OS X retail disc not booting up

Discussion in 'macOS' started by mike31mets, Feb 3, 2011.

  1. mike31mets macrumors member

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    For some odd reason my OS X 10.6.3 retail disc is not booting up when I startup my iMac (Mid 2010).

    However the DVD can be read just fine by the computer when the OS is running. More importantly, if I try to use that same disc on another iMac (Mid 2010) to boot up, it works without issues.

    If I try a System Restore disc (which didn't even come with my computer (OS X 10.6.4) the computer boots up the DVD just fine

    So I'm just wondering, what gives? What can I do for my computer to recognize my OS X retail disc when booting up?

    It does show up when I hold OPTION key. But after that there's no action in the DVD drive when selected.
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    How long have you waited? I've found that some retail discs take an inordinately long time to boot from.
     
  3. mike31mets thread starter macrumors member

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    i went outside to get breakfast and all i saw was the gray/white screen with the apple logo but the little loading circle wasn't there. plus like i said, it worked on another machine so at the very least i waited long enough for it to work on another machine (which took about 4-5 minutes to boot)
     
  4. mjsmke macrumors 6502a

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    I've had to wait for about 8 mins before. just leave it booting for a while longer.
     
  5. Duff-Man macrumors 68030

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    Duff-Man says...the 10.6.3 retail dvd likely will *not* boot on the mid-2010 iMac as the build of 10.6.3 is a bit older than the "custom" 10.6.3 build that shipped with the iMac.

    As per http://support.apple.com/kb/TS3479:
    You can read the whole KB article but I think the quoted bits should answer the question....oh yeah!
     
  6. mike31mets thread starter macrumors member

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    Duff-man, you are the man. Oh yea!!!
     
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