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airport 5.6 will not install

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I have a 1st Generation Airport base station and two 1st Generation Airport Express Base stations.  The recommnedation from Apple to get these to work with my network is to down load AirPort Express 5.6 ( as I am running Lion on a Macbook Pro 2006) but it fails to install with the error contact the software manufacturer (apple).  Anyone got any joy in getting this to install?

Macbook Pro, Apple TV latest version of software
  • LaPastenague Level 7 Level 7 (32,635 points)
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    Sep 24, 2013 5:01 AM (in response to youngap)

    There are a number of methods posted.


    Later versions of Lion no longer allow the 5.6 for Lion to install.. so you use the same method as for Mountain Lion.. Ironic isn't it.. 5.6 for lion doesn't work on Lion.


    How to load 5.6 into ML.


    1. Download 5.6 for Lion.

    Click to open the dmg but do not attempt to install the pkg.. it won't work anyway.

    Leave the package open on the desktop so you can see the file. AirportUtility56.pkg



    2. Download and install unpkg.



    Run unpkg on the desktop.. If your Mac refuses to run the software, because it wasn’t downloaded from the Apple store, go to security in preferences and allow other software to work.. this is limitation of trade methinks. You can set back later if you like.


    Now drag the AirPortUtility56.pkg file over to unpkg.. and it will create a new directory of the same name on the desktop.. in finder, open the new directory, drill down.. applications, utilities .. there lo and behold is Airport utility 5.6 .. drag it to your main utilities directory or just run it from current location.



    You cannot uninstall version 6 (now 6.3 if you updated) so don't try.. and you cannot or should not run them both at the same time.. although I have had no problems when doing so.


    For screen shots see this post.

  • Bob Timmons Level 9 Level 9 (75,445 points)
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    Sep 24, 2013 6:19 AM (in response to youngap)

    Another method has been posted by another forum expert, Tesserax. Details in this thread:



    Both methods have worked well for me when I've tried them.


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