Can some PLEASE help me (trying to reinstall Leopard on MacBook Air)

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by daneoni, Oct 22, 2008.

  1. daneoni macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
    I've been trying to reinstall Leopard on my Air for the past hour but its not working. I put the restore disk 1 into my macbook and got it to the point where it says waiting for Air to connect.

    I then reboot the Air holding down option and join my wi-fi network but the network disk doesnt show up only my normal HD

    I've tried this with and without wireless encryption but no dice and i dont have the superdrive so i have to use over the air

    What am i doing wrong?
  2. snberk103 macrumors 603

    Oct 22, 2007
    An Island in the Salish Sea
    If this is a new Air, at least within 90 days of purchase I believe you are eligible for tech support under AppleCare. Give them a call, because they can help you through the installation while on the phone. You should be up and running in hours, instead of the time it takes a forum to help if there are more questions that need to be asked.
  3. HiFiGuy528 macrumors 68000

    Jul 24, 2008
    headaches like this makes me want to get the SuperDrive before my Air arrives and attempt the OS X reinstall.
  4. yoavcs macrumors regular

    Apr 7, 2004
    Your wi-fi network is using WEP encryption. The Air remote install only works over WPA/WPA2 encryption.

    Reconfigure your router and you'll be set.
  5. daneoni thread starter macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
    I was actually using WPA/WPA2 Personal. The problem was that my FIrewall was turned on...had to turn it off completely before it saw the install disk.

    Now i'm at problem no 2 and possible the last straw. Once the Air sees the disk and tries to boot off it i get a kernel panic without fail

    I've had enough TBH, i'm calling Apple first thing tomorrow and returning it. Would my life be easier just getting an external superdrive?..yes but i feel i shouldn't have to. Getting an external drive defeats the purpose and at that point you might as well get a MacBook which is what i'm going to do
  6. stiphone macrumors regular

    Mar 15, 2008
    I had the same problem a couple of days back when i was re-installing Leopard. I just can't seem to get the re-installation to complete and it normally just reboots back into Leopard.

    Talked to the Mac genuis at my store and he said that it could be that the wifi data transfer rate are not fast enough for remote disk to work. I subsequently bought the superdrive and subsequently the re-installation for Leopard worked flawlessly. Well, IMHO the best way to re-install the MBA would be to use the superdrive.

    Hope it helps.
  7. SFStateStudent macrumors 604


    Aug 28, 2007
    San Francisco California, USA
    Could you have called AppleCare today?:confused:

    I bought the SD, just for this purpose but as it turns out, I use it for so much more. I've reinstalled just once so far, but it was so much easier than the OP's situation.:(
  8. xparaparafreakx macrumors 65816

    Jul 29, 2005
    Do not use your wifi network.

    On your Macbook, go to the Airport menu --> Create Network..
    Name it whatever you like and do not password it.
    Then open Applications --> Utilities --> Remote Install Mac OS
    Make sure you have your disc in the macbook

    On your Air, boot with option key down.
    Connect to your created network.
    Boot off the disk.
    There you go.

    I have install the OS from a Tibook 1Ghz over 802.11b, Albook 1.5Ghz and Macbook Pro 17" Core Duo and never fails so it should work.
  9. daneoni thread starter macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
    Thanks for all the suggestion guys but the only way to get it to work was for the Genius to boot of an external USB and even then it didnt recognise the images the first two attempts.

    The genius concluded that the Logic board needed replacing due to either faulty RAM/Airport card

    EDIT: Here's a pic of what was happening

    Attached Files:

  10. xparaparafreakx macrumors 65816

    Jul 29, 2005
    That is some bad luck right there. Sorry to hear that.
  11. UltraNEO* macrumors 601


    Jun 16, 2007

    AND just now I was trying to Justify buying a PC based ultrabook.. :rolleyes:

    I guess despite all the things that's wrong with windows and ofcourse Sony VAIO's, it does make me wonder why can't or don't Apple make a sub-notebook with a built-in superdrive??

    I mean.. They're already using 1.8" HD's, 9mm slot-loading optical drives and thin TFT screens.. Why do they have to choose heavy materials? The weght and featureless thing surrounding the MBA was all that stopped me from buying it ~ that's quite strong coming from someone who's used them for about twenty years.

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