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A. Installing Mac OS X 10.4 > Getting Ready to Install

Getting Ready to Install

For starters, you need to make sure that you and your Mac have what it takes to handle Mac OS X—specifically:

  • A Macintosh that came with a G3, G4, or G5 processor. In other words, a Power Mac G3 (but not the old beige ones), Power Mac G4, or Power Mac G5; an iMac or eMac; a PowerBook G3 (the final model, the one with a FireWire jack) or PowerBook G4; or an iBook. (According to Apple, Macs with G3 or G4 upgrade cards don’t qualify. Neither do original fruit-colored iMacs with CD trays that slide open.) You can bend the rules a little, however; see the box on the next page.

    Note

    Actually, G-whatever chips aren’t the only acceptable ones. Tiger also runs on the 2006-and-later Macs that contain Intel processors!

  • Plenty of free hard disk space. You need 2 to 5 GB free to install the full Mac OS X 10.4—more if you install the Developer Tools, less if you decline to install all the optional languages and printer drivers (more on this in a moment).


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