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Macbook 2009 Blank Hard drive what os do i need


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hi, ive gotten a 2009 macbook 13" with a blank hardrive. ive tried to install many different versions of OSX snow leopard. 10.5.6, 1.6 come up with a kernel error asking me to restart the macbook. 10.6.7 (which was the osx i was told was on there) loads but then after asking for the language it says cannot install this version of OSX on the computer.

I have no clue what i need to get this working, any help would be appreciated
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You're probably going to be limited to 10.6+. Not sure where you got that disc from, but it sounds like you may have borrowed it. You need a full retail disc. The gray "system discs" are tailored to the machine they were sold with.

Apple can sell you replacement system discs if you give them a call, or you can just purchase the retail version of Snow Leopard (10.6) for $29.

It would be handy to have those system discs, because they come with diagnostics and the iLife suite, which is a big part of owning a Mac (IMO).

Good luck.

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Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
Build: 10A432 "Golden Master"
i got told this is the final retail by a friend who lent me this disc but it comes up, this computer needs to be restarted hold down the power button or press the restart button
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Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
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i got told this is the final retail by a friend who lent me this disc but it comes up, this computer needs to be restarted hold down the power button or press the restart button
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why waste $30 if it wont even work though?
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why waste $30 if it wont even work though?
I guess you're at a bit of an impasse. You don't want to spend $30 to see if this MacBook works...but you won't know if the MacBook works if you don't spend the $30 for a genuine OS install disk.

How much did you pay for the 2009 MacBook? Isn't investing $30 for an OS install disk worth it?? According to the story so far...the only reason you've had troubles is because you're not using the proper OS install disk.

If you don't want to spend $30 for an OS install disk...I guess you have a nice doorstop or drink coaster!

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why waste $30 if it wont even work though?
Well, we don't permit discussion of illegal activity, including software piracy on this forum - so I'd say, $30 will buy you some darned good technical support at the very least

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Just pay for a good, safe and legal install and we will be more then happy to help you out. If it is a legal copy then it will install on the machine just fine.
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