Installing snowleopard on an 11 inch Air - Newb help!

Discussion in 'macOS' started by jesso, Jul 10, 2012.

  1. jesso macrumors member

    Apr 13, 2010
    Hi all,

    Bit of a newbe question here I suspect.
    Just picked up an 11 inch air 2nd hand.
    It's a couple of years old, and comes with leopard, 2 gigs of ram, and a 128 SSD.
    Lovely little machine.
    I'm trying to install snowleopard.
    I have a bootable disk image of snow leopard on an external usb hard drive.
    I've been able to use this before to do fresh installs/ upgrades on other computers.
    Things aren't going so smoothly this time however.
    Holding down "c" during boot won't bring me to disk utility, so I've tried to install snow leopard from within leopard, by clicking on the CD image and following instructions.
    The install seems to start fine, then after about 20%, the laptop restarts, and I get the message:
    " You need to restart your computer etc etc "

    I've been able to run snow leopard on this machine from an external Carbon Copy drive, so I know it's happy enough to run snow leopard.
    I've been able to use this particular copy of snow leopard before on other machines.
    Any ideas what I'm doing wrong?
    I reset the pram to see if it was that.
    The machine runs great in leopard, but there are some apps that I would like to download from the app store, that's the only reason I'd like snowleopard.

    Thanks for reading,
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    No 11" Macbook Air ever shipped with Leopard...
  3. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    Try holding down the OPTION key whilst booting with your USB image in the drive.
  4. jesso thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 13, 2010
    Ok..... it's 10.6.4, I thought that was leopard?
    I just did a fresh install from the usb disk that came with it.
    So it is snow leopard! I just spent half an hour working on a problem that didn't exist. Wow I feel stupid.
    I just assumed it was leopard cos I couldn't see the app store anywhere. Maybe a software update will fix that though?
  5. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    Yep, 10.6.6 introduced the Mac App Store. Just run Software Update and you'll be good to go!

  6. jesso thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 13, 2010
    That's great news, thanks a million.

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