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sweetbrandigirl2004 Level 1 (0 points)

I'm trying to load the Lion os x disc that came with my Mac on a differant Mac and I'm wondering whats suppost to happen. I put the disc in and it started spinning it asked do you want to install and I click OK then it said shutting down to install then the reboot window came up and its been on for like 30 mins now just wondering if this is normal and if so how long should this take ?



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  • macjack Level 9 (51,639 points)

    First off, it couldn't be a Lion disc because Lion never came on DVD. That aside, you cannot use the discs that shipped with one Mac on another Mac.

  • Shootist007 Level 6 (16,660 points)

    There is NO Lion install disc. All Mac's that came with Lion pre-Installed also did not come with any DVD discs. So whatever you are loading into your DVD drive is not a Lion install DVD.

  • sweetbrandigirl2004 Level 1 (0 points)

    the disc says lion os x install on it

  • macjack Level 9 (51,639 points)

    If that's so you have the only Mac that ever shipped with a Lion DVD.

    More likely it did not ship with it and someone created a DVD for install purposes.

    I did wonder why you didn't get the "this disc is not for this computer" message.


    So what's happening with the install... is there any movement at all?

  • sweetbrandigirl2004 Level 1 (0 points)

    Its as I discribed above the disc started spinning a message popped up asking if I wanted to install Lion, I clicked OK then it said shutting down to install the computer shut down and then began rebooting the White screen with the apple logo appeared and thats were its still at. So I'm wondering how long if this is normal and if so how long does it take.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 (192,679 points)

    Please take a picture of the disc with your phone and post it.

  • Shootist007 Level 6 (16,660 points)

    Reboot the computer and hold down the Option/alt key. That will bring up the one time Boot menu screen. Select the Lion install DVD you have as the Boot device.


    If it hang after that, Or if that DVD does not appear on that Boot menu screen the it is not a true Lion install DVD.


    If someone created that DVD and they did it after buying and downloading Lion from the Mac App Store and it does boot to the Lion recovery system screen (that is where you will have a screen that has 4 options on it. One of them being Reinstall Mac OS X) it is more then likely tied to the Apple ID of whoever made that DVD.


    If they made it from the Lion download from a Mac that came with Lion Pre-Installed it more then likely will not boot on your Mac. Unless your Mac is exactly the same as the one it was made on.


    That is what you may be seeing now. The install should of started by now with a progress screen displayed.


    In any event if you want Lion on your Mac you should login to the Mac App Store using YOUR Apple ID and Password and spend the $29 it costs. What you are doing now is stealing software (Unless your Mac is exactly the same as the one that DVD was made on and your Mac came with Lion Pre-Installed)


    If your Mac originally came with Lion you do not need that DVD. Post back if that is the case.

  • sweetbrandigirl2004 Level 1 (0 points)

    Ok 1) the disc is an apple disc it came with my MAC it's NOT a home made disc it has the same label and type on it as my Application disc.


    2) The Mac is EXACTLY like mine same model year same model Macbook pro 2009


    3) I did as you said and I now have the boot window up see picture. Now do I select install or what photo.JPG

    Sorry I don't see an option for turning the picture

  • Shootist007 Level 6 (16,660 points)

    Lion did not come out until June of 2011. So you do not have a Lion Install DVD. You do have either a Leopard or Snow Leopard install DVD (I'm not up on the dates of OS releases but more then likely it is a Leopard DVD).


    That you stated it was a Lion install DVD that is what had everyone scratching their heads as There Are NO Lion Install DVDs supplied by Apple.


    Now as to yor problem why are you trying to Reinstall the OS.

  • sweetbrandigirl2004 Level 1 (0 points)

    Ok I ejected the disc and took a picture here's what I got. photo.JPG


  • Linc Davis Level 10 (192,679 points)

    Those are not Lion discs, but that's irrelevant to your original question.


    You wouldn't have gotten as far as you did with the installation if you were trying to install on a different model. I'm not sure how far you did get. I'd expect the total installation time to be at least 30 minutes. If you saw a message that the installation was finished, and then the system hung while trying to reboot, that's probably OK. Try to boot from the internal drive.

  • sweetbrandigirl2004 Level 1 (0 points)

    Ok well then what are they ? disc ( 1 says applications install dvd ) and dics (2  says mac os x install dvd )


    As I said the disc ask if i wanted to install lion when I ran it and Lion came installed on my 2009 Macbook Pro and these disc came with the computer.  If the disc that says Mac os x is the opertating system and my Mac is running Lion then wouldn't it stand to reason that this is a Lion os x disc ?

  • Linc Davis Level 10 (192,679 points)

    Lion came installed on my 2009 Macbook Pro


    With respect, no, it did not. You seem to be using the term "Lion" as a synonym for "Mac OS X." It refers to the current version of Mac OS X, which was released long after your MBP shipped.


    Now if you bought the MBP second-hand, it may be that the previous owner had installed Lion on it. But not from those discs.

  • Shootist007 Level 6 (16,660 points)

    Again I ask Why Are You Re-Installing the OS.


    No not one bit. If Lion came out in 2011 and your Mac is from 2009 and you have the original discs that came with the computer how could that OS X install DVD be for Lion.

    At some point you or someone else upgrade your Mac from whatever version of OS X it had on it to OS X Lion.


    To reinstall Lion boot the computer and at the chime hold down the Command+r keys. That will boot you to the the Lion Recovery HD partition. From where you can reinstall Lion.

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