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Travis, Mac-Trained Product Designer
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I purchased a G4 without an operating system. Im trying to

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I purchased a G4 without an operating system. I'm trying to install Macosx snow leopard without any success. All I'm getting is a file folder flashing on the screen. Is my hard drive toast?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Mac
Expert:  Travis replied 6 years ago.
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Unfortunately, Snow Leopard requires another Mac OS X already installed on the system. It's not a complete OS, it's only an upgrade. You'll need to *purchase* a retail version of 10.5 Leopard, install that on the mac, then upgrade to Snow Leopard. I can't condone borrowing a copy of Leopard to do the install, but if you have a copy that you've used on another mac, you can install Leopard from this as long as it is a "Retail" copy and not a "Native" copy. A Retail copy was purchased as a stand alone operating system and can be installed on any computer. A Native copy is one that shipped with a computer from Apple. The native copy will only work with the exact model and specs on the machine it was made for.

I'd also suggest you make sure the mac is compatible and capable of running Snow Leopard. It must meet the minimum requirements for processor speed and processor type. Snow Leopard will not run on a PowerPC.

Hope this information helps. Please let me know if you have any further questions.