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Mac OS X Leopard: The Missing Manual by David Pogue

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The Basic Installation

The installation process takes about 45 minutes, but for the sake of your own psyche, you'll probably want to set aside a whole afternoon. Once the installation is overkl;, you'll want to play around, organize your files, and learn the lay of the land.

Phase 1: The Installer

Here's how you install Leopard onto a drive that doesn't have a version of Mac OS X on it already:

  1. Insert the Mac OS X DVD. Double-click the Install Mac OS X icon in the disc's main window (Figure A-1). When the Restart button appears, click it.

    The Mac starts up from the disc and takes you directly to the first Installer screen.

    Your installation adventure is about to begin. The very first step, though, is restarting the Mac, which the installer invites you to do.

    Figure A-1. Your installation adventure is about to begin. The very first step, though, is restarting the Mac, which the installer invites you to do.

    The installer soon falls into a pattern: Read the instructions, make a couple of choices, and click Continue to advance to the next screen. As you go, the list on the left side of the screen reveals where you are in the overall procedure.

    Tip

    You can back out of the installation at any time before step 5, just by choosing Installer→Quit Installer. When the Restart button appears, click it. Then eject the Mac OS X disc, either by holding down the mouse button while the computer restarts or, if you have a tray-loading CD drive, by pushing its Eject button during the moment of darkness during the restart.

  2. Work your way through ...

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