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aag97 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Nov 9, 2012 11:53 AM

Hi. I recently had ubuntu installed on my late 2008 15" Macbook Pro, but I decided to get Leopard back and upgrade (the laptop shipped with Leopard). I grabbed my recover DVD (which was quite scratched after almost 5 years in my closet), stuck it in the factory disc drive, erased the hard drive completely, and *tried* to start the installation. I got through the DVD verification just fine, but before it could even finish calculating the estimated time, it gave me a message saying "Installation error; Could not verify contents of BaseSystem package". So, I tried again; didn't work. I decided to go ahead and order a Snow Leopard DVD from eBay, but I need to know some things first:

1) Was it just my DVD that's causing the error, due to the seemingly infinite scratches, or a computer hardware error? and

2) Will this error occur when upgrading to Snow Leopard if I'm using the retail DVD? If so, how do I go about fixing it without buying a new computer?


I don't mind doing whatever it takes at this point!


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.2), Late 2008,15", shipped with Leopard
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,675 points)
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    Nov 9, 2012 2:02 PM (in response to aag97)



    1. Tough to tell, most likely the Disc, but could be anything.


    2. SL/10.6 would likely be cheaper...


    Snow Leopard/10.6.x Requirements...


    General requirements

       * Mac computer with an Intel processor

        * 1GB of memory (I say 4GB at least, more if you can afford it)

        * 5GB of available disk space (I say 30GB at least)

        * DVD drive for installation

        * Some features require a compatible Internet service provider; fees may apply.

        * Some features require Apple’s MobileMe service; fees and terms apply.


    Which apps work with Mac OS X 10.6?...


    It's been pulled from the online store & Apple Stores, so you have to call Apple to buy it, last I heard.

    Call Apple the US: 1-800-MY-APPLE. Or Support... 1-800-275-2273


    Other countries...


    PS. If eBaying for a 10.5 Install Disc, be aware Gray Discs are mostly Vomputer specific.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,675 points)
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    Nov 9, 2012 3:38 PM (in response to aag97)

    OK, good luck!

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,675 points)
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    Nov 9, 2012 8:24 PM (in response to aag97)



    Let us know the end result please.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,675 points)
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    Nov 10, 2012 9:52 AM (in response to aag97)


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