Unable To Do Clean Install

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by rgs3, Apr 20, 2011.

  1. macrumors member

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    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?
     
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    Hellhammer

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    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
     
  3. thread starter macrumors member

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    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.
     
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    Psilocybin

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    10.6.5 from what I can tell
     
  5. macrumors 68030

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    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.
     
  6. thread starter macrumors member

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

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    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.
     
  8. macrumors 68030

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    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.
     
  9. thread starter macrumors member

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    Who says it was thrown away, Bud?
     
  10. thread starter macrumors member

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    Now heres an idea...
     
  11. thread starter macrumors member

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    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.
     

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