Please Help! Problem updating my MacBook

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by tommychag, Dec 11, 2011.

  1. tommychag macrumors newbie

    Dec 11, 2011
    Im running 10.5.8 on my macbook and my friend gave me a thumb drive to update to 10.6 that came with his macbook air. I tried using it but it says I cant. Can someone please help me?

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  2. SDub90 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 9, 2009
    Long Island
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 5_0_1 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/534.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.1 Mobile/9A405 Safari/7534.48.3)

    OEM discs and flash drives can only be used with the model they were shipped with. You'll need a retail upgrade discs, not a disc shipped with anothe MacBook.
  3. adamtj11 macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2011
    You will need to find a retail version of Mac OS X Snow Leopard, Apple might sell them maybe not now that Lion is out for a few months.
  4. ThomasBoss macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2011
    That USB will only work on a 2011 MacBook need to purchase a retail copy.
  5. tommychag thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 11, 2011
  6. dontwalkhand, Dec 11, 2011
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2011

    dontwalkhand macrumors 601


    Jul 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
  7. ezramoore macrumors 6502a

    Mar 20, 2006
    Washington State
    Incorrect, the USB drive would only work with a 2010 MacBook Air, the 2011 model uses Lion Internet Recovery.

    OP, what you are trying to do (whether you intend to or not) is steal software. If you want to update to Snow Leopard you need to buy this:

    If you want to update to Lion you can either purchase Snow Leopard from the above link and install it, update, then open the App Store and pay for/download Lion.


    You can buy this:

    And do a fresh install.

    Don't steal software.

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