Results 1 to 9 of 9
  1. #1


    Member Since
    Oct 15, 2012
    Posts
    4
    Mac OS X 10.6 cannot be installed on this computer
    Hi All,

    I have a 24" iMac intel core 2 duo (2007) running OS X 10.5.8 (Leopard I assume). I bought a Snow Leopard OS X 10.6 install disc off ebay, they came from the states and they look original, I checked them against my original 10.5 discs. I simply want to upgrade but it's not allowing me to as per the message above. I don't know if it makes any difference but I'm in the UK and my iMac has ample memory. Any ideas people? What am I missing here?

  2. #2

    Raz0rEdge's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jul 17, 2009
    Location
    MA
    Posts
    8,542
    Specs:
    27" i7 iMac, 24" iMac, 13" Macbook Air, iPhone 6S, iPod Nano 7th GeniPad 3
    Is it a gray disc or retail disc like the one below? You want the retail disc, the gray discs are machine specific and will only work with the machine it came with..



    You DON'T want these:

    --
    Regards
    ...Ashwin



    Be sure to read the Community Guidelines | The more information you provide, the better answers you get, remember GIGO.

  3. #3


    Member Since
    Oct 15, 2012
    Posts
    4
    Ah, they're the gray ones. The seller assured me they were for an iMac but I'm guessing your saying that these discs are for the mac they came with on day one?

  4. #4

    louishen's Avatar
    Member Since
    Oct 22, 2007
    Location
    London
    Posts
    8,968
    Specs:
    Mac Mini Core i7 2012 | White 2009 MacBook 2 Ghz | 733 Mhz G4 Quicksilver
    Try giving apple UK a call, they may still sell the retails copy of Snow leopard, but you wont find it on their online store

    0800 048 0408
    Member of the Month September 2008 & August 2012 | Found advice useful? use the rep system

  5. #5

    bobtomay's Avatar
    Member Since
    Dec 22, 2006
    Location
    Texas, where else?
    Posts
    26,466
    Specs:
    15" MBP '06 2.33 C2D 4GB 10.7; 13" MBA '14 1.8 i7 8GB 10.11; 21" iMac '13 2.9 i5 8GB 10.11; 6S
    Call Apple and request the retail copy of Snow Leopard. Have not seen a report of the cost in the UK, but here in the US we've seen prices of $20 & $30. They're only available by calling.
    I cannot be held responsible for the things that come out of my mouth.
    In the Windows world, most everything folks don't understand is called a virus.

  6. #6


    Member Since
    Oct 15, 2012
    Posts
    4
    I'll give them a call and see how it goes. I appreciate the help, thanks guys.

  7. #7

    Raz0rEdge's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jul 17, 2009
    Location
    MA
    Posts
    8,542
    Specs:
    27" i7 iMac, 24" iMac, 13" Macbook Air, iPhone 6S, iPod Nano 7th GeniPad 3
    That is correct..the gray discs are machine specific..and from my understanding that's machine specific down to the machine it shipped with, not just type of machine. So discs from one iMac won't work with another iMac from the same era or what have you..

    Hopefully, you didn't pay much for these gray discs, but do as louishen and bobtomay suggest to get a retail copy of SL..
    --
    Regards
    ...Ashwin



    Be sure to read the Community Guidelines | The more information you provide, the better answers you get, remember GIGO.

  8. #8


    Member Since
    Oct 15, 2012
    Posts
    4
    Well, just ordered the snow Leopard disc from Apple, only 14 shipped which is really good! It cost me $15 for the one I bought off ebay so that's a lesson learned. Thanks guys.

  9. #9

    harryb2448's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 28, 2007
    Location
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    Posts
    22,018
    Specs:
    Imac 27" Retina 5K, 512GB Flash Storage, 3.3Ghz, 16GB memory, OS X.11.5.
    Contact the seller and ask for a refund as they were advertised incorrectly. eBay abounds with this type of software.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. mac os x cannot be installed on this computer
    By arfarsh in forum OS X - Operating System
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 05-27-2012, 09:07 AM
  2. Mac OS X can't be installed on this computer
    By La82 in forum OS X - Operating System
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 04-02-2012, 08:16 AM
  3. Mac OS X can't be installed on this computer
    By sohaib in forum OS X - Operating System
    Replies: 42
    Last Post: 10-05-2011, 08:14 PM
  4. Mac OS X 10.6 cannot be installed on this computer
    By wilrab in forum OS X - Operating System
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 12-21-2009, 06:16 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •