I tried Tiger 10.4, but it won't take it. That's why I'm wondering if any Leopard 10.5.4 would work to bring this back to life. My other alternative is bite the bullet and take it into an Apple store.
Maybe he did more damage than I think..
Is there any way to know exactly what disks would bring this MacBook back to life?
If you are in the US call Apple Customer Support 1-800-767-2775, provide the Serial Number and specifications of the Mac, and for a reasonable fee, they will supply a replacement set of system discs (if available).
The discs will be for the original version of the OS that was pre-installed when the Mac was manufactured.
If you are in another country: