Mac OSX cannot be installed on this computer - SSD new osx install

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by nootron, Feb 24, 2012.

  1. nootron macrumors newbie

    Feb 24, 2012
    Problem: When I attempt to install OSX 10.6.4 from DVD or USB, i get to the language screen and then this message pops up:

    "Mac OSX cannot be installed on this computer"

    My laptop and new SSD info:

    I have a MacBook Pro 5,5. I replaced the original HD with an Intel X25-M 160GB SSD.

    What I've tried:

    I boot up, used Disk Utility to erase the disk, create a new single partition (Mac OS Extended Journaled, GUID Partition Table).

    Disk Utility sees the drive just fine. It lists it as a INTEL SSDSA2M160G2GC Media.

    Under First Aid, ive tried Verify Disk and Repair Disk and both come back with no issues, reporting that the drive is fine.

    I've done all this a number of times (4 or so, so far) to no avail. Has anyone been through this and found a solution they could share? It seems the X25 is compatible, it formats and partitions fine, 10.6.4 should install just fine on the macbook as that's what came with the laptop in the first place.

    I've read through as many threads here and other places as I could find.

  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Where did the DVD come from? Was it a grey install disk that came with another Mac? The grey install discs that come with Macs are model-specific and will not work on other models. You can either order replacement discs for your model by calling Apple, or you can buy a retail copy of Snow Leopard.
  3. Acorn macrumors 68020


    Jan 2, 2009
    are they the original oem original disks that came with that particular computer. they have to be if they are oem disks.
  4. jekyoo macrumors 6502

    Sep 11, 2007
    But he said he also tried to install it via usb. This should have worked even if the dvds aren't compatible with his mbp. (assuming that he properly made a bootable sl)
  5. nootron thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 24, 2012
    I guess not. We have 3 or so 13 inch macbook pros at work and I just grabbed one of the 3 black envelopes' disks.

    So I need the exact disks that came with the laptop or else get a new store copy then?

  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    That's correct.
  7. Polo2883 macrumors regular

    Aug 25, 2006
  8. Darby67 macrumors 6502

    Jul 5, 2011
    the corner of Fire and Brimstone
    10.6.4 = Lion? Not sure what a lion recovery disk has to do with this thread.
  9. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    Simple, most people barely skim the first post and then reply.
  10. msgvb macrumors newbie

    May 20, 2012
    ever figure this out?
    I'm upgrading my boss's computer with an OWC SSD, and am getting the same message. 10.6.8 has been running just fine on this machine.

    it also has some OWC memory in it too; wondering whether SL is scanning for Apple hardware and throws up the hand when it sees non-Apple memory?

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