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So I seem to not have my Snow Leopard DVD available anywhere.

I can't use a newer version like Lion.

What can I do to repair/recover Snow Leopard now that the installation DVD is not available?

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Do you live near an Apple Store? They can probably sort you out. –  Dan J Aug 10 '12 at 16:47
Have you determined what sort of repair is needed? Do you want to run Disk Utility or reinstall the software? –  bmike Aug 10 '12 at 17:09

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If you computer not booting is the reason you need your Snow Leopard disc, there are several things to try and troubleshoot your issue.

  1. Boot into single user mode (Cmd + S @ POST (chime)). Once the command prompt comes up, type fsck -fy. This will attempt to repair your disk.

  2. If this is okay, hold down Shift at POST and see if it boots. This disables kexts, fonts, etc.

  3. If this does not work try verbose mode (Cmd + V @ POST) and see where your computer stops loading at and troubleshoot from there.

Good luck.

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