deleting hard drive and reinstalling os x

Discussion in 'macOS' started by qmtran, Oct 6, 2005.

  1. qmtran macrumors newbie

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    Hi guys, I bought a ibook off the internet and what do you know...it was networked and what not. So now I do not have the adminstrative password and cannot get a hold of the person who sold it to me. I purchased OS X Tiger and it says to delete the harddrive first then install it. How would I go about doing this? As in deleting the hard drive first that is. I'm new to the Mac world. any help would be great, thanks in advance.
     
  2. eva01 macrumors 601

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    hold down C as you boot with the Tiger disc in, then go to to disk utility and format the drive
     
  3. qmtran thread starter macrumors newbie

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    it loads, saying that its getting ready to install then freezes. :eek: sometimes it spits the disk back out. any idea?
     
  4. eva01 macrumors 601

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    bad disc drive or bad media, try resetting PRAM (search apple support for how to as i don't know off the top of my head)
     
  5. skunk macrumors G4

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    The instructions are in the Stickies at the top of the Forum.
     
  6. qmtran thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i dont have the pw to do that...and it wont let me...there is nothing like in the sticky after i go into utilities. any other way? or some way around this?
     
  7. Applespider macrumors G4

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    Sure that it's kosher? It may be that the original owner put a firmware password on it to stop the admin password being overwritten by putting in a system disc.
     
  8. qmtran thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i got it from some guy off the internet used. so i have no idea. dont tell me i'm in the hole with this laptop. anything else i can try?
     
  9. qmtran thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks for the help guys...i finally got a hold of the guy and got the pw from him. i just went on that side of the comp and booted the cd and it works. thanks guys!
     
  10. gammamonk macrumors 6502a

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    This sounds shady. If I were you I would be contacting ebay and paypal right now, to report a bad purchase. (I'm assuming you used ebay?)

    Freezes when trying to install the OS sounds like a systemboard problem to me. Did you get any kind of warranty?
     
  11. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    It could also be a problem with the optical drive. I've seen Tiger installs freeze part way through for this reason.
     

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