Trying to reinstall leopard on macbook 13" keeps restarting.

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  1. JSmoove05 macrumors 6502

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    I misplaced my recovery disk so im using my leopard cd when i put in osx it prompts to restart the computer. Once i do that it keeps rebooting over and over it has a grey screen but here the mac reboot sound. Once i take out the leopard cd then it reboots up normally anyone know what the problem could be??
     
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    Macs use machine specific restore DVDs, thus one restore DVD from a MacBook from 2009 can't be used with a MacBook from 2010 and so forth.
    Also Macs can only be installed with an OS, that is at least the version it was delivered with. So no Mac OS X 10.6.3 on a Mac, that came with Mac OS X 10.6.4.
    Or not Mac OS X 10.5.x on a Mac, that had Mac OS X 10.6.x installed when newly bought.
     
  3. JSmoove05 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Hmm interesting the leopard im trying to install is a stand alone i bought a while back its not from a macbook or anything. Do you have any recommendations on what I can do???
     
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    As I don't know what MacBook you try to install the OS onto, thus no knowledge of the OS version it came with, I just recommend Mac OS X 10.6 for 29USD. It can be fully used, iLife is not included though.
     
  5. costabunny macrumors 68020

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    maybe its the disk itself. Could be its having read errors.

    You could try restoring the install dvd to a 10+GB partition on a flash drive or FW HDD (if you have any available (I personally keep a 10GB partition on my FW800 drive and keep my OS DVD on it just in case).

    if you don't have another disk or flash then perhaps you could copy the DVD and write it to a fresh DVDDL disk and see if that helps (sometimes this daft sounding idea works).


    otherwise I got nothing more..
     
  6. JSmoove05 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    The macbook is 2.4 ghz core 2 duo 2 gb ram. 13" mac os x verison 10.5.8
     
  7. JSmoove05 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    will a mac box set fix this I need to clear the laptop because im selling it and I posted that I would wipe the system clean.
     
  8. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    What version is the Leopard disc? If it's a number lower than 10.5.8 it won't work.

    The box set should work. Also, I believe that you can get by with one of the the $29 Snow Leopard discs.
     
  9. JSmoove05 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    The disc is 10.5. I have 2 sealed box sets here im selling but if the 29.00 will work i might as well buy that instead of opening up a mac box set?? yes
     
  10. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    My understanding is that the $29 Snow Leopard "upgrade" disc is actually a full Snow Leopard retail disc.

    See the paragraph Two versions near the end of this article: Macworld.com: Installing Snow Leopard: What you need to know
     
  11. JSmoove05 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    OK great man thanks looks like im buying the snow leopard disc then thanks.
     

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