Problem with Install Disc on Mini

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

  1. thedudeAbides macrumors member

    May 3, 2007
    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?

  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    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

    May 3, 2007
    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

    Jul 13, 2008
    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

    May 3, 2007
    thanks for the replies. i will try with my leopard disk when i get home.

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