MacBook unibody 13" problem installing Os

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  1. acriverson macrumors newbie

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    My Mac have its hd broken and I buy a brand new hd and when I try to install the OS Mac X 10.6.3 it gave me this error Mac OS X can't be installed on this computer.

    I appreciate any help thanks
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    I guess you have a Retail DVD for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard? If so, the computer you want to use it on, has to be released in 2009 and earlier (2008, 2007 and 2006), since that installer of 10.6.3 does not include drivers for 2010 and 2011 and 2012 and 2013 Mac hardware.

    If all is aligning, have you formatted the new HDD yet?

     
  3. acriverson thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I did what you explain me but still got the same message
     
  4. simsaladimbamba

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    Then can you tell us what exact MBP model you have and when it first purchased (ignoring any second hand sales)?
     
  5. acriverson thread starter macrumors newbie

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  6. DmbShn41 macrumors 6502

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    Can you be more specific? The A1278 model Macbook covered many years and generations of MacBooks. Do you know the model identifier? Is it a Macbook 5,1? Something like that will help us narrow it down to what specific model you have, and that may relate to whether or not you can use the retail DVD that you have.

    Thanks~
     
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  8. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    That MacBook never came with 10.6.3, of course.
    The commercial 10.6.3 DVD should install without any problems.
    However, the error that you get may mean that you have a 10.6.3 DVD that shipped with another Mac, such as a 2010 MacBook, or a 2010 iMac. Those came with installer DVDs that were special builds of 10.6.3, different from the commercial install, because of new hardware in those 2010 Macs.
    Is there any possibility that the DVD that YOU have, really came with one of those 2010 Macs?
    Where did you get that DVD?
    A new DVD for 10.6.3 is only $20, direct from Apple.
    http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC573Z/A/mac-os-x-106-snow-leopard
     
  9. DmbShn41 macrumors 6502

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    If your CD/DVD is grey with a thin white ring, then that's a machine specific install disk. The retail version of Snow Leopard is white with a Leopard on the DVD. That should install no problems.
     

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