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Ask Max: What version are my iBook G4 1.2 boot disks?

Asked on 11/02/2006:

I have a used iBook G4 with OSX version 10.3.2. On the computer is a disc version 10.3.3 because I bought a replacement set. The problem is the disc one install does not let me install on restart.. When I restart and press the c key it brings me to a grey screen with an greyer apple in the center. There is never a spinner or directions on how to reinstall. It is a screen with no actions allowed. Is this because the disc set is older than the version already on the computer? Or maybe because the disc is defective? I wanted to reset all passwords on the computer and this is how they tell you to do that.


Finding the right boot discs that originally shipped with your computer can be difficult. Macs need to have specific boot discs and even little differences will cause the problem you are having. PowerMax sells boot discs but we only do it over the phone because we have to get detailed info about your computer in order to find the right version. Another option you may want to consider is buying a full copy of OS 10.4 Tiger ( That will give you a disc to boot up off of to change your passwords and a useful OS upgrade.Hope that solves it.

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