Use Original Install CD's from Macbook on a different Mac?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by endlightend, Nov 7, 2013.

  1. endlightend macrumors member

    Nov 5, 2013
    Hey all,
    I just updated my Macbook 2,1 to Snow Leopard from Tiger through a retail DVD from the Apple store. I'm not planning to use my original retail install CD's and I have an ebay user (who apparently isn't very google savvy) that is asking me if will he be able to update his PowerBook G4 to OS X 10.4 using these CD's. From a quick look online I know that his PowerBook is compatible with 10.4. The question is, will my install CD's work for him? Are they bound only to the original Mac that they shipped with or will they be useable for upgrades on different Mac's? Thanks!
  2. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    the grey install disks work only on the model they ship with. They will not install on a different machine.
  3. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    Tiger discs are also not universal. Those discs only contain Tiger for Intell Macs and would be unusable on a PowerPC based Powerbook.
  4. endlightend thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 5, 2013

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