Currently Being ModeratedFeb 8, 2013 9:14 PM (in response to scottfromboalsburg)
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 9, 2013 4:53 AM (in response to BDAqua)
Yes i was a real idiot and just dove in thinking i new how the boot system worked.
I have read the articles you provided, the last one is what i was trying.
Thank you for your time! will search for disc and then go to apple support
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 9, 2013 5:00 AM (in response to scottfromboalsburg)
Right that system was built before Lion was out so it came with an older version of OS X and the system came with System Reinstall discs. Since it has Lion installed on it then your Mother bought Lion and it is Tied to Her Apple ID. You need the original system discs.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 9, 2013 5:33 AM (in response to scottfromboalsburg)
Then if the system Came from the factory, from Apple, with Lion Pre-Installed you can use the Apple Online Internet Recovery system.
That is where the system is booted from Over the Internet to the Online Lion Recovery HD system. Allowing you complete access to the internal hard drive to Re-Partition the drive and or Erase the Complete drive, Not just erase one partition.
To access the Online Internet Recovery system you hold down the Command+Option+r keys at startup until you see a Spinning Globe in the center of the screen. It is best to have the system Wired to your internet router, Ethernet cable from Mac to Router, as if you use WiFi and it drops out you will need to start over from the beginning.
Good Luck & Best Wishes.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 9, 2013 5:56 AM (in response to Shootist007)
hi thank you so much for the help. I wish i could say i figured it out but i have no idea what i did. kept trying to partition, and finally when i went into the "reinstall lion" it had a partition that i could use. Where it used to only show a partition of 600mb which i think is the recovery or disc utility
So not out of the woods yet but at least its doing something
thank you again, appreciate the help