Need Confirmation RE: Fresh Install on wiped Macbook.

PeckyUK

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Oct 28, 2009
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Hey,

Was just wondering if someone could clear something up for me?

I have a macbook that i have replaced the logic board and HD in. I however do not have the original install disks for this model (Macbook core 2 duo 2.2GHz) which I believe is leopard 10.5.

I have gotten a hold of Snow Leopard Install disks for Macbook but once it comes to install it I am told that 'this software cannot be installed on this machine.' I understand this is because you need the original install disks.

What I wanted to confirm was that if I had a retail version of Leopard (one bought off the shelf brand new) or a retail leopard with family-pack (useable on several Macs) would this provide the correct install? Or do I just need the original macbook install disks?

Thanks
 

PeckyUK

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Oct 28, 2009
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Retail version of Leopard works fine. However, a retail version of Snow Leopard should suffice. You don't need Leopard to put in Snow Leopard.
How come the macbook install disk with Snow Leopard wouldn't work then? :confused:
 

PeckyUK

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Oct 28, 2009
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Have you formatted the HDD? Remember, OS X does not install in FAT32 or NTFS.
Thats a good point. is there an easy way to go about formatting it if its already in the machine. the MB currently has no OS in it, only the flashing folder icon.
 

jav6454

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Thats a good point. is there an easy way to go about formatting it if its already in the machine. the MB currently has no OS in it, only the flashing folder icon.
Insert Snow Leo DVD and use the menu to reformat the drive. That's as close as an advice I can give. The actual process may be different.
 

PeckyUK

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Oct 28, 2009
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ok so using the SL dvd again it says the same 'Mac OS X can't be installed on this computer.'

all the menu options are greyed out and cannot be selected. :confused:
 

PeckyUK

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Oct 28, 2009
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There must be an option to access Disk Utility. With that you can format your drive.
There is, however it is greyed out and will not let me click it.

Nevermind, I have formatted the HD using Target disk mode and currently using the same mode to try and install. Fingers crossed! :)
 

smg77

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Sep 16, 2009
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How come the macbook install disk with Snow Leopard wouldn't work then? :confused:
I think the install disks that are shipped with new macbooks are specific to the particular model they were shipped with. Get a retail Snow Leopard disk and I bet it will install just fine.
 

cjmillsnun

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I think the install disks that are shipped with new macbooks are specific to the particular model they were shipped with. Get a retail Snow Leopard disk and I bet it will install just fine.
Spot on... the OP said he was using a restore SL disk, not a retail.
 
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