Lost OS X 10.6 DVD, any difference if I obtain it from a public source?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by cathyy, Apr 26, 2011.

  1. cathyy macrumors 6502a

    Apr 12, 2008
    Okay umm, I wish to do a clean SL reinstall. However I'm studying overseas and my SL disc is half the world away. Would there really be any difference if I obtained a copy of SL from a public source and used it instead?

    I know some of you might be skeptical of helping me because I sound like a pirate, but I do have an email from Apple as proof of my original SL purchase. :(
  2. Jolly Giant macrumors 6502a

    Jolly Giant

    Sep 15, 2010
    Hamburg, Germany
    as long as it's not a gray install DVD, which are machine specific, you should be fine.
  3. mulo macrumors 68020


    Aug 22, 2010
    Behind you
    if your machine shipped with SL you must use a disk that came from an identical machine, otherwise the disc won't hold the drivers necessary.
  4. cathyy, Apr 26, 2011
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2011

    cathyy thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Apr 12, 2008
    Mine shipped with Leopard and I used a SL upgrade DVD. Technically you're only allowed to 'upgrade' it, however it is possible to do a clean install, and I've done it before.

    I'm obtaining a 10A432 build at the moment from the net.
    Edit: Just checked and yup my current build is 10A432
  5. damson34 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2002
    Houston, TX
    True for restore discs only. Retail Discs can be installed on any machine that was released prior to the build on the disc.

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