upgrading 3rd party installed Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, to new OS?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by simbonater, Apr 12, 2011.

  1. simbonater macrumors newbie

    Apr 12, 2011
    I was about to try to buy the update Mac OS X version 10.6.3 Snow Leopard to update my current OS(Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger), but i noticed a warning on apple site about a update to tiger os that is installed on my mac mini, stating that i could encounter problem updating if my current software was a 3rd party instillation, i bought my Mac mini G4 Desktop 1.42GHz MODEL M9687LL/B with the OS installed, so if i do not have rights to it. So do I need to buy the latest mac os and just start fresh or does anyone know whither it will work?
  2. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    Snow Leopard is Intel-only. You cannot install it on your PPC-based Mac mini.
  3. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    Your G4 Mac mini will not be able to run Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, as 10.6 was written for Intel Macs, and you have a PPC Mac.
    The highest you can go with your G4 is 10.5.8 (Leopard).
  4. simbonater thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 12, 2011
    thank you!!

    thank you, i am a brand new Mac user, that info was very helpful!
    I am still wondering if i will run into problems upgrading since my current software is 3rd party installed and i do not carry rights to it, will i only be asked for the key from the update i purchase or does it ask for any other product keys?:)

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