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  • Neville Hillyer Level 4 (1,860 points)

    Orjol wrote:


    Hi Neville,


    I tried to make fsk according to the rules but still not success.


    I found an installer DVD Mac OS 10.5.6 and I'm waiting to come here (in Albania).It will come after new year.


    Can you send me the procedure of installation?




    As I think I said before, it will not work until you learn to type 'fsck' and not "fsk". See below:


    Use fsck if necessary

    fsck is a command-line utility that may be able to verify and repair a disk. If you can successfully start up in Safe Mode or use Disk Utility while started up from a disc, you don't need to use fsck. Here are some situations in which fsck may be necessary.

    • Your Mac OS X disc isn't available.
    • Your optical drive isn't available.
    • You can't start with a Safe Boot by holding the Shift key during start up.
    Tip: If you use a Mac OS X Extended (Journaled) formatted volume, such as with Mac OS X 10.3 or later, you probably won't need to usefsck. If you do use it for any reason, please be aware that benignerror messages can appear.If you're not sure how your volume is formatted and you can't start up from your Mac OS X volume to find out, type the following command in a command-line interface and then press Return:diskutil info /

    If you see "File System: Journaled HFS+" returned, you have aJournaled volume.

    To use fsck, you must run it from the command line. Unlike using your mouse pointer to open an application to do something, you'll need to type a text command at the prompt (#) to tell fsck what to do. The Terminal application (/Applications/Utilities) and single-user mode are two examples of command-line interfaces in which you can type such commands. To use fsck:

    1. Start up your computer in single-user mode to reach the command line.
      Note: If necessary, perform a forced restart as described in the Emergency Troubleshooting Handbook that came with your computer. On desktop computers, you can do this by pressing the reset/interrupt button (if there is one) or holding down the power button for several seconds. On portable computers, simultaneously press the Command-Control-power keys. If your portable computer doesn't restart with this method, you may need to reset the Power Manager.
    2. At the command-line prompt type:

      /sbin/fsck -fy

    3. Press Return. fsck will go through five "phases" and then return information about your disk's use and fragmentation. Once it finishes, it'll display this message if no issue is found:
      ** The volume (name_of_volume) appears to be OK
      If fsck found issues and has altered, repaired, or fixed anything, it will display this message:
      ***** FILE SYSTEM WAS MODIFIED *****
      Important: If this message appears, repeat the fsck command you typed in step 2 until fsck tells you that your volume appears to be OK (first-pass repairs may uncover additional issues, so this is a normal thing to do).
    4. When fsck reports that your volume is OK, type reboot at the prompt and then press Return.

    Your computer should start up normally and allow you to log in.

  • Orjol Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm not sure if I have understood.

    Do you mean that if it is impossible to use fsck, than the DVD installer cannot do nothing?

    I tried several times but I cannot enter in single-user mode.

  • Neville Hillyer Level 4 (1,860 points)

    I took your repeated use of "fsk" to indicate you typed it and were hence unable to get fsck to work.


    I suspect that either:


    1 - Your hard disk has failed for mechanical/electrical reasons and needs to be repaired or replaced


    2 - The hard disk is corrupted in an unusual way and needs formatting and a new OS


    3 - Your Mac has some other failure such as electronics or firmware

  • Orjol Level 1 (0 points)

    As soon as I will try with DVD installer I will let you know.


    Hope it will work.


    Thank you very much for your advices

  • Orjol Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Neville,


    I bought the DVD installer and I tried yesterday. It opened normally but when I go to disk utility it doesn't show the hard disk. In this case I think you are right "Your hard disk has failed"


    In this case I will try to replace the hard disk and install again the system.




  • Orjol Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Neville,


    I replaced the new hard disk (500 MB), and now I can see from disk utility the new hard disk.


    Now I have the problem of installing the Mac OS X.


    I told you that I bought a new DVD installer (MAC OS 10.5.6) , and when it boot from DVD it shows me this message. " Mac OS X cannot be installed on this computer".


    I formatted the new hard disk according to apple instructions and it is successful but no installation of OS.


    I read on internet for this message and the problem is that the CD/DVD has to be the original one.


    Do you have any solution for this? I do not prefer to buy a new DVD once again.


    Waiting for your answer.



  • BDAqua Level 10 (121,625 points)

    Hi, is this a Gray Machine specific Disc?


    What is the 2z691-****-A number on it?

  • Neville Hillyer Level 4 (1,860 points)

    I am glad you have a working hard disk.


    I suspect that you have bought a DVD for a particular type of Mac (these are often grey) rather than the retail version for any compatible Mac (these are often black).


    If this is so I am afraid you will not be able to use it on your Mac.

  • Orjol Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes the DVD is grey and it is not new one.It means that has been used before.

    I will check the number and I will let you know, but as I have understood it cannot be used on the other machine.

    I have to buy a new one but this is not "fair".I bought the HDD 60$ than the DVD wich is not working 20$ , now I will buy the new DVD at least 60$, in total 140$ - 150$ .


    It will be better if I buy a new computer .


    Anyway thank you for your support

  • Orjol Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Neville,


    As I have mention above the DVD is grey and it will not work.

    Do you have any suggestion where can I buy a new DVD but with good price?



  • BDAqua Level 10 (121,625 points)

    Leopard requirements/10.5.x...


        *  Mac computer with an Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 (867MHz or faster) processor


    minimum system requirements


        * 512MB of memory (I say 1.5GB for PPC at least, 2-3GB minimum for IntelMacs)

        * DVD drive for installation

        * 9GB of available disk space (I say 30GB at least)

    Classic/OS9 Apps no longer supported.

    Trouble is Apple no longer sells it, check eBay & such for the Retail version, not the Gray Discs...

    There are workarounds if the 867MHz CPU is the only hangup...



  • Orjol Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you BDAqua,


    My computer has 512 MB of RAM. The other requirements are Ok.

    I will try to buy a new DVD Retail version.


    Thanks for your help

  • Neville Hillyer Level 4 (1,860 points)

    As far as I can tell you have one of the first MacBooks.


    These are 1.8 MHz Intel - please check this.


    If so it would be much cheaper, and probably more satisfactory, to buy a Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6.x) installer DVD direct from Apple.


    You should also consider increasing your RAM to the 2 GB maximum.


    If you tell us the number on the grey installer we may be able to tell you which Mac it is for so that you can resell it.

  • rccharles Level 5 (7,075 points)

    You can tell what mac you have by using the serial number. Post results here, but not your serial number.


    Query by serial number

    Apple's warrenty database will identify the type of Mac you have.  Your serial number is securely sent.  Provides more information for newer machines.


    This site provides more information.  Best for older machines.  Note, serial number is sent in the clear.

    "A serial number is a unique, identifying number or group of numbers and letters assigned to an individual piece of hardware or software. It's used for various things depending on the product / brand but what is your Mac's serial number for and more importantly... what is it hiding and what can it do for you ?"



    This site provides more information, but lacks security too.

    "A serial number is a unique, identifying number or group of numbers and letters assigned to an individual piece of hardware or software. It's used for various things depending on the product / brand but what is your Mac's serial number for and more importantly... what is it hiding and what can it do for you ?"

        ( hint by K Shaffer  )

  • Orjol Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Neville.

    I found a store where I will format and install Mac OS 10.5. I think it will be more cheaper rather buy I new installed DVD, Below is shown the processor of my Mac

    Processor speed:- 2.0 GHz
    Processor Type:- Intel, Core Duo (Yonah)
    Number of Cores:- 2
    Bus Speed:- 667 MHz
    Cache:- 2 MB L2 cache
    64-bit Support:- No
    Turbo Boost:- No


    The number on the grey installer is 2Z691-6357-A