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Thread: MacBook Pro - mid 2010 - Reinstalling Snow Leopard

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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    The Apple retail Snow Leopard disk currently being sold by Apple is 10.6.3. ($19.99)
    Good to know, A little googling came up with this thread on Apple's discussions which indicates that for any machine that shipped with 10.6.3 or higher (which would include the OP's MBP) even the 10.6.3 retail disk will not work and you need the disks that originally came with that model.

    Use the correct 10.6 disk to install Snow Leopard



    Use the free MacTracker to find your model of Mac, you can gleam the model from your Apple Menu > About this Mac > More information and look for something like "MacBook Pro 3,1" and punch that into MacTracker.



    There are basically two types of 10.6 install disks, the gray or black machine specfic ones that came with a new Mac (free iLife) or the 10.6.3 retail disks (no free iLife).



    You can't use another model of Mac's 10.6 machine specific disks with another Mac, there isn't hardware drivers on those disks that will work on other Mac's.



    If a Mac came pre-installed or from the factory with 10.6.3 or later, you cannot use the 10.6.3 retail disks (no iLife) from Apple online, you have to call Apple for your 10.6.3+ machine specific install disks (free iLife included)
    That document indicates that you can request the machine specific disks from Apple, but it is also 5 years old so I'm not sure if you can still do that or not. If Apple can't provide them anymore I bet you could ask around either on here or search ebay and find them.

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    That document indicates that you can request the machine specific disks from Apple, but it is also 5 years old so I'm not sure if you can still do that or not. If Apple can't provide them anymore I bet you could ask around either on here or search ebay and find them.

    So if the SL disk and/or image isn't working for that Mac model, give Apple a call for the correct one.

    The last time I had to do that for my mid-2011 27" iMac, they sent me a special "non-retail" 10.6,6 or 10.6.7 Snow Leopard disk. But that's also a year later than your Mac model.

    I'd be very surprised if they couldn't provide a compatible SL install disk.




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    Thanks for the reply.
    I should have expanded in my first post since I did say that startup whilst pressing C, ended up with just a light grey screen with the Aoole logo. Even after holding C down for a long time.
    I also started with OPT held down, I got the install disk showing but choosing that gave the same result as the C option. A light grey screen with the Apple logo - even after holding the OPT key down for a long time. I did try this several times.

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    Thanks pm-r & mrkramer.
    Wrote my last post before yours came through - I'll call Apple. I'll post the result.
    Thanks again

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