Damaged System Preference on Snow Leopard

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  1. mikkie98 macrumors newbie

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    Hi!
    I was given an old MacBook Pro ... my FIRST experience with Macs!
    I did not get ANY installation disk or such though :(

    This machine is in FRENCH and I'm trying to switch it to English: Unfortunately, the System Preference for 10.6.8 installation says it is 'broken' or 'damaged'. Which means I can't go change the language!

    I tried re-installing the MacOSXUpdCombo10.6.8 package, but that did not fix it.
    I contacted Apple support via chat, and they said they cannot help since they "are not trained on older systems" ... :(

    HELP!!

    M
     
  2. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

    keysofanxiety

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    What model/year MacBook Pro is it? I'm thinking we can potentially update to a newer OS if there's no fix.
     
  3. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

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    You can upgrade to Lion via the App Store. That should definitely fix it.
     
  4. mikkie98 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Mac OS X Version: 10.6.8 Build 10K549
    MacBook pro 3.1 A1226

    I was able to activate the Wifi on the Mac What do I need to do in the Apple store to 'upgrade to Lion" ? How do I start that process exactly? I can open the app store, but I dunno what to do after that ... :|

    THANKS guys!!
    M
     
  5. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

    keysofanxiety

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    Your Mac supports El Capitan (OS X 10.11). Click this link and it'll automatically open the App Store to download it: https://itunes.apple.com/app/os-x-el-capitan/id1147835434?mt=12

    It's a free download, by the way. :)

    Just a heads up: it'll probably run like a bag of bricks on your machine. Best ensure you update the RAM at a minimum. Your laptop comes with 2GB as stock, but it can support up to 6GB (1x4GB, 1x2GB module). This would be PC2-5300 DDR2 667MHz SODIMM.

    I'd normally recommend swapping out the HDD for an SSD, but it's quite a pig to do on your machine.

    If you want a copy of Lion, you'll need to purchase it. It can be bought here: http://www.apple.com/shop/product/D6106Z/A/os-x-lion#

    From there they'll email you a redemption code that you can use in the App Store.
     
  6. mikkie98 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Sir,

    I followed your instructions, and I was able to update to El Capitan ANd set the Macbook to English!
    I read that you need a firmware upgrade for 6 gigs (here): Is this the case? Or will a 4 gig + 2 gig work directly?

    THANKS!!!
    M
     
  7. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

    keysofanxiety

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    The firmware update auto applies with the OS update. So you can just fit the RAM!
     

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