SL will not install on intel mac mini.

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  1. tangerineyum macrumors 6502

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    I have a 1.83 ghz intel mac mini. it has a busted internal cd drive, i use a sony dl dvd burner and 2 external hard drives. I have a retail copy of snow leopard. In the instructions, the guide says sl will install from an external optical drive. Heres what I have tried so far.

    Installing from external optical drive- when i try this it goes through the normal verifications, i agree to eula, when i get to the grey screen with spinning apple, after a few minutes a "no" sign pops up, like a no smoking sign and my computer restarts and takes me to the login screen.

    I thought maybe it was a disk space issues so i backed up, erased some items and freed up about 20 gb, giving me 30 gb of free disk space. tried again with installation and same thing happens.

    next i went into disk utility and verified and repaired permissions, which was a lot, tried again and same thing. next i verified disk. disk is ok.

    next i started thinking perhaps its the disk. so i tried to install sl on my moms unibody macbook. installation went fine, she is running 10.6 like a champ.

    So then i decided to try a remote installation. i unplugged all usb devices, including the dvd burner and ran the remote install assistant. im using and ethernet cable connection, with the 2 computers plugged directly to each other, and i can browse both computers files from one another. when i restart the mini with the assistant running on the macbook, when i hold down option to select the start up device, the only option listed is starting from the mini's own hard drive and not the macbook.

    I've tried everything i could think out with asking for help. But now i would really like some. If any one has any suggestions, i am all ears. Im gonna be heading for school now, and will respond with what ever I can after 10pm pacific.

    Thanks.

    EDIT- i forgot to write that the internal cd drive is not functioning and i use an external sony optical drive.
     
  2. pknz macrumors 68020

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    Not implying anything, but are you using a purchased original DVD of Snow Leopard as opposed to a backed up copy of Snow Leopard?
     
  3. tangerineyum thread starter macrumors 6502

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    a purchased DVD. purchased today as a matter of fact from the apple store in victoria gardens.
     
  4. pknz macrumors 68020

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    Ok, can't give you a reason for the no smoking sign. As far as I know it should work. Hopefully someone else can give you an answer.
     
  5. michael.lauden macrumors 68020

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    why don't you try to restore the DVD to a drive and install it that way
     
  6. flir67 macrumors 6502

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    I have the exact same problem. my macbook drive isn't working so I used another computer to make a imagine of snow leopard on a usb drive. it won't install, I even moved the image to the desktop on my macbook but still no install.

    it tells me "burn the img to a dvd disc and try again on install"

    and yes I own a legal original copy of snow leopard.
     
  7. calderone macrumors 68040

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    It sounds like you are simply trying to run the install from the disk image. This will not work. You need to either burn to a DL-DVD or restore the disk image to a USB or Firewire drive.

    Instructions:
    1. Open Disk Utility
    2. Menu Bar --> Utilities --> Scan Image for Restore --> Select your disk image
    3. Click the Restore tab (you may need to click on a drive first)
    4. Drag the disk image to the restore field (from Finder or from the left if it shows up)
    5. Drag the disk/partition you want to restore to, to the Destination field
    6. Click Restore. (Optionally but recommended, erase destination)
     
  8. tangerineyum thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Want to explain that a little bit better?
     
  9. tangerineyum thread starter macrumors 6502

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    im in the process of making a disk image and im gonna try and boot from a flash drive.
     

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