Can't Install Leopard on Macbook

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  1. djinn macrumors 68000

    djinn

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    I purchased a Macbook 3rd generation from a friend and tried installing OS X 10.5 CD I bought for my previous Macbook Pro but get an error saying this Operating system cannot be installed on this Macbook.

    Is there a timeframe of my Leopard CD I bought from Apple that can or cannot be installed on the Macbook?
     
  2. Sky Blue Guest

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    If it's the grey discs, they are only for use on the specific hardware.
     
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    No. You need a retail copy of leopard- you cannot install leopard on a macbook using macbook pro restore discs.
     
  4. michael.lauden macrumors 68020

    michael.lauden

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    yep. trust me there is NO way to get around it except for cloning the drive in you MBP to your newly formatted MacBook.


    (CarbonCopyCloner works nice, but keep in mind this isn't legal)
     
  5. djinn thread starter macrumors 68000

    djinn

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    Sorry, I should've been more specific. The disc I am using is a retail copy of leopard I bought. Its the box that is purple and has the shiny X on it. :)
     
  6. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Hmm, that's a little more puzzling. Leopard retail discs don't have a time limit...
     
  7. djinn thread starter macrumors 68000

    djinn

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    Ok. It didn't make sense that it wouldn't work so I wanted to check with you guys.

    Thanks.
     
  8. Markov macrumors 6502

    Markov

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    Either the disk went bad some how, or you have the incorrect generation in mind. Any Macbook made in Late 2007 will run 10.5, anything after that will only run 10.5.2, 10.5.4 and 10.5.6, (or greater) respectively. Compare the hardware specs to the minimum OS version here:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MacBook

    Scroll down to the diagram.

    Hope this helps! Good luck!
     
  9. Duff-Man macrumors 68030

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    Duff-Man says....Even if it is a retail 10.5 disc you are not licensed to install it if you have already installed on the MBPro *unless* you've bought the family pack....follow the license agreements please....oh yeah!
     
  10. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    You cannot install a version of MacOS X that is older than your Mac.
     

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