Question about osx bundled software

pcdoctor

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I'm a newbie (to macs).
Can anyone tell me if a version of OSX Tiger that comes with an emac will install on a powermac G4, G5, ibook, powerbook, etc.

Thx
 

mad jew

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The bundled DVD is computer-specific in that it installs parts necessary for the machine it came with. Example: battery software is not necessary in the eMac so it is not included.

Legalities aside, you may be able to use an Mac mini DVD in an eMac or a PowerBook DVD in an iBook but I wouldn't recommend it from an optimised-software point of view.
 

pcdoctor

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Gotcha, that is what I wanted to know.
Imagine if there were versions of xp for desktops and laptops.
I still can't see how M$ can charge $300 for XP Pro when Apple only has one version of OSX. I also realize that you can get OEM versions of XP Pro much cheaper. It's been a long time coming and I see myself being a home mac user in the future.
 

pcdoctor

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Yes, a few of them.
I also work for the contractor who's client is Cobb County School District.
I'm sure you've heard about the Cobb deal in the news.
I've always been a mac fan but never bought one.
I've always talked about the gui and wanting one but never buying one.
It has really put me over the edge since the Intels will be coming out.
I might be telling my age but when I was in college I remember Crystal Quest.
I guess that's the right name.
I used to love playing that game. (I've been in the computer field a verrrrry long time and have built my own windows towers for years)

http://www.whatisthe2gs.apple2.org.za/the_fairway/game_pages/crystal_quest.html
 

skubish

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mad jew said:
Most probably not. Plus, it would be illegal since you only buy one licence with the eMac.
Just curious. If the eMac is no longer being used (broken, disabled, etc.) does the license allow it to be installed on another computer? Or does the license say "for the eMac this software came with and nothing else"?

I find it hard to believe that Apple makes a Tiger disk for each computer they sell. The only thing different would be the drivers for the hardware and during installation it would only install the necessary drivers.

The retail Tiger must contain all drivers for all supported hardware?
 

devilot

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skubish said:
I find it hard to believe that Apple makes a Tiger disk for each computer they sell. The only thing different would be the drivers for the hardware and during installation it would only install the necessary drivers.

The retail Tiger must contain all drivers for all supported hardware?
I don't know the technicalities, but I bought a legit Tiger dvd for my PB but I thought I would first test out my iMac's disc and see if I could install Tiger on my PB w/ it... I could not. That's all I know, sorry. :eek:
 

gekko513

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Actually the OS X version that is included on the restore DVDs are in themselves the same for all Macs in my experience.

My PowerBook HD crashed while I was at my parents during my vacation and I used the restore DVD from my niece's eMac to install Panther. As far as I could tell OS X in itself was the same as the Panther that I got with the PowerBook, it even installed the battery widget in the menu bar.

As I expected I wasn't able to install the software package with Appleworks, the games and the other software that was bundled with the eMac, though.

Edit: As for devilot not being able to do this with Tiger ... maybe they have changed it after Panther?
 

devilot

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gekko513 said:
Edit: As for devilot not being able to do this with Tiger ... maybe they have changed it after Panther?
I've read that elsewhere on MR as well.
 

pcdoctor

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Ok, here are two more questions.
If I have OSX for imac (lcd imac PowerPC G4) will this imac osx install on any other imac (the older colored ones) and the imac with the dome base?
I was also wondering if the emac is dead/broken can the license be transferred to another emac?
 

Macky-Mac

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skubish said:
Just curious. If the eMac is no longer being used (broken, disabled, etc.) does the license allow it to be installed on another computer? Or does the license say "for the eMac this software came with and nothing else"?...

no, the license does not say anything like "for the eMac this software came with and nothing else", so yes, you can install it on a different machine as long as it isnt installed on more than one machine at a time........the license even gives you the right to a one time permanent transfer of the license as long as you follow the requirements of the license (basically you cant keep a copy for yourself and you must remove it from any computers on which it was previously installed)

often an install disk will work on similar configurations and older equipment than it shipped with, but not on all configurations
 

mrgreen4242

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I think that a disc released with a newer machine will work with an older one, but not vice versa. So, for example, the Tiger disc with a mini will work on the last generation of iBooks, but not with the newest generation.

There are probably exceptions to this, but that's the generality, as far as I know.
 

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