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OldManJimbo
Jun 27, 2008, 10:01 AM
Bought a new MacBook for my daughter and we're giving an iBookG4 to my wife so she can start to experience Mac and get weaned away from the last PC in the house - yippee !!

So - I want to scrub the iBook and start from scratch. I have the install disc, and have backed up all the old data.

Now what ?? How do I scrub this puppy and start over as if it were a brand new machine?

Can't seem to find these instructions on MacRumors or Apple.com -



hood
Jun 27, 2008, 10:16 AM
What version of OSX will you be putting on the iBook? I know that if it is Tiger or Leopard will give options for install that will erase and install the new OS. This should be the solution.

tennismanclay
Jun 27, 2008, 10:19 AM
pop in the install cd's restart and hold c key.

follow on screen instructions to do a clean install.

i believe.

wrldwzrd89
Jun 27, 2008, 10:22 AM
This is pretty straightforward. Here's what you need to do:

Boot the Mac from the install disc
Select "Erase and Install" as the installation type
Wait for the install to complete, the Mac to reboot, and the intro screen to come up
Turn off the Mac at this point - do NOT complete the intro screen

OldManJimbo
Jun 27, 2008, 10:22 AM
Hood - I'm going with Tiger. Too cheap to spring for new OS discs.

Tennismanclay - sweet. I knew it would be simple. Any idea how much time I should allow?

wrldwzrd89
Jun 27, 2008, 10:23 AM
Hood - I'm going with Tiger. Too cheap to spring for new OS discs.

Tennismanclay - sweet. I knew it would be simple. Any idea how much time I should allow?
About 30 minutes for the install itself, 45 minutes overall.

OldManJimbo
Jun 27, 2008, 10:27 AM
This is pretty straightforward. Here's what you need to do:

Boot the Mac from the install disc
Select "Erase and Install" as the installation type
Wait for the install to complete, the Mac to reboot, and the intro screen to come up
Turn off the Mac at this point - do NOT complete the intro screen


OK _ Explain the #4 to me. Sounds ominous.

wrldwzrd89
Jun 27, 2008, 10:30 AM
OK _ Explain the #4 to me. Sounds ominous.
Not ominous at all. All you're doing is allowing the Mac's new owner to go through the out-of-box experience and get it set up to their liking. If you don't do this, they'll have to go through some annoying steps to get their short user name and other settings set the way they want.

OldManJimbo
Jun 27, 2008, 10:44 AM
Gotcha - nice touch. Let the new user do the set-up so she begins to have ownership in the Mac -