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When reinstalling the original software on an older Core 2 Duo MacBook Air the other day, installing the OS itself (in this case, Mac OS X 10.6, which came on a tiny USB stick) went without a hitch. The USB stick's iLife installer, however, kept failing with an unknown error and told me to contact the software manufacturer.

Fortunately, that wasn't necessary.

A look at the installer log (hint within a hint: when in trouble, always check the log) revealed that the culprit was an expired installer certificate. When a certificate expires, OS X doesn't trust it anymore, and thus refuses to install.

All I had to do to work around that error was change the system date back to shortly after the MacBook Air shipped. After traveling back in time, Mac OS X trusted the iLife installer certificate, because it hadn't expired yet back then. So the installation went without a hitch, and after it was done, I changed the date back to the present.

(Note: Newer MacBook Air models let you restore iLife from the Mac App Store. This model, however, predates the Mac App Store, so I don't know whether that would have worked. And I didn't want to use my Apple ID for this anyway, as I'm about to give away the MacBook Air.)
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Work around an iLife installer error when restoring a Core 2 Duo MacBook Air
Authored by: Qsevenof9 on Jul 14, '12 07:13:12AM

For the newbies, could you explain how to access the installer log?

Thanks!



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Work around an iLife installer error when restoring a Core 2 Duo MacBook Air
Authored by: dethbunny on Jul 14, '12 03:53:08PM

Alternately, just install the update that was released to address this problem.

http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1512



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Work around an iLife installer error when restoring a Core 2 Duo MacBook Air
Authored by: Peter Maurer on Jul 16, '12 01:58:32PM

@Qsevenof9: It's in Installer's "Window" menu, "Installer Log" (cmd-L).

@dethbunny: Oh wow. I had actually searched the web for this issue before I looked at the logs and figured out the workaround. And I never came across that update. Makes me wish they'd make their release notes a little less vague.



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Work around an iLife installer error when restoring a Core 2 Duo MacBook Air
Authored by: paulbrainerd on Jul 17, '12 12:02:42PM

In my case, whether I roll the date back or not (without certificate), the iPhoto 9.0 app would install, but wouldn't open. I tried Apple Software update and it didn't recognize the iPhoto version installed from the iLife 11 DVD. I then went to the Apple standalone updates Website. Downloaded two updates to stair step (9.1 & 9.3.1) update to current version. All is now copacetic.



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Work around an iLife installer error when restoring a Core 2 Duo MacBook Air
Authored by: Sven G on Jul 21, '12 03:36:46AM

When I reinstalled iLife '11 from the family pack DVD some time ago (on machines form 2009 and 2010), the certificate was indeed expired, but the installer gave me the option to proceed anyway, thus ignoring the potential (in reality non-existent, as of course it was an original Apple DVD) security risk; and then everything worked, including subsequent updates from Apple Software Update (thus, with no need to change the system date).

But I was already on Lion while installing from the DVD: so, maybe that's the reason why it worked, who knows...

Edited on Jul 21, '12 03:42:47AM by Sven G



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