Snow Leopard installation disc won't work?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by jfnutffr, Feb 4, 2014.

  1. jfnutffr macrumors newbie

    Feb 4, 2014
    I got my MacBook Pro in 2009. I finally purchased Snow Leopard so that I could upgrade. However, every time I try, it says that the disc won't work and needs to be cleaned. I've tried cleaning it, and it still isn't working. Other DVDs and CDs that I've tried work just fine.

    I'm guessing the only solution to this is to get another copy? If that's the case, do you think Apple would send me another for free (I took the disc right out of the package and put it right into the CD drive--I'm positive I didn't scratch it)?
  2. aicul macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2007
    no cars, only boats
    Did you purchase SL from Apple ? I'm surprised that it is still on sale given that Mavs is free.

    Anyway if you purchased it from them I don't think it is any problem to get a replacement - with valid proof of purchase.
  3. DeltaMac macrumors G3


    Jul 30, 2003
    Check that your DVD drive is working OK.
    A good test is to try a movie DVD. Should cause the DVD to automatically launch, and show the movie's menu screen, or may even begin showing the movie.
    If a DVD movie also doesn't seem to mount or play - you can try a "can-o-air" from any store that sells office supplies, etc. Blow vigorously into the drive slot. That can sometimes help. You could also try a commercial DVD drive cleaning disc.
    And, your internal drive may simply have failed, so you can also use an external DVD drive.
  4. tampasteve macrumors 6502

    Try what the other posts mentioned. Otherwise give Apple a call or stop by an Apple store with the machine and have them check it out. They are usually really good at exchanges if you get to that point.

    Apple has an interesting and varied policy on old Retail and recovery OS seems as long as they have them in stock they will sell them - if you get a nice agent on the phone. People have still been able to get recovery disks for 9.2.2 and retail disks for Tiger up until very recently.
  5. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    I think they would, but ask them.

    I just bought a Snow Leopard disc from Apple in January. (Worked fine) Some people (not me however) are holding on to SL because of Rosetta. Apple is serving its customers by bringing it back. It was unavailable for quite awhile.
  6. Alrescha macrumors 68020

    Jan 1, 2008
    I second this. The CD drive on my Snow Leopard mini will no longer read the install disc. I have an external Firewire CD drive that reads it fine. Oddly, the internal drive will read other discs, so its possible that the manufacturing of the Snow Leopard disc was not up to snuff.


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