Will any Tiger disks do???

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Laroosco, Nov 3, 2009.

  1. Laroosco macrumors member

    May 26, 2009
    Looking to upgrade the OS in my G4 iMac to Tiger. I've been told that I have to be sure that the OS disks are for my particular machine? Any truth to this?(Pardon my ignorance on the subject)
  2. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

    Jaffa Cake

    Aug 1, 2004
    The City of Culture, Englandshire
    The disks that come with a Mac will only work with the same particular model. So, for example, you couldn't use disks from an iMac to upgrade a MacBook.
  3. greg400 macrumors 6502

    Aug 13, 2009
    You were told wrong. Any retail Tiger disk will work fine.
  4. 300D macrumors 65816


    May 2, 2009
    There is the key. If the disc is gray, its a machine-specific installer. If it has a picture, its retail.
  5. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040


    Sep 17, 2009
    the retails are fine to install from

    the grey ones have to be for you specific model and i mean specific as even all imac g4 look the same ,the internals are slighly different so the grey install disc have to be matching to your g4 imac
    to make it clear you cant use a grey disc that came with a 1.25 imac g4 on a 700mhz imac g4 ..it also does not work the other way round with these grey ones as they dont come with all drivers for all processors /graficcards , basically they are lite versions of the osx

    so best bet if you are not absolute sure if the grey ones for sale are for your mac
    get the retail version ok they cost a bit more ,but they work on every mac apart from snow leopard retail which only work on intel macs

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