15-inch macbook pro os x dvd not compatible with 15-inch macbook pro?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by xxcharliexxx, Feb 16, 2009.

  1. xxcharliexxx macrumors newbie

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    Hi everyone, this is my first post and I am freshly baked Mac user :p

    I just bought a macbook pro 2.4 of my friend -Machine ID MacBookPro4,1
    Model Number A1260. I wanted to have a clean opearting system so I bought OS X on eBay (two grey dvd's) ... and I am unable to install it...

    At the moment OS X is 10.5.5 (leopard?). I read that you need os compatible with the machine so I bought the same dvd dedicated to 15-inch macbook pro, mac os x 10.5.5. DVD number is ep10182008 2z607-3234-a mutilingual macbook pro media

    I thought it shoud work as it match the actual operating system (10.5.5) but after language selection screen I have error: mac os x cannot be installed on this computer

    How to check wich dvd OS X will be compatible with my macbook pro?

    I can't get the one that comes with the computer as the person I bought that macbook from is abroad atm.

    Thank you for your help
     
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    The gray restore discs are specific to the hardware revision, not the OS version. You have a MBP 4,1 - so you'd need OS X Install discs for a MBP 4,1
     
  3. xxcharliexxx thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you, but how I can check which os disc will suit my macbook ? Do I need a specyfic code for my model ?
     
  4. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    There really is no way, that I know of.

    You just have to find an ebay listing that specifies your model.
     
  5. Ashka macrumors 6502a

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    1. Get the Mac's discs from your friend, Macs should never be sold without their original install disks.
    2. Contact Apple for a copy of the install discs that belong to your Mac.
     
  6. xxcharliexxx thread starter macrumors newbie

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  7. pwn247 macrumors 6502

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    I've never had experience with "retail" editions of OS X (I just use the restore discs).

    Your best bet is to simply phone Apple (they're very helpful) and ask to have the 15-inch MBP (+ model number) discs shipped out to you. Not sure if they'll charge you or not, but this is the fastest, and sure-fire way to bring the computer back to factory settings. :)
     
  8. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    That will work, but see below.

    Do this, they charge about USD $35 to cover the physical discs and shipping.
     

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