Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard (Retail Copy) Not Installing on Macbook!!

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Kappa So Sick, Dec 6, 2008.

  1. Kappa So Sick macrumors newbie

    Dec 6, 2008
    I purchased a newer white Macbook from a friend who just upgraded to the Aluminum unibody Macbook and he didn't have any of the original disks so this is where I your help!

    I just bought Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard retail so that I could format the hard drive and do a fresh install. I have read multiple forums on how to do this, but when I stick in the OS X dvd, it loads into the installer and tells me that it cannot be installed on this Macbook and to refer to the "read me installation instructions." I know that this system meets all of the OS X 10.5 specs (newer white Macbook with 2.2Ghz duo core 2, 1 GB ram, intel graphics card and obviously the hard drive space isn't an issue) so could someone please tell me why I am experiencing problems.

    The Macbook is the Late 2007 model which was introduced in November 2007. It says on Apple's page that the OS X version shipped with the Macbook was 10.5 (not 10.5.2 or anything) and the Retail version of OS X reads V 10.5 so why is it not working if the versions are the same? I bought the retail dvd from Best Buy so I'm afraid all of the versions there are the same (10.5)

    This is the website I am basing this information off of:

    I am new to the Apple community after switching from all Dell's and I'm already frustrated that I am encountering problems with something as simple as installing a retail copy of OS X on a perfectly capable computer. Any suggestions of help would be greatly appreciated!!!

    Thanks in advance :)
  2. Luap macrumors 65816


    Jul 5, 2004
    At a guess (And it is just a guess) The Mac was supplied with a later build of 10.5 originally. So installing an older version (IE 10.5.0) wont be accepted. Thats normal behaviour for Macs usually.
    However, Apple have been supplying the latest retail discs as 10.5.4 for quite a while already. But you have 10.5.0? Which would be old stock, strangely.
    I would see if it is possible to exchange it for a copy of 10.5.4..
    10.5.0 had a lot of installation issues anyway, so it really is worth trying to install the latest 10.5.4 retail disc to avoid many of the known install issues.
  3. Kappa So Sick thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 6, 2008
    Thanks for the reply LUAP! I bought the disk at my local Best Buy because the nearest apple store is a good 45 min drive away. I'm afraid that all of the copies at Best Buy are going to be 10.5.0 because who knows if anybody checks for old stock over there. Will apple exchange my retail copy with the newest build/version even though I bought it at another retailer (Apple approved retailer though) or should I keep it mum and see what apple is willing to do for me?

    Thanks again!
  4. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
  5. sickmacdoc macrumors 68020


    Jun 14, 2008
    New Hampshire
    That probably is the case sadly enough-- and I just wanted to add the note that the 10.5 retail packs that carry the 10.5.4 updated disk have a sticker on the outside that notes that, so if yours had no such sticker it probably is a straight 10.5. AFAIK there were no "inbetween" retail disk released-- just straight from 10.5 to 10.5.4.

    I would not think you would have any difficulty at all exchanging at the Apple store for a 10.5.4 disk given your circumstances, though it is a shame that you have to! :( Certainly worth a phone call to the Apple store to ask first though!
  6. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    If for some reason, Apple gives you trouble about new discs, there do seem to be some unofficial tricks available for doing a slipstreaming -- something that's relatively popular in Windows, especially in the IT world. This means you create a new, modified install DVD that incorporates the latest OS X update (10.5.5, or whatever at the time you do it).

    I've never tried this, FWIW.
  7. ThomasJL macrumors 6502a

    Oct 16, 2008
    Problem: Retail DVD is an earlier version of 10.5.x than that which shipped with your computer.

    Solution: Find someone with a MacBook that's of an earlier generation than yours. Remove his hard drive and insert yours. Install Leopard from your retail DVD. Set up Leopard on his computer. Run Software Update, and restart. Shut down. Remove your hard drive from his computer and install it in yours. It should work.
  8. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    It seems that you have a MacBook that shouldn't have needed MacOS X 10.5 because it shipped with it, so you should never have bought it. There are two problems: 1. I think the right person at Apple support should have shipped you replacement disks for your lost disks a lot cheaper than the $129 that you paid. 2. Apple's retail disks don't work on Macs that shouldn't need them, for example on your Mac that shipped with 10.5.

    I would call an Apple Store or Apple support, explain the situation to them, (important) use your social skills to make them _want_ to help you, and in the best case you should get MacOS X 10.5 installed on your machine and a refund for the 10.5 box that you should never have bought.
  9. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030


    Oct 31, 2007
    Austin, TX
    Wow, so much input but no answer to the OP's question.
    If the problem is that the Macbook has a newer version of OS X than the one you are trying to install, then the answer is really quite simple.
    After booting to the install disc, go to the Utilities menu and select Disk Utility. Reformat the hard drive and then you can quit Disk Utility and the installer will work fine as there will no longer be a more current version of OS X already installed.
    If you don't want to reformat, a Clean Install would work also.
  10. drlunanerd macrumors 68000


    Feb 14, 2004
    Wow, it's not that simple I'm afraid ;)
    The OP needs a later build of 10.5.0 for it to install on their MacBook, that which you'd get with the original restore discs, or else 10.5.1 or later. Formatting the hard disk won't help. Leopard's system checker is blocking the install.
  11. kaiwai macrumors 6502a


    Oct 21, 2007
    The version of Mac OS X which you have is an old CD; send it back and order it off Apple. Apple is already selling 10.5.4 of Mac OS X through their online store. 10.5.4 will support your laptop. From what it sounds like you have a laptop with the x3100 graphics card which requires a newer version.

    Like I said, send it back and order Mac OS X off the Apple website.
  12. tdhurst macrumors 601


    Dec 27, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ

    Can't you just take it into the Genius Bar? I bet they'll help you out, either by swapping DVDs or installing the newest versions for you.
  13. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    It's probably better to order replacement system disk from Apple.

    I would never buy a computer without restore disks.

    You don't have to remove hard drive. You can use Firewire Target Mode to install, and then update.
  14. HLdan macrumors 603


    Aug 22, 2007
    THANK YOU!! I sooo wanted to say that and was hoping somebody (such as you) gave the OP the correct info. I just hate it when people come up with such made up crap when they obviously know nothing about Macs.

    To everyone else, for the record, you can install Tiger on a Leopard machine as long as you do what Darth Titan mentioned. I teach a class on Macs every week.
  15. ltldrummerboy macrumors 68000


    Oct 15, 2007
    Actually, there was a 10.5.1 version. A friend of mine bought a family pack and that's what it was.

    To the OP, have you considered returning the Leopard disc and buying replacement install discs from Apple? According to this ebay guide, they can be had for not too much.
  16. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    But don't forget to mention that generally you cannot install an OS older than the OS that originally began shipping with that HW configuration -- since as Apple updates the GPUs and chipsets, these require a minimum OS configuration to function.

    Though you might be able to slipstream a OS hack.

    In generall you cannot put Tiger on a unibody Mac and expect it to work, since the OS is two chipsets behind, unless you are prepared for more than simply deleting the OS.
  17. drlunanerd macrumors 68000


    Feb 14, 2004
    Perhaps you should be sitting in the class rather than teaching it?
    I'd like to see you demonstrate getting Tiger running perfectly on a new Mac sold in the past year... :rolleyes:
    Sorry if that sounds harsh but please do a little more thinking before trashing everyone else's advice and generally wasting your time and the OP's :(
    Happy holidays! :)
  18. rychencop macrumors 65816


    Aug 17, 2007
  19. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030


    Oct 31, 2007
    Austin, TX
    I believe drlunanerd has already shot my "oh so simple" solution down already. I should have read a bit more carefully. :eek:

    While getting a replacement install DVD from Apple is probably the easiest solution, If the OP has another Mac that can boot from his retail install DVD he can start the new Macbook up in target disk mode. He can then select that as an external hard drive and install the OS that way.

    He will need to keep the Macbook in Target disk mode, then download and apply the 10.5.5 combo update from the other Mac before booting the Macbook however.

    Just a thought.
  20. archurban macrumors 6502a


    Aug 4, 2004
    San Francisco, CA
    that's insane. I have similar situation with my first gen. macbook. somehow safari went wrong, and frozen. then when I restart it suddenly show darwin or something like that mode like dos. unfortunately I just lost original disk. so if I purchase mac os x 10.5 retail version, will it work? it is really sucks why only original disk works with macbook you bought? windows doesn't have that kind of issue.
  21. pdjudd macrumors 601

    Jun 19, 2007
    Plymouth, MN
    Just buy new restore discs. Thats how most OEM's deal with these kind of issues. You should never have to buy a retail disc unless you are actually upgrading to a higher version of the OS - there is no reason to do that considering that you loose access to all of the origional software that is included like iLife.

    Not to mention that restore discs its cheaper and you know it will work.
  22. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    And fulfillment restore disks are a lot cheaper ($40 for the pair) than Leopard Retail ($130).

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