on some online stores now.. shop around.
  3. vniow macrumors G4

    Jul 18, 2002
    I accidentally my whole location.
    I know I've seen a hack that lets you do a full install from an upgrade disc, but you'd have to do a search for it somewhere.
  4. daveg5 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 28, 2001
    sounds like someone else upgrade cd, so you will have to have a previous version of 10 installed. they are as low as $39 and I have seen 10.2 going for as little as $79 after rebate. why I see nothing wrong with Loading the OS you own on all of your machines regardless how many there are if this is a bootlegg you have no sypathy from me.
    until you purchase one of the above you can check out to get used to the new interface in OS9 if you cna upgrade that.
    Peace and good luck
  5. medea macrumors 68030


    Aug 4, 2002
    Madison, Wi
    borrowed from, so thank mac15...:
    Turn Jaguar Update CD Into a Full Installer

    If you, like me, were frustrated with the $19.95 Jaguar upgrade disc because it would not work as a full installer (it requires that a version of OS X is already installed, will only upgrade - no clean installs), well, worry no more. Now you can get a clean install of Jaguar.

    Here is how to make this "upgrade-only" disc a full installer. The only difference between the "upgrade" disc and the $129 retail version is that the upgrade disc contains a little file that checks for a previously installed version of OS X. With the following method, you get rid of this check file. All you need is a blank CD-R.

    (This only applies to Jaguar disc one. Disc two does NOT check for a previously installed OS.)

    1. Insert the Mac OS 10.2 Update CD (disc one)
    2. Open Disk Copy (found in the Utilities folder)
    3. Select "File - Image - New Image from Device"
    4. Select your CD-ROM drive from the dialog
    5. Image as "DVD/CD Master"

    Now modify the contents:

    1. Control-click on the resulting disc image
    2. Make certain that the disc image is mounted
    3. Navigate with the Finder to "System - Installation - Package Contents"
    4. Select the "Essentials.pkg" file
    5. Control-click on the "Essentials.pkg" file and select "Show Package Contents"
    6. In the pop-up Finder window, navigate to "Contents - Resources"
    7. Here is where we find the culprit! Drag the file titled "Check for OSX" to the Trash; close all finder windows.

    To burn your fully functional Jaguar disc:

    1. Return to Disk Copy and select "File - Image - New Image from Device"
    2. Select the mounted volume you opened above and create another "DVD/CD Master" image
    3. Now select "Image - Burn Image"
    4. Select the newly modified .dmg file
    5. Burn to CD ... that's it!

    This works quite beautifully and only takes a few minutes to do (waiting for the disc images to be created is the longest part).

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