2 Replies Latest reply: Jul 15, 2012 9:04 AM by Neville Hillyer
bitnuts Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Have MacBook 1,1

Intel Core duo

1.83 GHz

Processor 1

Cores 2

L2 Cache 2mb

Mem 512

bus speed 667Mhz

Boot Rom MB11.0061.B03

SMC Ver 1.4f12

ser # 4H6181DKU98



I got a new HD (Blank) and as of yet can't get OS X to install. Two sets 10.4.8 can't install on this computer and 10.6.4 also can't install on this computer...


I keep buying disks and get NOWHERE........What do I need to install OS X on this Mac.

MacBook, Just changed Hard disk.
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (119,125 points)

    Have you been ordering Gray Machine specific Discs?


    X 10.4.6 (8I2025)X 10.6.8*



    What OS do you desire? It's not really upto using 10.6, but if you call AppleCare with the Serial# handy, you can often get Original replacement Discs cheap or free.


    Snow Leopard/10.6.x Requirements...


    General requirements

       * Mac computer with an Intel processor

        * 1GB of memory (I say 2GB at least)

        * 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 looks like they do still have it:



    If you have a MobileMe account they may even provide 10.6 for free.

  • Neville Hillyer Level 4 Level 4 (1,855 points)

    Backup first

    It is always best to have a full bootable backup before you upgrade. If you fail to do this you will be unable to return to this OS if you decide you don't like the new OS. Also there is a slight chance that an install could lose everything on the Mac. The backup must be to an external hard disk. Preferably use Carbon Copy Cloner to make a bootable backup of the whole disk.


    Erase before the install

    Once you have a bootable backup on an external disk it is best to erase the internal disk with the new installer DVD before you install.


    During the install

    Preferably do not import any data or preferences from earlier OSs during the install process as this can reintroduce bugs.


    OS numbers and names

    OS X 10.4.x - Tiger

    OS X 10.5.x - Leopard

    OS X 10.6.x - Snow Leopard

    OS X 10.7.x - Lion

    OS X 10.8.x - Mountain Lion


    More about Macs

    The Apple History site has specifications for every Mac ever produced: http://www.apple-history.com/


    Upgrade to Leopard

    Those wishing to upgrade to Leopard should be aware that install disks can be expensive unless you contact Apple. Details: http://lowendmac.com/deals/best-os-x-leopard-prices.html Standard Leopard installers impose several hardware limitations including speed and RAM size but all these restrictions can be overcome. Google for details. Leopard works well at 500 MHz with 1 GB of RAM and many happy users have less than this.


    Upgrade beyond Leopard

    OSs beyond OS X 10.5.8 require an Intel processor. If in doubt check this: Click the apple at the top left of your screen and select 'About this Mac'. This will give you your OS number. Then click 'More Info' to see which processor you have. If it says PowerPC you cannot upgrade to Snow Leopard and above. If you have an Intel Mac it is well worth upgrading to Snow Leopard now and then considering other options after that. You can buy Snow Leopard here: http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC573Z/A


    Upgrade beyond Snow Leopard

    Information about upgrading Snow Leopard to Lion or Mountain Lion: http://store.apple.com/us/product/MD256Z/A



    Check that your Mac complies with any requirements. If you are not in the US you should use the Change Country link at the bottom of Apple pages.