Upgrading MB 2,1 w/ SSD and Lion - Problems!! Help please!!

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by endlessct9a, Sep 20, 2012.

  1. endlessct9a macrumors newbie

    Sep 20, 2012
    Hi, all. So I'm in the midst of trying to install Lion on my girlfriend's old Macbook 2,1 - 2.16GHZ Core 2 Duo. She doesn't want to spend money on a new Mac so I'm just upgrading it.

    I took out the old HDD, installed a Crucial M4, 4GB of RAM and attempted to install Lion using a bootable USB drive. Powered up while holding the Option button. A prompt came up with the USB drive symbol and "EFI" underneath.

    After clicking on this, it began reading the USB drive... but nothing happens. Rather, all I see on the screen is a folder symbol with a "?" on it.

    What am I doing wrong here? Help would be most appreciated. Thanks.

    Update: Installed the old HDD and tried installing from the USB drive. I get a prompt saying "You cannot use this version of the application install Mac OS X Lion with this version of Mac OS X."
  2. flatfoot macrumors 65816

    Aug 11, 2009
    It seems like something went wrong creating the bootable thumb drive.

    Try following a different write-up on how to create it.
  3. endlessct9a thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 20, 2012
    I created that bootable drive within Lion when I was upgrading all my computers with Mountain Lion. Could that be the cause? Should i create the bootable USB from within Leopard then copy the Lion installer on to it?

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