Problem with Snow Leopard update DVD

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by jesscecile, Mar 28, 2014.

  1. jesscecile macrumors newbie

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    My 2009 Macbook Pro (OSX Version 10.5.8) desperately needs to be updated to Snow Leopard (and then Maverick). Problem is, I bought the mac in the US and now live in Europe, so I ordered the Snow Leopard update package from the German store – not realizing that it's a DVD rather than a CD.

    I've read that my computer is supposed to ask what region I'd like to use when I insert a DVD. However, my computer just makes a weird, repetitive buzzing noise for a few seconds and then spits the DVD back out. Could this be a region issue? If so, how can I manually adjust the region setting?
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    The Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Upgrade DVD is region independent, as mostly only video DVDs are limited to regions, but software DVDs are mostly NOT limited to regions, since there is not really a good reason for that.

    Is it the 19 USD / € DVD you get vie the Apple Online Store?
    Does your optical disk drive (ODD) work with other DVDs and CDs?
     
  3. jesscecile thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for your feedback! Your point about software makes sense.

    My drive will read a music CD, but it won't read the German DVD version of 'Shrek 2' (it's the only other DVD I have in the house).

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    And yes, it is the €18 DVD that I bought online in the German iTunes store.
     
  4. jesscecile thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm reading on other forums that problems like this could be caused by a dirty lens that's simply not reading the discs properly. I guess I'll buy a lens cleaning disc tomorrow and see if that helps.
     

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