new to mac, just got myself a mac mini!!!

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  1. bulletproof's Avatar

    bulletproof said:

    Default new to mac, just got myself a mac mini!!!

    hi,

    just looking for a bit of advice, wanted to try the apple route as a bit of a change...

    got myself a secondhand mac mini intel duo 2 1.8ghz with all the bits and bobs...

    it got tiger 10.4 pre loaded justr wondering as i have never messed with a mac before, i just wanted to know should i buy leoppord or can i down load it to try of course

    looking for any advise really...

    thanks alot

    BP
     
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    Sanj[UK] said:

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    i bought leopard and it had fuck all verification? so download it
     
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    Greyfox said:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sanj[UK] View Post
    i bought leopard and it had fuck all verification? so download it
    Yup unlike windows os'es apples do not require any verification.
     
  4. bulletproof's Avatar

    bulletproof said:

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    thanks alot fella's kind of suprised to here that, but very pleased...

    thanks alot

    BP
     
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    crashtestmac said:

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    The thing to watch out for is if you get the recovery/re installation disks that you get them for the correct version. iMac disks will not work on a Macbook etc...!!!!
     
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    bulletproof said:

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    hi mate

    thanks alot for the reply, the mac is all new to me...

    i have the original tiger 10,4 restore disk the mac mini came with. i was thinking of taking out the 60gig and leaving the operating system on the harddrive alone.

    then getting a new 320gig harddrive and loading leopard on that as a new internal drive...

    will this work and are there any pitfall i should be aware of??

    thanks alot

    BP
     
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    rebrabuk said:

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    That should work fine..

    Again, unlike PC based operating systems, you don't need to worry about any additional driver support when upgrading your operating system.

    So, get the hard disk fitted, get the operating system software installed and away you go!
     
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    Dopey Dan said:

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    Quote Originally Posted by crashtestmac View Post
    The thing to watch out for is if you get the recovery/re installation disks that you get them for the correct version. iMac disks will not work on a Macbook etc...!!!!
    Just to expand. Any retail version of the OS will work on any mac. However the discs that come with a mac when you buy it will only reinstall to the same type of device.

    Also if you download one, make sure you have some dual layers discs and its about 8Gb and cant be split over more than one disc.
     
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    bulletproof said:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dopey Dan View Post
    Just to expand. Any retail version of the OS will work on any mac. However the discs that come with a mac when you buy it will only reinstall to the same type of device.

    Also if you download one, make sure you have some dual layers discs and its about 8Gb and cant be split over more than one disc.
    hi mate

    what program do i use to burn the iso?? any particular settings needed??

    got some dual layers ready to go??

    thanks alot

    BP
     
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    Scottio200 said:

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    Quote Originally Posted by bulletproof View Post
    hi mate

    what program do i use to burn the iso?? any particular settings needed??
    Just mount the image on mac and use disk utility to burn the image file

    or use toast

    Scottio
     
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    bulletproof said:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scottio200 View Post
    Just mount the image on mac and use disk utility to burn the image file

    or use toast

    Scottio

    hi mate

    i have downloaded the leopard image to my windows pc and its a dmg file. can it be burnt in windows using a dual layer disk then poped into my mac mini and then boot and install from there.

    or do i have to load my tiger 10.4 onto the new harddrive and upgrade from there...

    thanks alot

    BP
     
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    reverend said:

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    Think you're going to have to copy it over to the Mac mate and burn that from there if possible via the Disk Utility tool - anything else and they don't normally boot
     
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    Scottio200 said:

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    Quote Originally Posted by bulletproof View Post
    hi mate

    i have downloaded the leopard image to my windows pc and its a dmg file. can it be burnt in windows using a dual layer disk then poped into my mac mini and then boot and install from there.

    or do i have to load my tiger 10.4 onto the new harddrive and upgrade from there...

    thanks alot

    BP
    You will need to install 10.4 then bang leopard on the a disk using the mac and then install. Id recommend doing either an archive and install or an erase and install when going from tiger to leopard, the upgrade option is not reliable with what it leaves once finished.

    Or what you can do is use a USB SATA caddy and put your 60gb with tiger on in there, boot to that drive by holding alt when starting up and burn the image from there, then do a clean install on your 320gb hdd.

    If you do the clean install of leopard, one thing you will need to do is install the iLife suite (iphoto, imovie, etc) from the tiger install disk 2, or get a copy of iLife 08 and install that.

    Cheers
    Scottio