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MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2009)
I did purchase this laptop from my brother a couple years ago. He told me the first operating system that was on the laptop was OS X 10.6. He gave me the disc to install, but unfortunately my CD drive doesn't fully work. When I insert a disc it attempts to load the disc, but then ejects after the disc has been in there for about ten seconds. I was planning on buying one of those lens cleaners discs here soon and then see what happens.
What do you think?
That might do. There is the 'poor man's' alternative. Take a fine microfiber cloth (eyeglasses cleaning cloth) and wrap it around a business card. Insert it gently into the slot. Some times it works. Do not dismiss the possibility that the DVD drive is kaput.
I did purchase this laptop from my brother a couple years ago. He told me the first operating system that was on the laptop was OS X 10.6. He gave me the disc to install,
According to the information that I have, a Mid 2009 MBP came with Leopard (10.5). You will have to install Leopard (if you have the original disk) or purchase from the online store a Snow Leopard (10.6.3) retail disk.
This disk is a requisite in order to install and run Lion (10.7) or any other newer OSX. You have to update Snow Leopard to 10.6.8 before downloading and installing Lion.
I may try and do that method to see if it will fix the disc drive, if not I'm still going to have to get that disc drive repaired because if I am going to be purchasing the snow leopard disc I need for it to load. So first step, repair the disc drive and then once it is fixed try installing the disc I have (10.6) and see if it works from there. If not then order those other discs you mentioned.
Do you think this is the best way to approach this problem?