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    Install Failed Message - Snow Leopard on a MBP
    Hi,

    I have had Linux Mint on my 17" MBP, early unibody model for a month or two but I decided to re-install OSX snow leopard from my shrink wrapped copy. I booted to the installation DVD, used disk utility to delete all of the partitions and create a new Mac OS Extended Journaled partition with the GUID option selected. The installer goes through the copying of files normally but right before the reboot I get the following screen:



    When I reboot, the new OS starts to boot but takes an awfully long time to boot if it's going to at all. I have tried this now with two different hard drives, and two sets of OSX installation media and it's always the same outcome. This is driving me a bit crazy because I've put new hard drives in Macs for years and this is not exactly a new process for me -- it just ain't working this time.

    TIA.

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    Are you just removing the partitions, or are you doing a full "erase" from Disk utility.
    But if you say you've tried 2 harddrives as well - weird!

    Buggy install dvd maybe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aptmunich View Post
    Are you just removing the partitions, or are you doing a full "erase" from Disk utility.
    But if you say you've tried 2 harddrives as well - weird!

    Buggy install dvd maybe?
    I completely removed the the linux partitions and created a single new OSX partition on both drives. The drive that's in the machine now is a SSD that was brand new. I also bought a third shrink wrapped installation DVD for Leopard because I thought my other two might be the problem, all to no avail.

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    Did you purchase a Snow Leopard "Upgrade" package?
    Is it possible that the SL is looking for an existing copy of the previous OSx?

    Just a thought

    DavidH

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidHH View Post
    Did you purchase a Snow Leopard "Upgrade" package?
    Is it possible that the SL is looking for an existing copy of the previous OSx?

    Just a thought

    DavidH
    Thanks for the input but no I have two store bought Full (not upgrade) 10.6 Family pack DVDs both yield the same result.

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    Try resetting the PRAM/NVRAM. Linux sometimes does funny things to a Mac. I've seen some real odd things happen after an install of Linux or even a dual boot with Linux and OS X. Anyway, give that a try and let us know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    Try resetting the PRAM/NVRAM. Linux sometimes does funny things to a Mac. I've seen some real odd things happen after an install of Linux or even a dual boot with Linux and OS X. Anyway, give that a try and let us know.
    We have a winner, that cleared it right up. Thank you so much for your help.

    Jamie

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    OK. Glad you're up and running. Hopefully you're over any Linux desires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    OK. Glad you're up and running. Hopefully you're over any Linux desires.
    I'm happy to have OSX back on my machine. While I do like some flavors of Linux, I think that OSX is a better implementation of Unix than all of them.

    Thanks again for your help.

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