Mac os x snow leopard cannot be installed on this computer

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JavaScript is disabled. For a better experience, please enable JavaScript in your browser before proceeding. Joined Aug 5, Messages 1, You can install I'm not even seeing the available volumes, it's not going to that step. The Install disc I'm using is a So, based on these images you are not seeing a menubar as you should? Are you booting from a completely separate disk like a DVD or a flash drive?

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This will not work if you are trying to boot from that third partition you have. You need to boot from a separate drive. Otherwise, I don't see why it won't work having done this dozens of times myself.


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Every avenue I take this doesn't seem to work. It's possible that the copy of the image I have doesn't work right. Well, the images you have posted are not the same as what I saw on my computer. There is a menubar at the top of the screen. Once you click the Continue button at the bottom of the language screen, the next screen is where you would select the destination and has three buttons: Back, Options, and Continue.

I don't see any of those in your second image. The only thing that comes to mind is that the Snow Leopard disk you are using is an "Upgrade" disk, not a full installer disk. If so, then it will only upgrade an existing Leopard or Snow Leopard system. Is the disk a gray or white disk. Gray disk is the original that came with the macbook but it has to be for your specific model macbook.

Disc for another model will give you that error. The white would be a retail version that should install.

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Also where did you get the installer image from? The image might just be for another mac. May 14, PM. What really freaked me out was when it said "Mac OS Version: not yet set" second last 2 lines and I rebooted my mac and it showed a folder with a question mark in the middle. Jul 2, PM. You might want to start your own post since this one is from last year. A new post would be much more visible. You can link to this one. Install OSX Restrictions.

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Browse Search. Ask a question. User profile for user: Tnelson Tnelson Goes to the screen "Preparing for installation" then says "Mac OS X Cannot be installed on this computer" I also put the installer on a separate partition as well on the internal HDD, but got the same results. Is there something in the Current OS that is preventing me from doing this? More Less. Helpful answers Drop Down menu. Sam Wallace. Ok, I don't consider myself to be a newbie at this by any means Instead of starting a new thread on the same question, I will piggyback on this one Backstory: One day, no sure why This is similar to what I've seen with water damaged machines I ran many many fsck -y in single user mode to get it to only 2 files and directories that were out of order.

This only worked for a few days before I got an error that ran continuously until the power was pulled saying that there was a run time error and that fsck should be run on next boot. This happened the day before my new HD arrived. I was planning on installing the OS on there and booting from that and performing a clean install. It wouldn't have mattered It will charge the drive and cell phones I could not get the machine to boot into internet recovery mode or to the hardware test.

I first booted up from the Install DVD that came in the mail I entered DU and cleaned the HD and ran the repairs Then I attempted to install I get the message "OS X can not be installed on this computer.

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I reboot Then I switch the HD for the new one I get the same " I call Apple, they suggested that I get SnowLeopard It won't even recognize that as a bootable drive. I get the "? Folder" at startup after the disc spins for about minutes. They sent me 3 discs after I called again. I feel that if they sent me a CD version of the install disc Still I find it strange that the