Problem with Install Disc on Mini

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by thedudeAbides, Oct 24, 2008.

  1. thedudeAbides macrumors member

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    My mac mini went bad this morning, only displays a white screen with a ? folder. i believe it is a harddrive failure. Had Leopard installed on it.

    Mac Mini
    Core Duo 1.6 Ghz (superdrive model)
    1 GB ram
    100 GB harddrive

    When i put in the OS X 10.5 install discs (mac os x installer version 1.0.3 (116.1), the start up screen comes up, but then says "you cannot install this software on this device". i was able to run the disk utility, but it could not finish, gave the message:

    "Invalid Node structure"

    Why won't the disk allow me to re-install Leapord? i tried using the 10.4.2 install disks, but nothing happened, just the ? folder icon. if i erase the hard drive will i be able to re-install leapord?

    thanks.
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

    robbieduncan

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    Sounds like you are trying to use the restore discs from another Mac. That won't work: they are locked to only install on the exact type of Mac they shipped with.
     
  3. thedudeAbides thread starter macrumors member

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    10.4 or 10.5?

    I am unfortunately at work with the machine but left my install discs at home.

    the mini originally shipped with 10.4 install discs, but i have since upgraded to Leopard. Do i need to re-install 10.4 and then re-upgrade to 10.5?

    thanks for the reply.

    And can i go ahead and wipe the drive while i am at work (using the non-installable 10.5 discs) or do i need to wait until i have the usable 10.4 install discs?
     
  4. mdhwoods macrumors regular

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    You will either need to do that, or use a purchased version of Leopard. Not a restore disk of Leopard from a different machine.
     
  5. thedudeAbides thread starter macrumors member

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    thanks for the replies. i will try with my leopard disk when i get home.
     

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