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ShaneBunting Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

Hi, another question regarding the 2006 MacBook Pro (1,1 Core Duo) I recently bought second hand..

 

Fitted a Western Digital 250GB HDD from another HP laptop laying around, formatted as Mac OS Extended (Journaled) and a fully functioning hard drive as I know from it's former role in the Windows laptop.

 

When I picked this MacBook Pro up last night, it had a tiny 80GB HDD with Snow Leopard installed - that is now formatted and a Windows 7 HDD in the HP laptop.

 

I have two install DVDs, both official.  1) The gray one from a Mid 2009 white MacBook with 10.5 Leopard , 2) An Apple Store Snow Leopard DVD.

 

 

With the new HDD fitted in the MBP, I boot from the Snow Leopard DVD to try install it to the MBP. Getting the message 'Mac OS X cannot be installed on this computer' and another line stating 'Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard must be installed first' < not exact phrasing.

 

So I boot up from the Leopard DVD and get the same message 'Mac OS X cannot be installed on this computer'.

 

I have a feeling this could be because it's a gray white MacBook disk and indeed too new as such for this machine, but am not sure. I have tried a number of HDDs so I doubt this is a HDD problem.

 

Any ideas on what I should do? I would like to run Snow Leopard (as it's the latest I can on the 1,1 MBP model) as a backup Mac in my home.

 

Thank You,

Shane Bunting


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8), MacBook Pro 15" 2006 Original
  • 1. Re: 2006 MacBook Pro - OS X Reinstall Issues
    mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,570 points)

    You can't install Leopard because you are installing a Mac OS X version designed for the Mid 2009 MacBook onto a 2006 MacBook Pro.

     

    Use the DVD that came with the MacBook Pro to reinstall Mac OS X Tiger, and then, install Snow Leopard. You can also install Snow Leopard having Tiger installed. If you lost the DVDs that came with the Mac, call Apple to get replacement DVDs > http://support.apple.com/kb/HE57

  • 2. Re: 2006 MacBook Pro - OS X Reinstall Issues
    Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (226,855 points)

    Drive Preparation

     

    1. Boot from your OS X Installer Disc. After the installer loads select your language and click on the Continue button.  When the menu bar appears select Disk Utility from the Utilities menu.

     

    If you are preparing an external or a non-startup drive, then open Disk Utility in your Utilities folder.

     

    2. After DU loads select your hard drive (this is the entry with the mfgr.'s ID and size) from the left side list. Note the SMART status of the drive in DU's status area.  If it does not say "Verified" then the drive is failing or has failed and will need replacing.  SMART info will not be reported  on external drives. Otherwise, click on the Partition tab in the DU main window.

     

    3. Under the Volume Scheme heading set the number of partitions from the drop down menu to one. Click on the Options button, set the partition scheme to GUID then click on the OK button. Set the format type to Mac OS Extended (Journaled.) Click on the Partition button and wait until the process has completed.

     

    4. Select the volume you just created (this is the sub-entry under the drive entry) from the left side list. Click on the Erase tab in the DU main window.

     

    5. Set the format type to Mac OS Extended (Journaled.) Click on the Security button, check the button for Zero Data and click on OK to return to the Erase window.

     

    6. Click on the Erase button. The format process can take up to several hours depending upon the drive size.

     

    7. Upon completion quit DU and return to the installer. Complete the installation of OS X.

     

    If you truly have a full Snow Leopard installer DVD then use it for all of the above. If it's an Upgrade-only disc, then you will have to first install Leopard before you can upgrade to Snow Leopard.

  • 3. Re: 2006 MacBook Pro - OS X Reinstall Issues
    ShaneBunting Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

    Will this definitely work Kappy? Zero-ing out the disk is something I wouldn't have thought would make the difference. I am not doubting you, I am genuinely weary. I appreciate the help

  • 4. Re: 2006 MacBook Pro - OS X Reinstall Issues
    Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (226,855 points)

    Yes, it works. I recommend its use when installing any new drive that was once used or is pre-formatted for a non-Mac machine. If you wish you can skip Steps 4-6. It should still work OK. Zeroing the drive is time consuming but may prevent a future issue by sparing out any new bad sectors.

     

    The fact that the drive was not prepped correctly for the Mac is the reason for the installation error message.

  • 5. Re: 2006 MacBook Pro - OS X Reinstall Issues
    ShaneBunting Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

    I will try this and report back to you! Any idea how long on average a 250GB would take? Thanks!!

  • 6. Re: 2006 MacBook Pro - OS X Reinstall Issues
    ShaneBunting Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

    Also, am I ok to use the Snow Leopard disk to boot up with?

  • 7. Re: 2006 MacBook Pro - OS X Reinstall Issues
    Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (226,855 points)

    Yes, if it's a retail installer DVD.

     

    I'm not sure time-wise, but I'm guessing an hour or less. Been a long time since I've done it on a machine of that age.

  • 8. Re: 2006 MacBook Pro - OS X Reinstall Issues
    ShaneBunting Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

    Ok, Writing Zeros to disk now 'Estimated time: 50 minutes', fluctuating a bit up and down, but I'll leave it plugged in and let it complete operation. Just noticed also this is an Upgrade DVD (Snow Leopard) therefore I'm going to have to burn a new disk.. I have a downloaded Tiger.dmg, should I burn that to a blank DVD, install and then upgrade to Leopard or will that pose more problems?

     

    Just bought this for £250 (around $300) last night, always liked the look of the old Pro's!

  • 9. Re: 2006 MacBook Pro - OS X Reinstall Issues
    ShaneBunting Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

    Kappy,  Did that. None of the disks will install, same error. Downloaded Tiger, made a bootable disk, booted from it. Same error.

     

    Any advice?

  • 10. Re: 2006 MacBook Pro - OS X Reinstall Issues
    Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (226,855 points)

    Are you positive you are using a retail copy of Snow Leopard. I cannot be an upgrade disc or a disc taken from the original discs for another Mac model. You cannot use any copy of Tiger unless it's the Tiger disc that came with the MacBook Pro.

     

    Do you happen to know what the make and model is of the drive you installed in it? How old is the computer from which you removed it?

  • 11. Re: 2006 MacBook Pro - OS X Reinstall Issues
    ShaneBunting Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

    I bought this as is just, The MacBook Pro and charger. It's the very first configuration from Apple and the (1,1) code is used in the system. I left my Apple Store purchased install DVD in Northern Ireland last year, so I am going to have to download a retail version of Snow Leopard and burn it to a DVD. Will this work? It's my only hope really :O Thanks

  • 12. Re: 2006 MacBook Pro - OS X Reinstall Issues
    Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (226,855 points)

    You cannot download Snow Leopard. Apple does not make it available for download. You can order it from Apple Online Store. There isn't anything you can do with the computer without an installer disc. That particular model is the first Intel laptop from Apple. I used to own one. It came with a special version of Tiger that was exclusively for the Intel model only. Leopard on the other hand is capable of installing both Intel and PPC versions of OS X. Snow Leopard is Intel only and the last version of OS X to work on Core Duo models like yours.

  • 13. Re: 2006 MacBook Pro - OS X Reinstall Issues
    ShaneBunting Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

    But would a Snow Leopard or Leopard disk image burned to USB work assuming this image was ripped from an Apple DVD? I have purchased one in the past, so I have payed as such for my usage of the software. Would my Mac recognise this as an acceptable install source and proceed?

  • 14. Re: 2006 MacBook Pro - OS X Reinstall Issues
    Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (49,285 points)

    Maybe yes, maybe no.

     

    It has to come from a "Full Retail" disc, not a disc for a different model (not even a later model of the same machine). Otherwise it does not have drivers for all Macs, and will not boot or install.

     

    It has to have been copied in exactly the right way, and be set up to be bootable.

     

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    Buying a new pressed, silkscreened, genuine Apple 10.6 disc costs US$20.

    And the disc also has the Utilities on it for when you get in a jam.

     

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