Mac OS version conflict


I have a client's Power Mac G5, but don't have the recovery CD's. I tried to install Mac OS 10.3 on it, but it gave me a blank screen with a symbol in the middle and wouldn't go any further. What does it mean? Is it not possible to install another version?

Who is Participating?
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

Generally speaking, you can't install an OS on a Mac that is older than the OS that it shipped with. For instance, if the G5 shipped with OS 10.4, you cannot install 10.3 on it.

Also, if the install CD you are using was an OEM disk which came with another Mac, it won't work any other Mac except one of the exact same model. (If the CD you are using is a full commercial install CD, then it will work with any Mac that supports that particular version of the OS.)

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
PriyasuttyAuthor Commented:
Thank You very much for your very prompt reply.

It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Mac OS X

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.

Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.