MacBook Pro Woes

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Stadsport, Mar 8, 2007.

  1. Stadsport macrumors regular

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    A buddy up in Oregon (I'm in Arizona) just got a 15" MacBook Pro. Of course without reading anything, he tried to install Windows on it and, long story short, managed to **** up his Mac OS X partition. He tried to reinstall using the Tiger DVDs, but every time he tries to go to the Disk Utility it beachballs and just seems to hang. We're attempting to just nuke the whole drive and start fresh.
    His fingers are currently playing twister in attempt to reset the PRAM--never hurts. Any ideas?
     
  2. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Notebooks are sometimes a bitch when you mess up the drive too much.

    It may come down to ... Removing the drive, and placing it in a case. Then fixing it on another Mac.

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    However, somebody may have some hints to get around this.

    Edit: I also think Apple had a bit of the list of hints on their support page under "My Intel Mac won't boot"
     
  3. Pressure macrumors 68040

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    Disregard removing the drive and boot up in FireWire target disk mode instead (read about it here)
     
  4. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    If you can boot to DVD, target disk should work.

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    When the machine won't let you boot to DVD, or enter target disk mode ...

    Then you know you've messed up, which is generally hard to do.
     
  5. Stadsport thread starter macrumors regular

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    You guys misread. It can boot from a DVD just fine, the problem is after it gets to the installer it can't install to the only partition (NTFS) and he can't play with the partition table because it just locks up when he goes to Disk Utility.
    He ended up deleting all the partitions with the Windows XP installer, and was able to get to the Disk Utility and erase the volume, but it apparently went back to the "Select a Destination" screen and eventually just gave him a blue screen with a mouse.
     

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