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Have an older MacBook Pro Core Duo (not Core 2 Duo), 2Ghz (32Bit), 2GB RAM, 250GB HD, ATI Radeon x1600 with 256MB RAM.

Did clean install of Snow. During install created new partition to remove previous install.

So far experience with 10.6 has not been great. During update could not install combo update unless downloaded and then installed. During xcode install (3.2.6 with ios 4.3) also crashed. Uninstalled and Reinstalled just in case, but both times first install crashed @ 98% and installed fine on second try.

Did all tests and repairs with it only complaining about symlink files.

Worried that although Snow does install, dev work on this setup will be painful. Should I just go back to 10.5?

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None of what you are describing is normal at all. I'd start again from scratch trying to investigate what's the culprit. –  Martín Marconcini Jun 22 '11 at 18:25
    
Maybe you could add some words in your sentences, that would make the whole thing more readable ... –  Cedric H. Sep 20 '11 at 19:22
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Creating a new partition for SL and then removing your old partition of Leo was not a good idea. You should have used the update option to upgrade Leo. Or if you felt more comfortable performing a clean installation, you should have saved your personal data and formatted the entire drive and then have used Migration Assistant to carry over your profile. Deleting and shifting the system partition is not wise; OS X doesn't like it. –  cksum Sep 20 '11 at 19:25
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Did Installer give you a specific error or was it an actual all out crash (with crash report)? You can find out more by checking the log window in Installer. It's hard to tell but if you've had issues installing items, there's something broken with your Snow Leopard installation. What format is your drive (HFS or UFS, Journaled or not, Case-sensitive or not)

If you haven't already, try the following:

  1. Repair Disk Permissions (gasp an actual valid use for it)
  2. Check your Disk using Disk Utility as well
  3. Check out /var/log/install.log (you can use Console.app) to see what kind of errors
  4. If Installer was actually crashing, check out the crash log (you can find it using Console.app - it may be under ~/Library/Logs/CrashReporter or /Library/Logs/CrashReporter). There's another question here that explains How to read a crash report
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nothing in CrashReporter logs. But in install.log - Begin script: usbmuxdpost then ./postinstall: launchctl: Couldn't start ("//System/Library/LaunchAgenst/com.apple.MDCrashReportd.plist"): No such file or directory –  pcasa Apr 23 '11 at 18:05
    
The hardware seems to be good enough for Snow Leopard. Perhaps it has something to do with the installation media. Are you using an original installation DVD? –  karmatic May 23 '11 at 18:49
    
@karmatic, I ran SL with a MBP1,1 (1.83Ghz) for years. No problems whatsoever. The system is more than capable of running SL. –  cksum Sep 20 '11 at 19:19
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