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Reader: GarageBand requires DVD for install

updated 06:35 pm EST, Fri January 16, 2004

GarageBand requires DVD

A MacNN reader discovered that GarageBand (part of iLife '04 released today) cannot be installed without a DVD Drive. After speaking with a few Apple representatives the reader found that not only did the reps not know about the system requirements but had the same problems on their own machines. A closer look at the reveals that having a DVD drive is indeed a requirement to install the popular audio program. Another reader provides a workaround for installing iLife on Mac OS X Server.

The full email detailing the disappointing event is below:


"I just received my copy of iLife '04 and it does not support garage band software without a DVD drive. There is one CD in the box with iTunes, iPhoto, and iMovie... the other disc is a DVD which includes all 5 products. I called Apple tech support and the person i spoke with had no idea that this was the case and said that he himself had a copy of iLife and all the garage band keyboard and software accessories waiting for him at home and that he did not have a DVD drive himself. However after going to the Apple page he noticed a seemingly new requirement that Garage Band installation requires a DVD drive. I then called the Apple store to see about a refund and that person ALSO had no idea about the DVD requirement... to end the story, he did give me $25 off... but this is a warning to anyone who really wanted garage band. (lukily the key product for me was iPhoto... but garage band would have been very nice) - Scott"


[Greg] "Well I got my copy of iLife today...dropped it in my G5 and was not able to install because iLife will not run on OS X Server, according to the error message anyway. Well, I am not sure what else will break, but if you copy the contents of the DVD to your drive and edit the Packages/iLife.pkg/Contents/Resources/InstalCheck and remove:

# If the running Mac OS X Server, error out.
if( -f $SERVER_VERS) {
$IFERR_RESULT = $kIFERR_SERVER_ERROR;
last DO_CHECKS;
}

It will install..."




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