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Imac problem starting up

I have a new imac 10.5 leopard,i just bought one from somebody who gave up on it. i think it is 10.4.5 tiger. ithink because i try to boot with my newe one and the software will not work get pop up saying "this software can not be installed in this computer" or i get a flashing folder with a question mark. can you help? i was disconnected from
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    Don Wilson Aug 18, 2012

    First if this is the first time you have worked or attempted to work on a Mac, Stop and get a book called "Mac's for Dummy's" Everything you learned on a PC will not be helpfull on a Mac. Point one, each Mac comes with a OS disk and if you dont have it your in trouble from the git. You will have to find it or by a retail version of it to even start to repair it. And in case you dont know Macs were made to be replaced by a newer model. In order to keep up with the new software you will have to add more memory which the G4 won't be able to handle. But anyway, get the book and read and in no time you will enjoy the best computer made. You must understand that the G4 is old and has limits that you will hit real soon. I suggest getting a G5 IMac all in one . They cost $1199 at fry's right now and you won't outgrow that one for some time because of the intell inside. You will understand once you read the Mac book for dummy's, I am honestly giving you the best advice because i have a G3 and G4 in the closet because they just don't run fast enough. Good luck.

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Reinstall Mac Os X, this should fix the problem.

Do a backup of all your files before reinstalling the OS.

If you do not know how to reinstall Mac OS get it safely done at any Mac shop, it is not an expensive operation.

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