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Archived - Using Restore discs with computers that ship with Mac OS X 10.3.4 through 10.3.7

Computers that come with Mac OS X 10.3.4 through 10.3.7, including Power Mac G5, iBook, and iMac G5 computers that come with 10.3.7—also include three software restore discs, named Install Disc 1, Install Disc 2, and Additional Software and Apple Hardware Test.

Note: This document applies to Mac OS X 10.3.4 through 10.3.7. If your computer came with Mac OS X 10.3.3 or earlier, see this document instead.

If you ever need to reinstall some of the cool software that came with your Mac, such as Mac OS X, Safari, iChat, Classic Support, iMovie, iTunes, Xcode Tools, and other applications, here are some different ways to do just that, using the restore discs (click a topic below to jump to that tutorial, or scroll down to view all the instructions).

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Restore Mac OS X and all bundled applications without erasing the Mac OS X volume

  1. Back up your essential files. This is a wise precaution even though you won't be erasing the volume.
  2. Insert the Mac OS X Install Disc 1 that came with your computer.
  3. Double-click "Install Mac OS X and Bundled Software."
  4. Follow the onscreen instructions to reinstall all software. Tip: If you don't want to install certain applications, see "Reinstall some (but not all) bundled applications without erasing the Mac OS X volume" below.
  5. When finished, your computer will restart and ask you to insert Mac OS X Install Disc 2. Insert the disc and follow the instructions to finish the installation.

Erase the Mac OS X volume, then restore Mac OS X and all bundled software

  1. Back up your essential files.
  2. Insert the Mac OS X Install Disc 1 that came with your computer.
  3. Double-click "Install Mac OS X and Bundled Software."
  4. Follow the onscreen instructions until you get to the destination pane.
  5. At the "Select a destination" pane, click Options, and then click "Erase and Install." Important: The "Erase and Install" option erases your destination volume (it deletes everything that's on it, including files on the desktop), so be sure that you've backed up your stuff before committing to this choice.

Reinstall some (but not all) bundled applications without erasing the Mac OS X volume

Follow these steps to install or reinstall certain applications, such as iCal, iMovie, iTunes, and iPhoto—Mac OS X must already be installed to do this.Tip: Reinstalling AppleWorks on an iMac G5? Check out "How to reinstall AppleWorks on an iMac G5" instead.

  1. Back up your essential files. This is a wise precaution even though you won't be erasing the volume.
  2. Insert the Mac OS X Install Disc 1 that came with your computer.
  3. Double-click "Install Bundled Software Only."
  4. Follow the onscreen instructions as follows:
    • Select the destination.
    • Click Continue.
    • Click Upgrade to install all the applications or click Customize to select which packages to install.



      If you click Customize, you'll see a list of applications that you can select to install, or deselect to not install, like this:

  5. Continue following the onscreen instructions to complete the install. Depending on what software you chose to install, your computer may restart and ask you to insert Mac OS X Install Disc 2. If it does, insert the disc and follow the instructions to finish the installation.

Note: If the application you want to restore is not listed, you may need to manually locate the package on the install disc.

  1. From the Finder, choose the Go menu.
  2. Select Go to Folder from the pop-up menu.
  3. Type the following address in the dialog box:
    /Mac OS X Install Disc 1/System/Installation/Packages/
  4. Click the Go button.
  5. Double click the package for the item you want to install.

Install Classic Support or other applications that aren't on Install Disc 1
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If you can't part with your Classic applications (those that were designed to work with Mac OS 9 and earlier), you need to install Classic Support before you can use them. Here's how to install Classic Support or applications that aren't on Install Disc 1.

Tip: Don't want to use Classic? You can avoid it by using Mac OS X versions of your applications instead, if they exist (check with the software manufacturer).

  1. Back up your essential files. This is a wise precaution even though you won't be erasing the volume.
  2. Grab your "Additional Software & Apple Hardware Test" disc and insert it into the computer.
  3. Double-click "Install Additional Software."

  4. Follow the onscreen instructions.
  5. After selecting the destination disk for installation, continue following the onscreen instructions for a basic installation or click Customize to choose specific applications to install.

Tip: The "Additional Software & Apple Hardware Test" disc also contains the Apple Hardware Test (AHT) application. Learn more about AHT by reading the Apple Hardware Test Read Me that's on that disc.
 

Install Xcode Tools

  1. Insert the Mac OS X Install Disc 1.
  2. Double-click "Xcode Tools."
  3. Double-click "Developer.mpkg."
  4. Follow the onscreen instructions to install the software package.

Stop an installation before it starts

If you're in the process of starting an installation but want to quit the Installer application before the actual installation starts, do this:

Note: If you already clicked Upgrade or Install, just wait for the installation to finish. Do not attempt to stop the installation process. It shouldn't take long—besides, you could use this time to read a magazine, take a bath, or call someone you love.

  1. From the Installer menu, choose Quit.
  2. Click Restart in the dialog window that appears.
  3. As your Mac starts up, press the mouse or trackpad button until the disc ejects. Alternatively, you may be able to eject the disc by pressing the optical drive's eject button (if it has one) or the keyboard's Media Eject key during startup.

Your computer should start up from your normal startup disk if Mac OS X is installed on it.

What's on each disc?

  • Disc 1 (Install Disc 1—a DVD) contains Mac OS X and most bundled applications.
  • Disc 2 (Install Disc 2—a DVD) contains GarageBand, iDVD, and supporting files.
  • Disc 3 (the "Additional Software & Apple Hardware Test" CD) contains Apple Hardware Test and Classic Support.
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