Cannot reinstall OS X

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by insigniades, Sep 26, 2011.

  1. insigniades macrumors newbie

    Sep 26, 2011
    I have a mac mini (mid 2010 model) - I stupidly erased the hard drive to hand the mac over to a friend. Now we are unable to reinstall it from a retail disc it just seems to hang - I tried running it from OSX 10.6 from a thumb drive n I got the "You need to restart your computer" message.

    Anybody had to do this in the past or have you any suggestions to try and get this working again?
  2. Adamantoise macrumors 6502a

    Aug 1, 2011
    I haven't run into this issue before but I would call tech support if you haven't done so already.
  3. And1ss macrumors 6502a


    Oct 20, 2009
    Wow, this issue is appearing more frequently.

    OP, you are trying to use a version of SL from the retail disk that isn't supported by your mac mini's current machine (different kernal versions). You need to use the gray/recovery disks that came with your mm, not a retail disk.

    If you don't have those disks, you either install Lion or acquire a SL version of at least 10.6.3.
  4. philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
    the 10.6 is too old you need a 10.6.4 disc.

    do you have another mac in your house?

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