7 Replies Latest reply: May 28, 2012 5:29 AM by McComm
McComm Level 1 (0 points)

My iMac 8 running OS X 10.5.8 refuses to load snow leopard. The 45 min session keeps getting cut short and the disk ejects. I've turned off sleep functions and made more room on the drive to no avail. Any ideas?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • seventy one Level 6 (13,235 points)

    Don't mean to be pickie but you say your iMac is running on 10.5.8 ... but your profile says 10.6.3.   If you have 10.6.3 you already have Snow Leopard and from there you can upgrade to 10.6.8.

  • McComm Level 1 (0 points)

    I wish. Unfortunately, my profile was wrong and is now corrected . The problem still stands because I'm on OS X 10.5.8.

  • seventy one Level 6 (13,235 points)

    Take a look at "More like this" adjacent to your original post.   Item 5 may cover the problem you have and give you a lead to a solution.

  • noondaywitch Level 6 (8,135 points)

    How much room do you have on the drive?


    What status message was showing under the progress bar before the install stopped?


    Did you verify the disk from Disk Utilities before installing?


    And of course I'm assuming you're using the white retail installer disc with the pretty pussycat on it?

  • seventy one Level 6 (13,235 points)

    Hello noondaywitch,


    Interesting that you featured on the link I recommended.  I'm sure the problem will be solved now.


    Hope you are well; I'm seeing plenty of your posts of late, not all of which are dyslexic, indeed, very few.

  • noondaywitch Level 6 (8,135 points)

    My fingers are frequently dyslexic. Fortunately i usually proof read before posting!


    Not sure about these install failures, though - some never get sorted.

    Sometimes just cleaning the disc does the trick, other times it turns out to be a hardware fault aborting the process.


    On at least one occasion, the installation was in fact nearly complete and a restart completed the installation. From the time element I'm hoping this one comes under the latter category.


    <off topic> As well as I'll ever be, ta. Warm weather's not helping my breathing though. </off topic>

  • McComm Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for your helpful hints everyone. I have 12.9 GB available space. When I begin the install process the status bar says it'll take 58 minutes so I walk away. When I return, I never see an error or status message because  the disk has automatically ejected and the computer is displaying the log-in screen.


    I will try to verify the disk using the utilities you mention. I'll also try a reboot to see what happens.


    Yes, I am using an official Snow Leopard 10.6.3 white install disk purchased from Apple, but I'm beginning to suspect it is bad.


    Thanks again everyone!