Macbook Operating System

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  1. ollie2012uk macrumors newbie

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    Hi all,

    I recently bought a 2nd hand mac book. (from 2006 i believe)

    It had a failed hard drive, so i've installed a brand new one.

    What operating system do I need to put on it? I have lion on a USB but it wont reocnise it when I turn the book on.
     
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  3. ollie2012uk thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks,

    Is there 2 versions by any chance? I downloaded SL then mounted it on a USB on my laptop but the mac wont reconise it.

    it will reconise lion but i dont have the 2gb RAM it requires
     
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    You would need the retail version of SL, not one for a specific machine. If it still doesn't work then it would be Leopard.
     
  5. ollie2012uk thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for that, I'll have a search for it now
     
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    SL is not available as a download. Call Apple to order a retail SL install disc for about $20. Don't be foolish enough to pirate software, as you could end up with malware or having your system compromised.
     
  7. ollie2012uk thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks for that,

    I've just put ubuntu on the mac. Will I be ok putting snow leopard over that when I get the disc?
     
  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You can always reformat a drive and install another OS.
     
  9. ollie2012uk thread starter macrumors newbie

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    is that where i'm going wrong and not having any luck with downloaded versions?
     
  10. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Where are you downloading them from?
     
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  12. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Certainly not a wise source for software. There have been countless examples of malware-infected software being offered on such sites. Piracy is definitely not practicing safe computing.
     
  13. balamw Moderator

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    MOD NOTE: This is also not a topic we condone around here.

    Thread closed before it truly crosses the line.

    OP get yourself an official replacement disc or retail Snow Leopard disc from Apple and then start a new thread please.

    B
     
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