Problem updating OSX 10.6.8

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by ctullio, Apr 16, 2018.

  1. ctullio macrumors newbie

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    #1
    Hi Guys, i was hoping you could help me out updating the OS on my old macbook white, i've tried several tiems to update but the update goes into the background image and freezes, ive waited hours and nothing happens, even left it overnight, ive tried downloading the combo update and nothing helped, also tried fixing the permissions on my SSD and nothing, i tried updating on terminal and i get this error


    Code:
    Downloading AirPort Utility   
    Waiting to install AirPort Utility    2018-04-16 12:04:13.860 softwareupdate[211:2077] *** Terminating app due to uncaught exception 'NSInvalidArgumentException', reason: '*** -[NSCFArray insertObject:atIndex:]: attempt to insert nil'
    *** Call stack at first throw:
    (
        0   CoreFoundation                      0x0000000100c3c7b4 __exceptionPreprocess + 180
        1   libobjc.A.dylib                     0x0000000100acaf03 objc_exception_throw + 45
        2   CoreFoundation                      0x0000000100c3c5d7 +[NSException raise:format:arguments:] + 103
        3   CoreFoundation                      0x0000000100c3c564 +[NSException raise:format:] + 148
        4   Foundation                          0x0000000100012f6e -[NSCFArray insertObject:atIndex:] + 119
        5   SoftwareUpdate                      0x0000000100419b2b -[SUSessionImpl installAllProductsSync:] + 639
        6   SoftwareUpdate                      0x0000000100418380 -[SUSession(MainThread) _sessionMain:] + 941
        7   Foundation                          0x000000010001d204 __NSThread__main__ + 1429
        8   libSystem.B.dylib                   0x00000001008a7fd6 _pthread_start + 331
        9   libSystem.B.dylib                   0x00000001008a7e89 thread_start + 13
    )
    terminate called after throwing an instance of 'NSException'
    Abort trap
    
    i apprecciate any help i can get, thanks!
     
  2. DeltaMac macrumors G3

    DeltaMac

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    #2
    If updates, even the combo updater, stall out, or throw out various errors, you may need to just reinstall OS X.

    What error do you get if you try the combo updater for 10.6.8 ?

    Do you still have your original Snow Leopard installer DVD? If you have misplaced (or never had) the Snow Leopard full installer, you can still purchase that DVD directly from Apple - https://www.apple.com/shop/product/MC573Z/A/mac-os-x-106-snow-leopard
    Less aggravation may be worth the $20 to get the full installer DVD :cool:

    The earliest MacBooks are stuck at 10.6.8 maximum. Anything newer (Late 2006 and later) can be upgraded to later versions of OS X. How far depends on which "old macbook white" you have.
     
  3. ctullio thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for your prompt answer, i get no error when i install the combo update, but i can't go further than 10.6.8 and im having problems installing certain applications, i get errors in the packages, thats why im looking to update, i do not own a DVD, I can give you processor and memory specifications:

    Proccesor: 2.13 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo
    Memory: 5 GB 800mhz DDR2 SDRAM
     
  4. DeltaMac macrumors G3

    DeltaMac

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    #4
    There's a lot of software that no longer supports Snow Leopard, and that might be why you are having problems installing recent applications. Your plan should be to upgrade to a newer system - unless there is a compelling reason for you to stay with Snow Leopard (?)

    If you are NOW running 10.6.8 - do you want to upgrade to a newer version of OS X?
    You have a Mid 2009 MacBook (MacBook5,2 is the model identifier)
    It can be upgraded to OS X 10.11.6 (El Capitan), should you want to do that. You can get that full installer for 10.11.6 (It's a free download!) through this link - https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT206886
    If you get El Capitan, save a copy of the download to another drive. It is more than 6GB in size, and would save you the download time in the event something happens, and you need to reinstall that El Capitan system.

    Two things to consider with that large leap to a newer OS X system: Memory, and hard drive
    You can (slightly) increase the RAM to the maximum of 6GB - but, a more impressive upgrade can be the result of replacing your hard drive with an SSD...
     

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