Putting 10.3 on a 1st gen Mac mini

Discussion in 'macOS' started by dusanv, Nov 8, 2007.

  1. dusanv macrumors 6502

    Mar 1, 2006
    I got a Mac mini (1st gen, 1.25 GHz G4) thinking I'd be able to put 10.3 on in because it shipped with 10.3.7. But its restore CDs contain 10.4. I have the retail version of 10.3.0 and it won't install on it. Is there anything I can do to put 10.3 on this mini? Can I get the older 10.3 restore CDs somehow? Or maybe slipstream 10.3.9 onto the retail CDs?
  2. squeeks macrumors 68040


    Jun 19, 2007
  3. jamesarm97 macrumors 65816

    Sep 29, 2006
    Buy Leopard. I put it on my first gen mini 1.25 with 1gig ram. Runs much better than Tiger.

    - James
  4. dusanv thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 1, 2006
    Guys, I need 10.3 there for testing...

    edit: on a suggestion of an old time Mac user, I'm just installing in target disk mode from my PB. Seems to be working so far....
  5. dusanv thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 1, 2006
    Oh, not good. I finished with the target mode install of 10.3 and now it won't start at all. I can hear the startup chime but the screen doesn't come on at all. Zapped the PRam. Tried the single user mode. Nothing. Argh!

    edit: it booted after about 10 tries. Freaky. Everything is file...

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