"Lion", sold instead of "Snow Leopard"

10 replies [Last post]
Ron Jackson
Ron Jackson's picture
Offline
Joined: Aug 23 2007

I wanted Snow Leopard in order to be able, some time in the immediate future, to instal FCP X on my iMac.

Purchased via a seller on "Amazon" , a bit cheaper than the "Apple Store".

A plain DVD-R arrived today, after I'd had to collect from sorting office and paying 12p plus £1.00 handling for short postage. "Mac OS Lion" written on the disc with marker pen, which when inserted into the disc read "OS Lion" with the message "can't be installed on this version of Mac OS X". (mine is 10.5.8, "Leopard").

My inclination is to return for a refund plus postage and postage "fine". Don't want "Lion" just yet and anyway it seems I need "Snow Leopard" first. Suspicious of what looks like a clone and a business that doesn't appear to know the postage costs for a DVD-R.

Should I have expected (I did) pukka Apple disc-ware and is there a registration procedure with this (or these including Lion) software?

Ron

Ron Jackson

foxvideo
foxvideo's picture
Offline
Joined: Sep 9 1999

You've been had.

Lion (10.7) is ONLY available as a download officially at the moment, a USB version is due later in the year for around £60. Someone has bought it from the App store for £20.99, downloaded it, burned it to a disk (or disks) and is then selling it on illegally. There is no serial number, it can be installed on up to 5 machines through your Mac App store or iTunes account.

Snow Leopard (10.6) should come on a genuine Apple printed and pressed, not burned DVD, it does not require a serial number but does ask for your information to register with Apple, it'll automatically detect your network or WiFi and connect to Apple when you install.

Dave Farrants Fox Video Editing

Ron Jackson
Ron Jackson's picture
Offline
Joined: Aug 23 2007

Thanks. Have e-mailed the seller looking for a refund. Will delay leaving comments with Amazon until I get my money back. Have used Amazon and Amazon sellers lots and this is first problem I've had. For the sake of a couple or four quid, which is what it was, will use Apple in future though I got FCS 3 for £500 via Amazon and no problems whatsoever,

Ron

Ron Jackson

Ron Jackson
Ron Jackson's picture
Offline
Joined: Aug 23 2007

Got a fairly abusive reply from "Dr R", the seller, with a promise to refund the cost but not the extra postage costs.

Will wait to see what happens. The "Doctor" has disappeared from the Amazon site but I'll have a go at Amazon themselves . I'm surprised at how it is so easy for thieves, for want of a better word (there isn't one) can become Amazon sellers.

Expect a bit of this from E-bay but Amazon?

Ron

Ron Jackson

mooblie
mooblie's picture
Offline
Joined: Apr 27 2001

He'll probably get banned from Amazon, but just re-appear (on Amazon) under another "name" - probably already done it.

Martin - DVdoctor in moderation. Everyone is entitled to my opinion.

Ron Jackson
Ron Jackson's picture
Offline
Joined: Aug 23 2007

A refund is on the way according to Amazon. Live and learn.

So, in order to instal Lion one needs to have installed Snow Leopard? Seems a bit ponderous if it is so.

Ron

Ron Jackson

foxvideo
foxvideo's picture
Offline
Joined: Sep 9 1999

Yes, you need SL (10.6.8 updated version) to install Lion direct to your Mac from the Mac App store (a 3.5Gb download). You'll need an account and a Credit Card details on file with Apple.

There is a plan to launch Lion on a USB drive sometime later this year for around £60.

You don't need Lion to run FCPX - It'll run on SL.

Dave Farrants Fox Video Editing

HallmarkProductions
Offline
Joined: Aug 29 1999

FWIW, we are stunning Lion on our iMacs, all without problem so far.

Chris
Time for a new signature now...

SimonMW
Offline
Joined: Nov 16 2004
Quote:
Yes, you need SL (10.6.8 updated version) to install Lion direct to your Mac from the Mac App store

No, you can do a clean install. You just have to burn the downloaded disk image to a DVD instead of clicking to install it. Then you can boot from the DVD and perform a clean install of Lion without requiring Snow Leopard. This is what I did with my laptop.

foxvideo
foxvideo's picture
Offline
Joined: Sep 9 1999

Yes, what I should've said was you need SL to be able to download Lion, to then be able to upgrade or produce a disk if you want to do a clean install.

Dave Farrants Fox Video Editing

foxvideo
foxvideo's picture
Offline
Joined: Sep 9 1999

Just a 'heads up', Peter Wiggins over at fcp.co has posted a warning that many 3rd party plugins and filters are not working in FCP 6/7 with Lion.

Dave Farrants Fox Video Editing