MacBook re-install with one generation old macbook disks

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  1. rovitotv macrumors member

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    Greetings,
    I have two Macbooks 7,1 and 6,1. Due to circumstances outside of my control I don't have the original Macbook 7,1 disks but was hoping to do a re-install with the 6,1 disks. Is this possible? When I try I get this exact message, http://support.apple.com/kb/TS3742 which seems to be a kernel panic. Any ideas?

    Can I somehow load Windows on this computer without OSX? That would solve my crises until I can replace the 7,1 disks. Thanks.
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    The grey install disks that come with Macs are model-specific and will not work on other models. You can order replacement disks from Apple, or buy a retail copy of Snow Leopard.
     
  3. Detrius, Jul 1, 2011
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    Detrius macrumors 68000

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    What you can do is boot the new machine into Target Disk mode, connect it to the old machine, install from the old machine, boot to this newly installed OS on the old machine, and then run Software Update to get you up to 10.6.8. This is your workaround, since the disks don't have drivers for your newer machine. You get the drivers by installing 10.6.8.

    A retail copy of Snow Leopard is only 10.6.3, but the Mid 2010 MacBook came with a modified version of 10.6.3, so the retail copy will still fail to boot the machine.
     
  4. rovitotv thread starter macrumors member

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    Target Disk Mode is not supported by white Macbooks with no firewire ports

    I *think* target disk mode is not supported by white Macbooks without firewire ports? Maybe I am missing something....
     
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    That won't work.
     
  6. robgendreau macrumors 68030

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    Hmm.

    Could you pull the hard drive, enclose it, and proceed as if connected in Target Disk Mode?

    Rob
     
  7. Detrius macrumors 68000

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    Crap... that's right. I forgot Apple actually made machines that don't support this. Even the old 68k PowerBooks supported target disk mode over SCSI. Therefore, the options are either to get the replacement discs from Apple or remove the hard drive.
     
  8. rovitotv thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the ideas!!!! I am going to look at how to get replacement disks and if that does not work I will consider doing a hard disk swap.
     

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