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Snow Leopard Install Error!


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Hi all,
Just recently I purchased a MacBook from Macofalltrades. It came with Leopard, so I went out to Best Buy to buy the Snow Leopard OS.

I was upgrading with Software Update and I accidentally shut the system down while the update was just finishing (like 99.7%).

So when I went to turn my Mac back on it stalled at the grey screen, no Apple logo, no scroll wheel thingy.

I tried repairing, fixing permissions, and whatever else you can do to a hard drive in disk utility. Finally, I erased and repartitioned and the Install still wouldn't go through.

So I'm wondering if I shutdown during some sort of firmware update or if the hdd that Macofalltrades just failed.

I also tried the firmware recovery route, but I'm pretty sure I'm not doing it right or it's just not working... idk

Some of the errors I get when I try to install SL are:
Looking for system packages
no system packages found
No or Invalid system receipts found on /Volumes/Untitled
Finding system files...
Writing system path cache.
Error writing cache...

I've also tried PRAM and NVRAM resets. And switching out the RAM.

Help?
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Hmmm. I assume you can boot from the install DVDs? I suggest running the Apple Hardware Test and check everything out thoroughly. You'll need the original gray install discs that shipped with that computer originally.
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Also run Disk Utility from the install disc and run the "Verify Disk" option. Let us know the results.

BTW… when you say you erased and repartitioned the drive, I assume you did that while booted from the DVD? Or some other way like in Target Disk Mode while connected to another Mac?
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