Reinstalling Leopard on erased HD

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Learjet035, May 28, 2012.

  1. Learjet035 macrumors 6502

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    #1
    Hey, I'm in need of some help here.

    My bro had a hand me down iMac that was loaded full of stuff.
    Was running OS 5.6 and super slow.
    I have a 5.2 grey install disk but when I put it in it says it cannot be loaded.

    I went to Disk utility and erased the drive so there's nothing on it and formatted as extended journaled.

    I've tried booting holding ALT
    And C like it says on the disk but each time I get a message saying something along the lines of it can't be installed.

    Any ideas? I'm lost.

    Thank you
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

    maflynn

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    Those gray install disks are keys to a particular model of Mac, so if you tried to install OSX using them on a different model of Mac then it will give you an error message.

    Pick up a retail copy of Leopard (or later) on ebay or the apple store, if you want snow leopard.
     
  3. Learjet035 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ok thanks.
    ANything special I need to do, or just throw the disk in?
     
  4. Weaselboy Moderator

    Weaselboy

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    Nope... just pop it in and hold c when restarting to make it boot from the DVD and follow the instructions. It is pretty easy to do.
     

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