OSX 10.7.5 to newest...in Afghanistan...way to buy DVD upgrade?

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by Matth3w, Feb 6, 2013.

  1. Matth3w macrumors regular

    Mar 24, 2008
    I paid 20 bucks from the app store. Bear in mind it takes about three days of solid downloading to download 4.37 GB here in Afghanistan with many outages and errors. My download gets to like 4.36 and then gets an error saying "cannot be downloaded". Then it disappears from the list and when I go to download again it doesn't pick up where it left off (unlike a couple of times where the internet went down and it did pick up)...is there way to get it on a DVD or have my wife download it with my pw back home?
  2. trustever macrumors 6502

    Jan 14, 2013
    mate sounds you need a download manager plug in such Downthemall, if the download will stop at some point for any reason with the download manager will resume from that point...
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Neither Lion nor Mountain Lion has ever been offered for sale on DVD.
  4. iPusch macrumors 6502


    May 30, 2012
    Manhattan, New York
    the best solution would be if you can download it right on your mac, don't you have internet cafés in Afgh...?
    btw where is your wife :eek:
  5. bucksaddle macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2008
    Have a think about why he might be in Afghanistan
  6. wlossw macrumors 65816


    May 9, 2012
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  7. iPusch, Feb 7, 2013
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    iPusch macrumors 6502


    May 30, 2012
    Manhattan, New York
  8. ZMacintosh macrumors 65816


    Nov 13, 2008
    Easy solution, though a process for novice users.
    have her download the app at home using your Apple ID and Password

    Once its done, it should show in the dock and you can right click and show in finder, and then right click on the install mt lion icon and click show package contents

    then click Contents > Shared Support

    the InstallESD.dmg file is what she wants.
    from there she can either transfer it via wifi if possible or buy a cheap 8GB Flash Drive and use disk utility to image it.

    Just plug the flash drive into Disk Utility
    Click the Flash Drive in disk utility
    choose partition and select One partition, under options click GUID
    click partition

    then click the restore tab
    and drag the InstallESD.dmg to the second blank text input field and it will make a bootable image for you

    sounds like a process but can be easily taken care of,
  9. entrywounds macrumors newbie

    Aug 26, 2012
    To the OP, PM me your address and I will make you a bootable DVD or thumb drive if I have any extra laying around and mail it to you. I just got back from my 3rd tour and I truly understand the slow download situation over there and how frustrating it really is.
  10. bdodds1985 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 18, 2011
    i had the exact same problem when i was there LOL! sucks... luckily i had lion and was able to buy the thumb drive. as far as ML.... you are SOL buddy. i would get the disc from the poster above me... as well as some kit-kats, real soda, and magazines. paper magazines. not the other kinds they give u that suck....
  11. DJLC macrumors 6502a


    Jul 17, 2005
    Mooresville, NC
    Just throwing this out there for concerns over a less tech-savvy wife...

    Couldn't she just copy the "Install Mac OS X Mountain Lion" app to a flash drive or DVD? Problem solved without making her jump through hoops to make a bootable drive. OP should then be able to just run the app and install as if he had downloaded it himself.
  12. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    I agree that would be much easier and would work just fine.
  13. benwiggy macrumors 68020

    Jun 15, 2012
    If you double-click on the .download file in the Downloads folder, it should resume from where it left off.
    Otherwise, yes, your wife should be able to download the installer app and send it on a flash drive or DVD.
  14. Matth3w thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 24, 2008
    Wow, thanks for all the responses guys/gals. I pm'd entry to see what we can work out. Honestly I think it's a bit much for my wife honestly so let's see what happens.
  15. koban4max macrumors 68000

    Aug 23, 2011
    if you want a flash drive version, you could ask someone to make it for you or you buy it from someone who will make it for.
  16. HenryAZ macrumors 6502a


    Jan 9, 2010
    South Congress AZ

    If that doesn't work out, PM me an address and I will send you the full Install program for 10.8.2. You can

    1. copy it to your Applications folder and run it from there, for an upgrade


    2. follow instructions to make your own bootable USB stick for a fresh install

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