Problem downloading 10.6.8 Update from Apple

Discussion in 'macOS' started by zopiro, Nov 24, 2012.

  1. zopiro macrumors member

    Oct 1, 2010
    For software compatibility reasons, I'm stuck to Snow Leopard until the app coders decide to update it...

    So I'm reinstalling from scratch and all is well, until I try to update 10.6 to 10.6.8. I'm having problems downloading the 10.6.8 1.1 combo update from Apple, although every other file downloads just fine. The download stops at around 20MB if I use the Software Update tool and also if I try to manual download it from Apple at

    Are there any other known and trustworthy sources for this file? I've found some torrents, but they have zero seeds.

  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    I recommend you never install software of any kind from torrent sites, as they can contain malware or back doors, compromising your system. There is no trustworthy source for Apple updates other than Apple.

    Try clearing your browser's cache and cookies, then try downloading the combo update again.
  3. zopiro thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 1, 2010
    I've tried downloading the file on different computers, all with the same error.

    Ended up downloading the 10.6.7 update, which transferred just fine, and afterwards installed the non-combo 10.6.8 file which I also managed to easily download.

  4. lancerkind macrumors newbie

    Jul 29, 2008
    Southern China, Seattle, and places in between
    Apple's download site is slow...

    I wish Apple maintained an FTP site of their downloads as that protocol is much more lean and faster by 2X+. And FTP apps like FileZilla can resume the download if it does fail.

    You also can use Safari to download and although downloading via HTTP is much slower than FTP, at least it's download manager can resume the download if it gets interrupted. But this process really is slow and 1GB may take days (at least from where I'm at on the Internet.)
    A download link (button) is here:

    You mentioned using a torrent and can do in hours what takes days with Safari, and torrent is designed to work with poor bandwidth. If you know how to find the distribution (I use google) and download it, keep in mind this is coming from a 3rd party that you shouldn't trust. Make sure you check that what you're getting hasn't been modified by bad guys.

    Confirm your distribution is authentic
    Read this to learn how to check your download's "digital fingerprint." I would do this anytime I get OS updates that didn't come directly from Apple (such as using torrent). Apple uses SHA1 "fingerprints" (like fingerprinting people, there are different ways to do that: one finger, the whole palm, feet,...). You'll need to learn how to use the command line as mentioned in the below article. It's not hard, so relax. :)

    The digital fingerprint for 10.6.8 Comb Update is written here on Apple's site:

    So when you run the command "openssl sha1 path_to_file.dmg" the numbers (and letters) the command spits out should match what Apple says it should be.

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