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Restore CD My cousin recently gave me his PowerBook G4 but he had lost the restore CDs somewhere. I found this set online can I use them for my PowerBook G4: http://www.ifixit.com/PowerBook-Parts/G4-Aluminum-15-Inch-1-5-1-67-LR-GHz-Restore-DVDs/IF154-061 Specs for my powerbook: 15' PowerBook G4 aluminum 1.67 ghz OSX 10.3.9 I read somewhere that mac laptops only take restores disk that came with it originally is this true?

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    restore to factory setting

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You don't need a "restore" cd.

You can just use any copy of Tiger.

Borrow one!

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