I'm eyeing an unopened set of 2 tiger install DVDs on eBay. When they were originally shipped, did 10.4 DVDs support both Intel and PPC on the same disk?


According to Wikipedia, only Tiger Server included a universal DVD: (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OS_X#Version_10.4:_.22Tiger.22):

Mac OS X v10.4 "Tiger" was released on April 29, 2005. (...) On January 10, 2006, Apple released the first Intel-based Macs along with the 10.4.4 update to Tiger. (...) Only PowerPC Macs can be booted from retail copies of the Tiger client DVD, but there is a Universal DVD of Tiger Server 10.4.7 (8K1079) that can boot both PowerPC and Intel Macs.

I happen to have a retail Mac OS X Tiger DVD (part# 2Z691-5305-A) and my MacBook Pro didn't boot from it, which seems to confirm the information above.

That said, Apple may have released other Tiger DVDs. The short URL provided by the OP's in the comment below points to an auction of a purported free upgrade for Intel-based iMac owners with P/N 1001123:

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I found here a very similar, if not the same, product:

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I'm pretty sure this DVD won't boot from a PowerPC computer, nor will include drivers for any hardware other than the Intel-based iMacs it was intended for. Also notice that the auction is an upgrade, that means, you need Panther installed on your Mac.

  • I wanted to install on a Power PC Mac, so I believe I'll be okay. However, if that is the case, could you explain to me what the heck bit.ly/Y2QOH8 is?
    – Eric
    Feb 3 '13 at 13:34
  • Could it be a copy of Mac OS X that was delivered as an upgrade for Intel-based iMac owners (and thus Intel-compatible)? I found something related here: welovemacs.com/2z6915859a.html. If that's the case beware, the DVD sold on eBay won't boot from a PowerPC computer, nor will include drivers for any hardware other than the iMac!
    – jaume
    Feb 3 '13 at 13:51

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