mac os x cannot be installed in this computer

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  1. popong

    popong New Member

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    hi guys! first time posting here. i tried to clean my macbook and reload the 10.5.5 disc that came with my new aluminum macbook pro. you can find the error messages and pics here

    I have already formatted/erased the hard drive using disk utility.

    any recommendations? tips?

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. aaron

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    Hmmm... could it be because you're using a disc that was made for an MBP on a macbook?

    where are the original discs that came with the macbook?

    and also... what macbook version are you trying to install in? (intel/PPC)
     
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    if thats the case then im done.... i dont know were my original 10.4.10 disc is now. this mb is an intel
     
  4. aaron

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    Consider also that if you're trying to install Leopard on an old macbook then you're not keeping everything legal. (meaning you should buy a separate Leopard Disc for it like you're upgrading from Tiger)
     
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    i see. so i should buy a seperate "retail" dvd for it? is that what you are saying? thanks for the heads up though! hopefully i will not see this same message when i use a new "retail" disc
     
  6. aaron

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    Yes i think so. I think the install disc that came with your new mbp only works for that specific model.

    Although it would also be better to wait for other opinion on this forum since I also am no expert when it comes to OSX installation ;)
     
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    thanks mate!
     
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    Normally, the bundled OSX installer that comes with the Mac unit will only work for that specific unit. That's how Apple applies the license to Operating Systems as its hardware specific as far as I know. You will need to buy a retail copy of the OSX Leopard. We have an old iMac and we bought a retail copy and the installer worked fine. But the bundled OSX installer from another newer iMac did not work on the old iMac.
     
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    @popong
    I believe you got an alum-unibody MBP and an older MacBook at which the latter has already been formatted.

    For the meantime, here's an option to remedy your problem, granting you got an external HD enough to cover-up the capacity of your internal HD (or you can perform a Target Disk Mode which I do not recommend, external HD is much safe & besides, you'll be needing a firewire-to-firewire 400/800 cable). But I strongly suggest to get a legit copy of OSX Leopard Installer from Apple Store or any of our local Resellers.

    From your new MBP:
    1. Download & install Carbon Copy Cloner, it's free.
    2. Clone everything in it to your external HD so that it will be a bootable drive.

    On your older MacBook:
    1. Attach the external HD that has the cloned OSX.
    2. While booting up your old MacBook, press ⌥ key (option/alt) to boot-up from the external HD.
    3. Once your older MacBook booted, start cloning from your external HD to your older MacBook.
    4. Re-boot the older MacBook.
    Voila! You now got an exact OSX Leopard version on your older MacBook courtesy of the newer one. And remember, be fair, buy an original Installer.

    Goodluck!
     
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    The retail Mac OS X upgrade is universal, not machine specific unlike the ones that came with your MBP. It should work with all supported Macs.
     
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    Huh? I've used Target disk mode to reinstall OS X on older machines just fine. Plus, a Firewire cable is tons cheaper than an external hard drive, plus you get a totally 'fresh' install with no 'baggage' from having to clone an existing installation.

    It's easy. Connect the two macs via Firewire (shutdown both machines first). Boot the old Mac in target disk mode, then boot the second Mac from the install CD. Install—but make sure you target the 'device' that is your old Mac (which will appear as a Firewire drive). Presto!

    I've done this more than a couple of times never mind the legal nazis but simply because the install discs for the old machine were unavailable.
     
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    @alistair

    I posted..."granting you got an external HD", which is more likely common than having a firewire to firewire cable that you still have to buy or borrow yet.

    Too risky...that's my point of suggesting an external HD and remember, the TS is a newbie. And besides, the old Mac can nowhere be booted...it has already been formatted.

    If by chance the TS doesn't have an external HD, then your recommendation is quite better than mine. :) Let's wait & see.
     
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    thanks guys! just read your suggestions. i'll try this after 8 hours. need to work. deym!!
     
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    issue resolved my friends! a retail dvd saved the mac! long live the leopard!
     

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