Which MacMini with Panther or Tiger??

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by UltraNEO*, Jan 3, 2009.

  1. UltraNEO* macrumors 601


    Jun 16, 2007
    Hiya folks, I don't nowt about the MacMini so I'm asking you folks for a little help... Maybe someone can tell me which version of the MacMini is able to run either Panther OS and which does Tiger.

    I'm thinking of buying either a used or new MacMini for one purpose. I need to set up a local test webserver, I don't wanna do it on my main system cause there's a chance it'll make the OS unstable for general uses.

  2. TrapOx macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2008
    Only the first generation Mini 1.25/1.42 G4 minis can run 10.3.7 and all can run Leopard.
  3. falterego macrumors 6502


    Dec 28, 2008
    Southern California
    I have a first gen Mini with the 1.25 GHz G4 processor. It came with Tiger, and the newer Mini's obviously are coming with Leopard. I would imagine they should all be able to run Panther if that is what you need to use.
  4. iBookG4user macrumors 604


    Jun 27, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    Rev A Mac Mini originally came with Panther (1.25GHz and 1.42GHz)
    Rev B Mac Mini originally came with Tiger (1.33GHz and 1.5GHz)
  5. stukdog macrumors 6502

    Oct 20, 2004
    Even the current gen can run Tiger. Customers have us clone the Tiger OS on all the time for apps that don't run well on Leopard.
  6. ADent macrumors 6502a

    Sep 9, 2007
    I have two intel minis (1.8 and 2.0) of the latest version and the first shipped with Tiger and I got the Leopard upgrade disks. The later came with Leopard installed, but I had to install Tiger to work around an NFS bug and it worked fine.

    Everymac says the 1.25 and 1.42 GHz G4 minis originally shipped with 10.3. My dead 1.42 GHz mini shipped with 10.4 - never tried to install 10.3.

    The later silent upgrade 1.5GHz mini's shipped with 10.4. Don't know if 10.3 is installable, but I would not count on it.
  7. UltraNEO* thread starter macrumors 601


    Jun 16, 2007
    Thanks for all your help. Just about to pick up a soon to be replaced Mac Mini.
    ...I know i should wait but for a project that pays, baahh.. it'll be fine.

    *fingers crossed*
  8. soLoredd macrumors 6502a

    Mar 12, 2007
    I have a Rev A 1.25 Mini and it came with 10.3 install disks but the person I bought it from upgraded it to 10.4.11 prior to selling. It would be nice to be able to erase and start from scratch using 10.4 but I am unable to find any *decent* priced Tiger upgrade DVDs. They're all much more expensive than they should be and its usually a server edition.

    I guess my next question would be - can iTunes 8 run under Panther? I only use the Mini for iTunes server.
  9. MrZebra macrumors regular

    Sep 7, 2008
    No it can't.
  10. nick9191 macrumors 68040

    Feb 17, 2008
    Yes, because a couple of HTML requests will bog down an 8 core Mac Pro :p

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