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Installed WinXP, can't install OSX

I bought a used iMac with Win XP, via Boot Camp; I wanted a dual-boot system, for weaning an office worker off Win toward Mac. Partitioned HD in two. Win works, but I can't install OSX 10.4.7 from original discs; I get a message saying "Can't install Mac OS on this drive; OS will not boot from this disc." The disc utilities will erase, partition, verify the disc, but it won't accept the OS. I want a Mac more than I want a friggin' Winbox!

I vaguely remember a procedure to boot from another computer using firewire, but vaguely-remembered is not good enough to make it happen.

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Yes, that's it - I meant Target mode. I'm hoping that I can manipulate the hard drive with Super Duper from my PowerBook via firewire. I received the box and all packing materials with the iMac, so it seems likely that the two gray discs are original OSX10.4.7, but how would I know? I also have a generic 10.4.11 disc, but the iMac wouldn't boot from it.

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You're talking about "Target Mode". Two Mac connected via a firewire cable. The target Mac is booted while holding down the "T" key and its hard drive icon shows up on the other desktop. As to your system not installing, I suspect that the gray install disk you got is not for this machine. Apple will sell you the orginal installation disk for $15. Just call them and give them your serial number and a credit card number.

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Target mode allowed me another view of the hard drive, etc., but did not result in my being able to install OSX. What I've done just now, is re-partition the hard drive as one Mac unit, and it seems to be installing as I write (on another computer). I can do without Windows, though I may try again, once I get the Mac running. What I'm wondering now, is can I upgrade directly from OSX10.4.7 to 10.6?

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