3 Replies Latest reply: Feb 25, 2013 3:08 PM by Mike Sombrio
KillaPedestrian Level 1 (5 points)

Hello my dear Apples!

Please help me, I am having difficulty booting from the original dvd. I have plugged in an external reader containing the disc(k) and pressing option. I choose the OSX install one and then it takes forever to boot. then the screen darkens and a message to restart the machine appears. *sigh*. How do i fix this! Please, help!



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MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Mike Sombrio Level 6 (14,943 points)

    Let's get a little background. Which MacBook? What happened to cause you to have to reinstall? Does the computer boot from the hard drive without the any external connected? Are you using the external because your internal SuperDrive no longer works? I understand that you're upset right now but in order to hel we need more info.

  • KillaPedestrian Level 1 (5 points)

    Hi Mike, I need some help urgently. I am trying to start from scratch because its an old school computer. it is just the MacBook from mid 2010.

    Intro Date:May 18, 2010Disc Date:February 8, 2012*
    Order No:MC516LL/AModel No:A1342 (EMC 2395*)
    Subfamily:Mid-2010Model ID:MacBook7,1
    Std RAM:2 GBStd VRAM:256 MB
    Std Storage:250 GB (5400 RPM)Std Optical:8X DL "SuperDrive"

    Yes my computer boots with macintosh hd well. My superdrive is broken and i don't have money to replace it.


    Please help

  • Mike Sombrio Level 6 (14,943 points)

    Old school? Shoot it's newer than mine! I have ideas but we'll go one step at a time. First reset the SMC and pram.

    To reset the SMC

    MacBook and MacBook Pro 

    Laptops with a battery you can remove 

    Shut down the computer.

    Disconnect the MagSafe power adapter from the computer, if it's connected.

    Remove the battery.

    Press and hold the power button for 5 seconds.

    Release the power button.

    Reconnect the battery and MagSafe power adapter.

    Press the power button to turn on the computer.


    Resetting NVRAM / PRAM

    Shut down your Mac.

    Locate the following keys on the keyboard: Command (⌘), Option, P, and R. You will need to hold these keys down simultaneously in step 4.

    Turn on the computer.

    Press and hold the Command-Option-P-R keys before the gray screen appears.

    Hold the keys down until the computer restarts and you hear the startup sound for the second time.

    Release the keys.