I decided I needed to buy a G4 Mac Mini simply because of the quiet factor, so I somewhat impulsively went to eBay and snatched up one that looked good--1.42Ghz G4, superdrive. Well, after winning it and contacting the seller I discover a couple of annoying factors which didn't make the purchase quite a happy one, so I went back to eBay and snatched up another G4 Mini (which turned out to be a much better deal), figuring that after rummaging between the two shipments and putting together the setup I want, that I would then go and sell the Mini setup that was leftover. The second auction Mini was, unbeknownst to the seller, not a 1.42Ghz model like it said on its box, but actually one of the late "1.42 G4" labeled lucky surprise 1.5Ghz G4 models--in many ways a much better machine than the 1.42Ghz model.
Well, not hard to guess which model I decided to keep and which I'm going to sell?
The first auction, the 1.42 model, came with OS 10.3.7 install disks. The 1.5Ghz model came with OS 10.4.2 install disks. I thought I'd try installing the OS 10.4.2 onto the 1.42Ghz model using the 1.5Ghz's install disks. And what happens? Ye Olde "This software cannot be installed on this computer."
Now please, someone tell me. Why in the world can't the 10.4.2 install disk work on the 1.42Ghz G4 Mac Mini? What possible factors could keep that from happening? It seems completely ridiculous. Thanks in advance.