command-R internet restore is only available to 10.7 and later prebundled Macs, and
Macs with the following firmware installed:
or to restore the 10.7 or later operating system that was already installed on the hard drive.
A 2008 MacBook does not support 10.5.0. Use this tip to determine your Mac's age:
Dates to remember include:
November 15, 2007 Mac OS X 10.5.1 retail
February 26, 2008 MacBook 4,1
June 30, 2008 Mac OS X 10.5.4 retail
October 14, 2008 MacBook 5,1
December 15, 2008 Mac OS X 10.5.6 retail
10.5 Retail discs look like: https://discussions.apple.com/servlet/JiveServlet/showImage/102-2275-55-43237/le opard.jpg
and do not say Upgrade, Dropin, or OEM, and in white print show which version of 10.5 they have.
10.6 Retail can be used to restore the backup from Time Machine as well. It is available from:
Hi. Thanks for your reply. It looks like this is a bit of a learning curve for me. I thought: Have Time Machine, can go back to a system, then forward again! I thought that's what TM was all about. Obviously going back is much much easier than going forward sometimes!
I'm in Korea. I tried speaking to someone here, but the problems of language made it very difficult. So I'd be very grateful for a little more advice from you.
I'm now clear on some things, a little confused on others. I'm now in Leopard. I achieved my purpose (accessed some info through apps that are now defunct), but can't get out of Leopard without an install disk (which I don't have, since an App service center kindly upgraded me to Snow Leopard a few years ago in the process of doing some work on my MacBook). I'm clear that once I'm back in Snow Leopard, I'm away laughing. Because then, as long as I update to the latest Snow Leopard software, I can access the Apple Store and upgrade to whatever I want.
Here's where I'm not clear. You are telling me I need to know my Mac's age and model. (Using the links you supplied, I find I have a 5,2, early 2009, 120GB.) But why do I need to know that? Because at the App Store, I can buy a Snow Leopard install disk and the store does not tell me I need to know what model my Mac is. There seems to be just the one kind of install disk for sale. HOW WILL I KNOW I'M BUYING THE CORRECT ONE?
An early 2009 MacBook only supports the system specific 10.5 installer disc. It will not support the retail version. You must contact AppleCare to get 10.5 system specific disc if missing or lost, if it needs to be reinstalled, if you hadn't formerly cloned the software from a working copy of 10.5.
10.6 retail ( http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC573/mac-os-x-106-snow-leopard in the U.S. and http://store.apple.com/kr/product/MC573/mac-os-x-106-snow-leopard (in Korea)) will import the 10.5 Time Machine backup into 10.6, though some 10.5 installed applications that haven't been tested with 10.6 may not work. Also 10.6 by default does not come installed with Rosetta, though you can install it later. Rosetta supports older applications from before 2006. 10.7 and later do not support Rosetta at all without special virtualization instructions:
To install Rosetta on 10.6, follow these directions:
The "system specific 10.5 installer disc" sounds a bit scary! But actually, I'm already in 10.5. All I need is to be in 10.6 so that I can access the App Store. Then I can get back to Mavericks. So, if I've rightly understood you, I can order the 10.6 from the link you gave me, and that should do the trick.
Thanks very much for your help.