Currently Being ModeratedApr 8, 2013 5:41 PM (in response to Tellone69)
If I understand correctly, you've wiped your hard drive and reovering any data isn't an issue. The Snow Leopard disc you have is probably for another computer and won't work in yours. Is the disc your trying grey? You should buy Snow Leopard from Apple for $19.99 here http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC573/mac-os-x-106-snow-leopard
When you get the disc you need to remove the existing recovery partition by repartitioning the hard drive using Disk Utility. Once you've done that you can reinstall OS X and run software update to get up to speed.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 8, 2013 7:13 PM (in response to Mike Sombrio)
thank you for responding, thats the one I bought
When you get the disc you need to remove the existing recovery partition by repartitioning the hard drive using Disk Utility
how do I do that specifically?
Currently Being ModeratedApr 8, 2013 7:32 PM (in response to Tellone69)
Currently Being ModeratedApr 8, 2013 8:26 PM (in response to Tellone69)
Put your install DVD into the optical drive (CD/DVD drive) and reboot. As soon as you hear the boot chime, hold down the "c" key on your keyboard (or the Option Key until the Install Disk shows up) until the apple shows up. That will force your MacBook to boot from the install DVD in the optical drive.
When it does start up, you'll see a panel asking you to choose your language. Choose your language and press the Return key on your keyboard once. It will then present you with an Installation window.
Completely ignore this window and click on Utilities in the top menu and scroll down to Disk Utility and click it. You should see your hard drive in the left hand column along with your other drives. Click on the drive and select the Erase tab. Set the format value to Mac OS Extended (Journaled) and click the Erase button. After that has finished select the Partition tab. Type in a Name for your hard drive and select how many partitions you want from the Volume Scheme. The usual setting is one partition. Click on the Options button after you've selected a partition to make sure it's set for GUID. Then click the Apply button and after the Partitioning is done quit Disk Utility.
You can now follow the instructions on the install screen
Currently Being ModeratedApr 10, 2013 7:01 PM (in response to frederic1943)
when i put the dvd in it wont work it just makes a loud buzzing noise and ejects it. I tried to do what you said with the disk utility and it says partition failed with error: couldnt unmount disk
Currently Being ModeratedApr 10, 2013 7:42 PM (in response to Tellone69)
You can only frmat and partition your hard drive while running off of another startup volume, in this case the dvd install disc. BUT....it appears that your optical drive has failed so you need to find another way. If you have access to another mac you could connect the two and use target disc mode, or you can get an external optical drive and use it to follow frederic1943's instructions.