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Can't reinstall system on 2006 Macbook

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Jan 19, 2013 6:18 AM

I am selling my old 2006 macbook. I accidentally erased the entire hard disk. Now when I try to reinstall the system from the original disks, it asks for my apple id and password, and then says that this id has not purchased Lion. How do I get round this?

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,490 points)
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    Jan 19, 2013 6:22 AM (in response to Roger Blunden)

    As you can't install OS X Lion, you have to install Mac OS X from the Mac OS X DVD that came with your Mac or the Snow Leopard DVD, if you keep this disc.

     

    1. Insert the DVD and press C key while your Mac is starting to start from the disc.

     

    2. Follow the steps to reinstall Mac OS X. When it finishes, open  > Software Update and install the most recent Mac OS X version.

     

    3. If you installed Snow Leopard, after updating, you can see App Store, so open it, log in your Apple ID, go to Account (under Quick Links) > Show hidden purchases, and show Lion, if you purchased it.

     

    4. Go to Purchases tab, download OS X Lion and follow the steps to install it.

     

    If you didn't purchase Lion (I assume that you pirated it in this last case), continue using Snow Leopard

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,490 points)
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    Jan 19, 2013 7:05 AM (in response to Roger Blunden)

    You aren't starting from the DVD. After inserting the DVD, press Option key while your Mac is starting and you should see two volumes: one for Recovery HD and the other one for the Mac OS X DVD. Select the Mac OS X disc and follow the steps of my first comment

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,490 points)
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    Jan 19, 2013 9:48 AM (in response to Roger Blunden)

    I would take that Mac to an Apple Store. I can't help you anymore with this problem because it's not possible to reinstall Mac OS X yourself in your case

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,490 points)
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    Jan 20, 2013 4:47 AM (in response to Roger Blunden)

    Glad you have solved that problem

  • bliznock Calculating status...
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    Feb 2, 2013 10:52 AM (in response to Roger Blunden)

    Roger, can you provide details on how you found the old hard drive?

     

    Thanks in advance.

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