Why can't I install SL on my Late 2007 MBP?

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  1. petrucci666 macrumors 6502a

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    I have a MBP Santa Rosa, 2.2 gHz 120 gb HDD and I want to install Snow Leopard on it but when attempting to install it, it gives me a message saying that Snow Leopard couldn't be installed on the machine.

    Why is this?

    Thanks
     
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  3. Surely Guest

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    I have the same MacBook, and I installed SL with no problems.
    :confused:
     
  4. Mike Macintosh macrumors regular

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    I ask the same question.
     
  5. petrucci666 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It's an original
     
  6. Surely Guest

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    Try restarting your computer and then trying again.
     
  7. petrucci666 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I restarted it twice already and I keep getting the same message.
     
  8. HLdan macrumors 603

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    Is this actually the retail dvd or did it come from another Mac?
    2 more questions, what version of OS X is currently on your MBP and does your SL DVD say the word "Upgrade" or "Install DVD on it?
     
  9. petrucci666 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It comes from another Mac since I purchased a 13" Unibody MBP in September, but I read that with those CD's you can do a clean install anyway. That's what I did with the new unibody I bought once I swapped out the stock HDD and RAM for something of a larger capacity. I'm guessing that's where the problem is but I just don't know why thre would be a problem
     
  10. Surely Guest

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    There is your problem. If you want SL on your old MB, you have to buy a fresh copy of it.

    The reason it won't work is because the disk that came with the MBP is specifically for the MBP.

    Plus, if it actually were to work, what you are doing is against Apple's EULA. You are essentially pirating the software.

    If you want SL on your MB, shell out the $30.
     
  11. HLdan macrumors 603

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    The install DVD's that come packaged with a Mac are machine specific. For example, if you have a new iMac with Snow Leopard preinstalled, the restore DVD that comes with it can't be used in a Macbook. Both Macs have to be the exact same model. You'll have to purchase a retail version of SL. Thankfully it's only $29 USD.
     
  12. petrucci666 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Oh ok, I didn't know that it was machine specified. Thanks for clarifying that!
     

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