Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6) was the seventh major release of the OS X series.

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White MacBook ca 2009/2010 slower and vibrating

I have scoured the net for some advice on a recent issue with my MacBook. It was for several years fast and silent but now the browser (fx 18.0.2) is perceptibly slower and there is a hum where I ...
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Restore OS X 10.6 Time Machine backup to OS X 10.8 iMac

I just got a new iMac and have tried to use Time Machine from Snow Leopard, but Mountain Lion does not see the older back up (it is on a USB drive). All of my music and photos are in my back up and my ...
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How to interact with application across spaces and save the workspace?

Using Mac 10.6.8 here. So I have Chrome in Space2, and Devonthink in Space1. I wanted to drag the URL from Chrome to Devonthink. Can't think of a easier way other than to drag Chrome to space 1, ...
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Toggling internet sharing when ethernet cable dis/connected

The room where I'm staying has an ethernet connection, so when I'm there I turn on internet sharing so that my Kindle and phone will have a WiFi connection. But when I'm at work I have to use Airport ...
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Found bizarre signed exceptions under com.apple.alf.plist

In the never-ending quest to track down odd errors on my late 2008 MBP, running 10.6.8, I have recently noticed that I have several .plist files are created anew several times a day. The list varies, ...
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Snow Leopard Airport Join preferred device-based network

Is it possible to auto-join device-based networks on Snow Leopard (i.e. preferred)? For example, by device-based network, I mean either a printer or an ad-hoc network.
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Are there steps for troubleshooting Time Machine on Snow Leopard that I have missed?

I have had ongoing problems with TM since installing a new HDD in late May. The problems have been varied, and for a while all backups were taking about 2 hours. Now things have "stabilized" and ...
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Floppy disk became unreadable after initializing it in an old Mac

I'm trying to pass some files from a MacBook Pro with Snow Leopard to an old LC 630 with an HD floppy drive and a CD optical reader. As Snow Leopard cannot burn a CD with the HFS (Mac OS Standard) ...
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Mac OS X custom keyboard shortcuts

Whenever I set a custom keyboard shortcut in Mac OS X (10.6.8) for a menu item, I cannot use it until I open its menu by clicking on it at least once. This happens every time I launch an app and ...
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iPad sync by iTunes works with Lion but not Snow Leopard

When I hook up my new iPad to my MacBook Pro (running Snow Leopard) with iTunes, I can sync contacts and my calendar but not music or podcasts. There is no error message, it just doesn't transfer the ...
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Chinese IME - Change the font used in the suggestions list

Is there a way to change what font is used to display the 'suggestions' list in OS-X 10.6+ when using the Chinese IME (simplified)? I've looked around in the preferences (particulary 'Candidate ...
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How can I execute key shortcuts that use characters requiring Shift, like #?

I have a 2011 13" MacBook Pro and I'm using Snow Leopard. When I program, I use Eclipse. Recently, I installed a plugin and I wanted to use a key shortcut rather than navigating 3 menus every time to ...
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Clean Install Snow Leopard without Disk — Build 10K549

I have a MacBook Pro (13-inch, Early 2011) -- shipped with Snow Leopard (Lion hadn't come out yet) -- that I need to wipe and reinstall. This is for security/privacy/performance purposes, so the goal ...
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Printing from Safari cuts lines on page breaks

When I print from safari on 10.6 and 10.7 sometimes the top half of the line is printed on one page and the bottom half is printed on the next. This seems to be independent of the printer as the pdf ...
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Mac OS X 10.6 on MacBook Pro won't reinstall

The optical drive on my buddy's MacBook Pro died at the same time the OS failed, so I have to reinstall the OS through my external USB CD Drive that is Mac compatible. I have the Snow Leopard OS X ...
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Snow Leopard Preview Update

Snow Leopard Preview does not show some PDF (Version 1.7) although these can be viewed in Lion. Is there an upgrade? After all Version 1.7 is a 2006 ISO Standard
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Closing Safari quickly — without Webpage Preview Fetcher?

For the past few months, attempting to close Safari normally (Command-Q) quickly closes open browser windows, but takes forever (~10+ min) to fully close, if it closes at all. A look at the Activity ...
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Snow Leopard Server - Error uploading videos to wiki from IE

We are running a Mac server (10.6) in our school district to share videos that teachers have created. I have found that Internet Explorer and Firefox could have a problem viewing the videos, but have ...
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Problems with AirPort on Snow Leopard (MacBook White)

Several days ago I performed a clean installation of Snow Leopard on my MacBook White (late 2009). As usual, everything works marvelous - except for the wireless connection to the internet. It keeps ...
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Photoshop CS5 and Wacom - all menus grayed when App focus changed

Occasionally, when I switch (via ⌘ cmd+⇥ Tab or Expose) from Photoshop to another App then back - all of the Photoshop menu items are grayed (inactive state). You can still issue hotkey commands like ...
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Monodevelop on OS X and Displaying UTF-8

Does using Copy or paste cause monodevelop to crash, or is it just me? If you have Monodevelop installed, please can you test this, I fount that both shortcuts and from the menus cause it to crash. I ...
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Disk Utilities verifies disk with no repairs needed, but Mount says disk must be repaired

I was transferring some files off an old FireWire drive yesterday, but when I turn on the drive today it doesn't automount. I go to Disk Utility and see the drive, try to mount it, and get this ...
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Deleted some files while cleaning image folder…How to fix MacBook A1181 core 2 duo?

I was "cleaning up" MacBook A1181 Core 2 Duo with upgrade to Snow Leopard. I must have accidentally deleted some important files when I trashed the images in the pictures folder. Safari icon ...
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iMac 24" 2.16 ghz core2duo

I'm trying to install Snow Leopard but iMac won't boot from the install disk. I've also tried booting from a flash drive with Snow Leopard Install on it with no luck. It also will not boot from the ...
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Recover folder hierarchy, file names, file metadata from drive?

I'm posting this on AD because I'm using a Mac (Yosemite) to do the job. This is the situation: Friend 1 has a 600GB external HDD (FAT 32 formatted) that he has been using with Windows 7. With ...
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Mac Pro going to Sleep

We have an old Mac Pro (Dual-Core Intel Xeon) running OS X 10.6.8 acting as a server. For some reason this machine keeps going to sleep or hibernation - after 10-15 minutes the fans die down, monitor ...
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Issue with libcurl.4.dylib

I'm trying to run Photo Grabbr to bulk download from Flickr but I can't get it to run on Snow Leopard Server (10.6.8). I get the following error in the problem report: Process: Photo Grabbr ...
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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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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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OpenVPN JSONDialog error on OS X Snow Leopard

I've been using OpenVPN for a few weeks on Snow Leopard with no problems, but just recently it began giving me a long (dozens of lines) error when I attempt to connect. It starts with: "Unexpected ...
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Can I use Migration Assistant to go from a Case-Sensitive machine to a Case-Insensitive one?

I have a machine with 10.6.8 case-sensitive, journalled, and will be upgrading to a newer refurbished machine with 10.8+ case-insensitive, journalled? I need case-insensitive to be able to run newer ...
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Install Mavericks on Mac Mini with a completly formatted hard disk

I have an older Mac Mini with Snow Leopard installed on it. When I was upgrading to Mavericks, the installation was stuck and the MacMini didn't start any more. I didn't know about Recovery etc. So ...
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Selling old Macbook pro 1,1, need to re-format the drive

I have an old MacBook pro currently running snow leopard. I have a time-machine back up disk, but is there a way to reformat everything, leave the OS on the machine, then sell it? The original ...
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Snow Leopard meets El Capitan: disaster?

My Machine: MacPro4,1, Quad-Core Intel Xeon 3,32 GHz, 32 GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 video PCI, Sonnet USB3 PCI card I've been trying to install Snow Leopard in one of my empty internal drives ...
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OSX 10.5.8 to 10.6.3 upgrade issue

I have an Apple iMac which has 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4GB 1067MHz DDR3 memory, running OSX 10.5.8. I am trying to install Snow Leopard 10.6.3 to I can jump to a more current OS. When I insert the ...
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Mac Pro 2007 running OS X Server 10.6.8 on its last legs, transfer data permission issue

Trying to copy files off a Mac Pro 2007 running server 10.6.8 that is dying. Thankfully I can still see it on the network, but won't let me copy all files due to permissions. I am throwing it away but ...
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Unable to mount a drive booted to Mac OS X 10.6.3

I have a MacBook. I used BOOTCAMP to install Windows on this. It was successful. I put some data on the Windows volume. Then I reinstalled OS X but forgot to backup my Windows files. Now the drive ...
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Upgrading from OSX 10.5.8 to 10.6 (Snow Leopard)

I own an iMac (Early 2008) running Mac OSX 10.5.8 and I want to upgrade it to 10.6 (Snow Leopard) using a USB Stick. I can run the installation program when I boot from the USB-Stick, but there is no ...
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Scrolling on Opera/Chrome response time slow on Snow Leopard

I start scrolling (on the trackpad) and it takes a bit for the scroll bar to move and scroll. An input lag. It also is not smooth. It does not change if I use a mouse. For some reason, it only lags on ...
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Diagnosing why a mac needs safe mode to boot

"Fresh" install of snow leopard 10.6 needs safe mode to boot. It's a 2006 24" iMac and I can't upgrade the software to lion since it's not availiable on app store (I don't really want to shell out any ...
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Custom screen resolution for a VirtualBox Mac guest?

TL;DR - How do I set a custom screen resolution for a VirtualBox Mac guest? I'm in a situation where I need to keep Snow Leopard (Mac OS X 10.6.8) alive in a VirtualBox setup to run some legacy ...
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How do I get apple hardware test/diagnostics for MacBook Pro 17" mid 2009 (5,2) after clean install of Mavericks?

I clean installed Mavericks and put all my files back on the laptop thereafter. I have no access to Apple Hardware Test or diagnostics whatsoever. How do I obtain that? My original disks that came ...
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Debug why USB drive is ignored as a bootable device?

I created a USB drive with 'El Capitan' on it, as described here, which uses mostly these directions, "option 2: Use Disk Utility." I now have a USB key with "Mac OS Extended" format and 7.8G of ...
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Error 43, unable to open files on external hard drive using Preview

Using Snow Leopard 10.6.8 I can't access files with Preview on my 2011 WD myBook 1TB external hard drive. When I try to open a file it says "application can't be found" follows up with "an ...
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MacBook Pro running OS X 10.6.8 “Snow Leopard” will not reboot past grey Apple logo screen

I have a Late-2006 Macbook Pro running 10.6.8 "Snow Leopard" (I know it's on borrowed time); I got the shut down screen and rebooted to no avail, stuck on grey Apple logo. It will not boot in safe ...
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How can I get OS X to remember my WiFi networks after visiting the Apple store?

Every time my MacBook Pro (running 10.6.8) goes to the Apple store for service, it comes back working fine (or, at least: no worse than before) - except it no longer knows about any WiFi networks. ...
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iMAC MC508LL/A new hard drive, cannot install from disc

I was trying to repair a friends iMac with a failed hard disc. I bought a 500GB 850Evo SSD to replace the failed hard disc and installed it using the OWC kit. Now I am trying to get it started up. I ...
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Installing Windows 7 x32 using Boot Camp assistant 3.0.4 on Snow Leopard

I want to install windows 7. But whenever I proceed to the install window through Boot Camp assistant, it ends up with a message saying that I have no space on startup disk and it requires 10 GB, even ...
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CPU hogging under OSX 10.6.8

Still running 10.6.8. However recent behaviour has been troublesome: the machine is manifesting memory issues. Activity monitor shows Safari Web Content hogging huge amounts of CPU, but that's not ...
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Why does my MacBook Pro (mid 2010) not boot OS X 10.9.2?

My MacBook Pro mid 2010 does not boot anymore from the HDD with installed OS X 10.9.2. I came across this solution which is clearing the NVRAM, but my Mac keeps showing the Apple logo and a spinning ...