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rgs3
Apr 20, 2011, 09:16 AM
I have a Macbook Air 11 Ultimate and I was having issues with 10.6.7 (playing Portal/Netflix) hoping that downgrading to 10.6.6 will help. So I want to reinstall SL and get back to 10.6.6, but trying to do a reinstall with my SL dvd is not working. I get to boot off the DVD with the option key, and it allows me to select the dvd to install, but right after that I get a box saying I have to reboot (in multiple languages).
I get this same result from a SL USB drive or a SL DVD. I lost my USB thumb drive that came with the macbook.
Any suggestions?



Hellhammer
Apr 20, 2011, 09:20 AM
The SL disc you have may not have the version of OS X needed for your MBA. MBA shipped after SL was released this e.g. 10.6.0 may not work. Call Apple and ask them to send you a replacement installation media, it shouldn't cost more than 20$ or so.

Also, http://guides.macrumors.com/Mac_doesn't_boot

rgs3
Apr 20, 2011, 09:36 AM
The SL disc you have may not have the version of OS X needed for your MBA. MBA shipped after SL was released this e.g. 10.6.0 may not work. Call Apple and ask them to send you a replacement installation media, it shouldn't cost more than 20$ or so.

Also, http://guides.macrumors.com/Mac_doesn't_boot

Can anyone confirm what disk or version of SL I need to do a clean install? This shouldnt be this hard to find out, I cant be the only one wanting to do a clean install of OS X without the USB thingy.

Psilocybin
Apr 20, 2011, 09:39 AM
can anyone confirm what disk or version of sl i need to do a clean install? This shouldnt be this hard to find out, i cant be the only one wanting to do a clean install of os x without the usb thingy.

10.6.5 from what I can tell

blevins321
Apr 20, 2011, 09:53 AM
10.6.5 from what I can tell

Custom 10.6.5 made specifically for that model line. As far as I know, there are only 10.6.0 and 10.6.3 retail Snow Leopard disks.

rgs3
Apr 20, 2011, 09:55 AM
Custom 10.6.5 made specifically for that model line. As far as I know, there are only 10.6.0 and 10.6.3 retail Snow Leopard disks.

BLAAAAA!!!
So I cant do it with a DVD at all? WTH? Seems very inconvenient to need the special USB install media.

Hellhammer
Apr 20, 2011, 10:00 AM
BLAAAAA!!!
So I cant do it with a DVD at all? WTH? Seems very inconvenient to need the special USB install media.

That is the case with ALL Macs that ship with newer version of OS X, not just MBAs. The install media is included so you can use it and sometimes it's the only media you can use. Apple didn't include it so you can just throw it away.

blevins321
Apr 20, 2011, 10:02 AM
BLAAAAA!!!
So I cant do it with a DVD at all? WTH? Seems very inconvenient to need the special USB install media.

This is just a thought, but maybe you could take one of your own flash drives into an Apple Store? They might be willing to clone one of the USB drives for you, or maybe even replace it for a small fee.

rgs3
Apr 20, 2011, 10:04 AM
Apple didn't include it so you can just throw it away.

Who says it was thrown away, Bud?

rgs3
Apr 20, 2011, 10:05 AM
This is just a thought, but maybe you could take one of your own flash drives into an Apple Store? They might be willing to clone one of the USB drives for you, or maybe even replace it for a small fee.
Now heres an idea...

rgs3
Apr 20, 2011, 01:19 PM
This is just a thought, but maybe you could take one of your own flash drives into an Apple Store? They might be willing to clone one of the USB drives for you, or maybe even replace it for a small fee.

They did one better! Not only did they just do the reinstall right there in store to 10.6.6, they gave me a new USB key they had extra lying around. It truly is a different culture. I love Apple.