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How can I make my Compaq Presario CQ60 laptop boot Snow Leopard from a USB Flash Drive?

Asked by PeterM11 (7points) June 13th, 2010

Alright, I have a MacBook Pro and it came with a Snow Leopard disc so don’t worry, I have a retail copy.

I have an old (old because I don’t use it, only a year or two old really) Compaq Presario CQ60 laptop and I decided I wanted to install Snow Leopard onto it for various reasons including boredom.

I was following this guide:

I copied everything to the flash drive correctly and that’s about where it ends so far for me.

My laptop doesn’t have the same BIOS setup as the computer used in the instructions but I was told that that shouldn’t matter much. Otherwise here’s what happens:
I’ve set my BIOS to boot from USB first.
I then plugged in my flash drive to the laptop and start it up. It comes to this screen and just sits there:
It’s a black screen with the following displayed:
boot0: GPT
boot0: testing
boot0: testing
boot0: done
And like I said, it just sits on that screen.

I’d really like to know how I can fix this. If someone could post step by step instructions for how to do the BIOS that would be greatly appreciated. The BIOS says InsydeH20 at the top of the screen.

I’m not sure what other information I can provide so I’ll end it here.

Please help me get this done because I really want to put this old laptop to use but I want to get OS X on it first for easier use.

Thanks for any and all help!

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2 Answers

funnynerd's avatar

I don’t think that you can use Snow Leopard on a PC. I would call Apple support to be sure though.

jaytkay's avatar

Apple does not support that and will not help. Your specific hardware matters a lot. It won’t work on most PCs.

I would look around here.

And specifically the Hardware Compatibility List where you can see what other people have tried.

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