View Full Version : Tiger to Snow Leopard Upgrade

30th May 2010, 03:00 PM
I have a housemate with a MacBook intel that is still running Tiger. He got an iPad yesterday and of course Tiger wont run it.

I couldn't find my Snow Leopard upgrade disc yesterday but could find my Leopard. I inserted the disc and it's very slow and it took a few goes including ejecting the disc a few times to get even the first screen. We tried a music CD in the drive and it works perfectly.

I then tried the installation disc with Snow Leopard I got with my MacBook Pro less than a year ago and it did the same thing.

He went to Domayne just now on the way home from work and they sold him a disc with Snow Leopard iLife and iWork on it for $229 :eek:

They said this would work???

Anyway before he opens the new disc and tries it I'm wondering what you guys think? Will it work like the Apple guy at Domayne thinks?

Tks in advance

30th May 2010, 03:08 PM
According to the Apple website, iPad just needs 10.5.8 (Leopard), and iTunes 9.1. There should be a cheaper and easier way to getting there than purchasing iWork.

30th May 2010, 03:09 PM
Thanks snark. Thats what I think. I'm reluctant to open this new one for him as I don't think it will work where my Leopard upgrade disc wont.

30th May 2010, 03:22 PM
As you said, the problem was not that the upgraded failed because it was incompatible with Tiger, but because of problems reading the DVD.

Has the optical drive been used a lot for burning? It could be having problems reading disks (DVDs having higher data density than CDs)

30th May 2010, 03:30 PM
According to the owner he has never burned a disc on it at all.

My Leopard disc has been in now for about 10 minutes and the Mac OS X
install box is open but with nothing in it.

When we first put the disc in it auto ejected about 3 times before it would stay in.

30th May 2010, 04:21 PM
Can you do a remote install from your machine to his via target mode or remote disc?

30th May 2010, 05:25 PM
Can you do a remote install from your machine to his via target mode or remote disc?

A what?? :p

That sounds a bit out of my league! We have an appointment at the Genius bar at Bondi on Wednesday so hopefully that will get it sorted. Thanks for all the suggestions. We got his iPad up and running off my machine so at least that's working ok. :D

30th May 2010, 09:42 PM
Try these links

How to use and troubleshoot FireWire target disk mode (http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1661)

Installing Snow Leopard: What you need to know | Mac OS X | Macworld (http://www.macworld.com/article/142454/2009/08/install_snow_leopard.html)
about half way down for this one

Sharing DVDs or CDs with Remote Disc (http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1131)

DVD or CD Sharing Setup Update for Mac (http://support.apple.com/downloads/DVD_or_CD_Sharing_Setup_Update_for_Mac)

Have a read it is easy as all you need for target mode is a firewire cable depending on your model of macs either firewire 400 or 800 it is safe to get a firewire 400 cable with 2 firewire 800 adapters otherwise remote install is less complex but takes longer
good luck

6th June 2010, 04:55 AM
If I was having that many problems loading a disk to install Snow Leopard and a friend already has a Mac with SL installed, I would just clone his disk to a 320GB. Since MacBook drives ( not the unibody ) are so easy to switch out, I would then just exchange the cloned drive with the one you want to upgrade. The old one pulled out can then be used as a backup drive. I've done this on new Mac laptops and even my new MacBook Pro which was more work but now I have a larger drive in it. The cloned drive should start up with no problems. At least, they always have with a MBP, MB, and an older iBook. Just make sure when you clone the drive you set it up to be bootable.