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Create installer disk 10.6.8 on external disk

I searched StackExchange, the internet & everywhere... and I'm now wondering if it is even possible: I have an external HDD with from 10.5 - 10.11 installers on different partitions. For the 10.5 ...
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Error message, “hpPlugInInit.kext was installed improperly”

I recently bought a MacBook Air and transferred my system information and user data via Migration Assistant. I used to get error messages on my old computer like this: The system extension ...
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Install jdk 8 without admin privileges

Is there a way to install or run jdk 8 without admin privileges? I would like to compile a java project I have that requires jdk 8 on a computer that has only jdk 6 installed. I am not an ...
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To Install Latin Modern Math font in OS X

I want to have the codes of the project GUST in my OS X. Franck indicates here that the definite way is to download those fonts from there and install. However, I would like to find some packaged ...
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OS X Yosemite install error / Harddrive is used for backups?

I'm trying to install Yosemite onto a 15" Macbook Pro / Late 2008 model with OS X Mountain Lion on it. I've checked Apples site and it says I can install Yosemite on this machine with these specs. ...
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OS X installer booting instead of Macintosh HD

Accidentally closed MacBook Pro while installing El Capitan. Now only bootable disks are my bootcamp, Recovery, and OS X installer. Macintosh HD shows up in Disk Utility and I've tried repairing it, ...
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Problem with Apple ID while installing Mountain Lion

I have been having problems installing Mountain Lion for a while now. First, it was with my Apple ID, which I created myself, and during the installation process, I got an error saying that my Apple ...
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Late 2006 iMac without OS: How do I boot to reinstall?

I was given a late 2006 iMac with the hard drives erased and no OS loaded. The iMac boots to flashing folder. I purchased a Mac OS Tiger Install DVD but it is not bootable. I also have a Mac OS ...
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How can I install OS X Snow Leopard on a MacBook3,1 (late 2007) with broken optical drive?

I'd like to reinstall Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6) on and old MacBook 3,1 (late 2007). Unfortunately the optical drive is broken. I have another MacBook 7,1 (mid 2010) running OS X Yosemite. I tried ...
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Issues with Anki and BasicTeX

My last Mac worked with Anki to display LaTeX formatted equations but I am still, but I haven't been able to transfer it over. My steps thus far: I obviously downloaded and installed Anki and ...
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How to show progressbar in App store during installation?

I try to install Xcode through App store. As I found, it can take a long time (hours) while it is fully installed. Is it possible to display progressbar, how much time (estimately) is remaining to ...
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Xcode 7.2 downloading but not installing

I went through the tedious download process via App Store. The row in the App Store Updates tab said Xcode was installed. But no sign of it in Applications folder. When I go to the Purchased tab of ...
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I get a permission denied error when trying to run pip

I am trying to run the following command: pip install -U pip setuptools However, I get this error output: Requirement already up-to-date: pip in /Library/Python/2.7/site-packages Collecting ...
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How can I see if an OS X install disc is compatible with the computer I'm installing on?

I have an old Mac Mini G4. I'm trying to do a fresh OS install on it. According to my searches, the last OS version that will run on it is 10.5.8. I have several install disks lying around, which ...
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Weird Mac installer [closed]

Recently I downloaded a few thing via torrent and I have this problem with Mac installer: When I double tap to open it, it says that the image disc is damaged. So I tried to allow install ...
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How to make brew installed software take effect over the manually installed one?

I have an older version of software that I once manually installed through installation package (version 0.6.6 -- I write it down here for later discussion purpose, but the version number is not ...
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Get out of OS upgrade installer on restart?

The installer for 'El Capitan' stops and says "File system verify or repair failed. Quit the installer to restart your computer and try again." It shows a "Restart" button. When I restart, it gets ...
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Adobe CS6 installation keeps failing

On 10.10.5. Each time I try to install CS6, I get a message along the lines ofInstaller[18155] The Installer encountered an error that caused the installation to fail. Contact the software ...
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Mystery OS X Install program keeps running [duplicate]

I am regularly getting an error message from a program that purports to be an OS X Install program. I have no idea how this is starting, or where it is from, but it appears after reboots too, and I ...
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On new Mac, upgrade old Snow Leopard install or start with clean install?

I've got an old 2008 Macbook which is not eligible for upgrade to anything supported at the moment. So, I am looking to buy a new MacBook Pro. My question is, Is it better to copy/move my HDD to the ...
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How long should Boot Camp formatting selecting drive take?

I'm trying to install Windows 7 using Boot Camp Assistant. Now the boot camp is on task "Formatting the selected drive" and it has been going on three hours and it is not even on the half way. How ...
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Problem installing xcode 4.6.2 on OS X 10.8.5

I need to install Xcode 4.6.2 on Mountain Lion 10.8.5. I got the dimg file from developer.apple.com, and ran it to install. This appeared to work, but when I click the icon in Finder, I get a dialog ...
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Can't install games from iTunes to iPhone 6

I'm trying to get this game Asphalt8 on my iPhone 6 via iTunes. I have got api file from my file and able to see it in iTunes, but once I select install it just appears on my iTunes' right side screen ...
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Yosemite Install or post-install Boot-up Frozen

The screen I'm on does not have a time remaining estimate, that was the prior screen. This one simply shows the Apple logo and a plain status bar with no percentage or time indicator. Perhaps it's ...
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How do I activate an iPhone 3Gs without iTunes or WiFi?

Is it possible to activate and use my iPhone 3Gs (A1303) without using iTunes? I think it is important, not to connect it to a WiFi cause I don't want to update it in any way. When I connect to a ...
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pkg installer hangs regardless of software

I'm trying to install several PKGs on OSX El Capitan (10.11.2). Trustworthy stuff like Java, Git, XQuartz, etc. However, when I try to open a PKG (the usual way, by right-clicking it), the installer ...
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Problems installing OSX on SSD

I've tried four different SSDs over the last few months, on two separate Macs, and have been unsuccessful in getting OS X installed on any of them. The first was an OCW, the second and third were ...
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Cannot install Adobe CS5 - install hangs at calculating time

I am not able to install any of the Adobe CS5 software. The installer hangs when calculating time. Here's what I found in the installer log: [ 0] Mon Oct 3 21:22:13 2011 INFO ::START ...
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Install Ubuntu on Yosemite

I created a bootable thumb drive using the instructions here: How to create a bootable USB stick on OS X. I installed the 32bit and 64bit version. I got a MacBook Pro (15" End 2011) Processor 2,2 GHz ...
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MacBook Pro 2008 stuck in OS X Mavericks installation

I want to make a clean OS X Mavericks install on a MacBook Pro 2008 (A1278). I don't have the installation disc anymore. Because the OS is already wiped out, I can only try (a) Recovery, (b) internet ...
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how to fix my MacBook Pro

when i boot up my macbook it flashes a file with a question mark i think i somehow erased some of my files or maybe cus i (or my mom) accidently closed the lid while in recovery. i have done ...
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Fresh Install of OS but what about the apps?

I currently have OS X El Capitan installed on my iMac I have backed up the whole HD to my 3TB NAS using "Timemachine". I have formatted a USB flash with the El CApitan installer on it ready to ...
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Slow install (hours-days) of El Capitan on 2009 macbook pro SSD

Ok, the details: Mid-2009 Macbook Pro, previously running Lion on native HDD just fine. Installed TRION 100 OCZ SSD, booted with external USB El Capitan installer. Used the installer to format and ...
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Bootcamp: Windows installer couldn't find drivers. I placed them on the installer USB. Where should they go?

I have a Late-2013 model 15 inch rMBP, with El Capitan. I downloaded a Windows 7 64bit ISO from Microsoft. Opened up Bootcamp Assistant, created a bootable Flash drive, and downloaded the Windows ...
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Make BootCamp work without external drive

I've just read that since ElCap's release it is possible on some Macs to install Windows without DVD nor USB drive, just by providing ISO file. My MBP8,1 is quite old, though, and it is old enough to ...
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Stetting up your Mac install phase is taking a long time; save to reboot?

A friend of mine just got a new iMac from Best Buy. Installation phase went fine (I'm pretty sure OS came installed). She got to the "Setting up your Mac" phase and it's been stuck for about 3 hours ...
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El Capitan update 10.11.1 stuck at installing update in app store

When installing the update for El capitan it got stuck at installing in app store. It has said "Installing - less then a minute" in several hours. Can I somehow restart or redo the install/update?
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How to install Windows on a MacBook without Bootcamp parallely?

Recently my Mac got erased while trying to format the partiton. So i was trying to install windows 8.1 on my MacBook Pro. I can't use Bootcamp as there is no OS X in my Mac. The Internet Recovery is ...
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2011 Macbook Pro - reinstall OS X in single-user mode?

I'm working on a friend's 2011 MBP. It's got the oh-so-common issue of the discrete graphics chip being busted, so GUI is hit and miss (most of the time it misses). The current installation has been ...
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Troubleshooting installing Xcode updates, stuck

I am trying to install the upgrades to Xcode, Xcode version 7.2. Unfortunately, the App Store shows that this installation has been "Installing --- less than a minute" for over four hours. It ...
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Installing Adobe Reader without granting full administrative privileges

I agree with the OP of the question How can I open a .pkg file manually? that it is not so nice to grant administrative privileges to software that you do not trust "completely". The following ...
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Problem with installing grunt (lodash@0.9.2)

I have iMac (ElCapitan) for few days and I try to install all needs for my work (templating for WordPress). I try to install grunt, but I got WARN messages in terminal and I am absolutely out of what ...
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pkgbuild created package does not install correctly

Have now used pkgbuild/productbuild to create a product archive, consisting of three packages (application, uninstaller, KEXT), that according to installer installs fine, no errors. The KEXT is ...
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MacTex: `Command not found`

The issue I just downloaded MacTex (link; I am on Mac OSX 10.11.1). After installing MacTex, I opened the LuaTex.tex example and tried to typeset it (after selecting LuaLaTex). The yellow window pops ...
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Problem installing Box Sync 4 application on El Capitan

I download the Box Sync .dmg, see the mounted installer, click on the installer, enter my password, and NOTHING happens. I have tried this myriad different ways. I have restarted the laptop several ...
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Fails to Reboot during installation of El Capitan upgrade

Downloaded El Capitan when it first became available. After downloading, I could not reboot to install the update. At some point, and I am not sure when, the update installed on it's own as my ...
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Apps don't update from App Store

I'm using a Mac Book Pro. In the app store, I click Update and it downloads for half an hour and then it starts installing and halfway through everything just stops on it's work. I've waiting an hour ...
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PackageMaker problem

I'm trying to include a KEXT in an installer package (via PackageMaker 3.0.6(201) ) but I cannot get past following error: Could not rename "Payload" There is pretty much NO INFO on this when ...
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Installing ghostscript using MacPorts fails

I recently upgraded MacOSX to version 10.9. Before I did that, i uninstalled all macports-packages using: sudo port uninstall --follow-dependencies installed Now I'm running MacPorts 2.2.1 and ...
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Upgrading and selling my MacBook, how do I clean install Lion and iLife?

I have a Unibody MacBook (late 2008) which shipped with Leopard (specs here). When I sell it, I know I can move my data and settings to my new Laptop through Migration Assistant; for the new owner, ...