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Rebooting my MacBook

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Jul 4, 2013 6:47 AM

I am quite a pickle with my old MacBook -

 

I have had some bad luck having my original a1181 stolen, I plan on upgrading, however, in the mean time I need a computer for uni.

 

So, a good friend helped me out and gave me theirs, but its wiped- has no software at all. It is a MacBook a1181 as well, and I have a couple of discs to try with to install leopard. The computer only gets so far and then spits the disk out. I have tried to do it in target mode with other computers and everything but to no avail.

 

I am asking if anyone out there in apple land knows how to get this to work- or if there is a version of leopard I can use to install with no disk??

 

Any help is greatly appreciated- I went to a next byte store in town today and the staff were intensely rude. I understand its an old computer, I just need it for the time being :)

 

Thanks

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  • Mike Sombrio Level 6 Level 6 (9,060 points)
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    Jul 4, 2013 7:13 AM (in response to ASAPmikey84)

    Leave Leopard behind and install Snow Leopard if the MacBook has 1gb of ram. The discs your trying youse probably are machine specific for another model MacBook. Buy SL here http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC573/mac-os-x-106-snow-leopard

  • Mike Sombrio Level 6 Level 6 (9,060 points)
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    Jul 4, 2013 7:27 AM (in response to ASAPmikey84)

    If the disc boots the MacBook I'd venture to guess that the drive is ok. Are the discs your using grey discs or white  retail discs? The grey discs are machine specific, discs for one model MacBook will not install in a different model.

  • Mike Sombrio Level 6 Level 6 (9,060 points)
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    Jul 4, 2013 12:52 PM (in response to ASAPmikey84)

    Any white MacBook should be able to run Snow Leopard providing it has at least 1gb of ram. It's possible that if that is a very early model it only has 512mb installed. Lets try to find out exactly what model MacBook it is. Get the serial number, here's a page telling you where to find it http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1366

    Then go here http://www.everymac.com/ultimate-mac-lookup/ enter the serial number and find out exactly which MacBook it is.

    You can also physically remove the installed ram to see what's in there. You've got the right disc so I'm not sure what's going on.

  • Mike Sombrio Level 6 Level 6 (9,060 points)
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    Jul 4, 2013 12:56 PM (in response to ASAPmikey84)

    Another thought about that disc.....does it say Upgrade Disc anywhere on the label?

  • Mike Sombrio Level 6 Level 6 (9,060 points)
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    Jul 5, 2013 5:15 AM (in response to ASAPmikey84)

    Well, they SHOULD be able to help but with an older MacBook you never know. Did you enter your serial into the Everymac site? Which MacBook is it exactly? How much ram is actually installed?

  • Mike Sombrio Level 6 Level 6 (9,060 points)
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    Jul 5, 2013 5:40 AM (in response to ASAPmikey84)

    Providing that actually has at least 1gb of ram it should work.

    You said you tried to use target disc mode with another Mac.....what happened when you tried that?

    Starting to think one of two or three things....bad install disc, failed optical drive or failed hard drive.

  • Mike Sombrio Level 6 Level 6 (9,060 points)
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    Jul 5, 2013 7:22 AM (in response to ASAPmikey84)

    Since you can access the hard drive with target mode try using Disk Utility on the host Mac and repartition and reformat the target drive. Then still using target mode try the nstalled again. Make the drive a single partition and select GUID partition scheme, then format as Mac OS Extended journaled. When DU is done try the installer and see if you can get further.

    If the Mac you're using as the host while trying target won't run Snow Leopard I don't think you can run the installer from it. You might need an older Mac that will run SL.

  • Mike Sombrio Level 6 Level 6 (9,060 points)
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    Jul 14, 2013 7:40 AM (in response to ASAPmikey84)

    Glad you finally got it going.

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