Can't Boot from OS X Disc

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Pothedd, Jun 9, 2011.

  1. Pothedd macrumors newbie

    Oct 21, 2009
    I used to have a Bootcamp partition.
    Windows 7 was overheating my computer massively, and a friend suggested TinyXP instead.
    Setup wasn't working correctly so I had to remove the partition.
    Now I can't make another partition using Bootcamp.
    It tells me to repair the disk. Disk Utility won't let me do that, and says to boot from the OS X disc and run Disk Utility.

    When I hold down the C button to boot from the disc I get the windmill as long as I hold the button down.
    If I let go of the button the computer starts and asks if I want to install Mac OS X.

    The last time this happened I reinstalled OS X to restore my Bootcamp capabilities. This time I'm trying to avoid a reformat. Why can't I access DVD boot options? This is the original disc that came with my computer.
  2. awer25 macrumors 65816


    Apr 30, 2011
    Maybe try holding the Option key to access the disc through that menu. Otherwise, you may have to reformat and restore.
  3. Pothedd thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 21, 2009
    Option key just brings up drives, not the disc itself.
    It shows the HD (it also showed the Bootcamp partition until I removed it).
  4. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    If it's asking you if you want to install OS X, then it's booted off the install disk. All you have to do then is use the menus at the top of the screen to open Disk Utility and repair the disk if possible.

    The Option boot menu should list the disk too, btw, unless it's not showing up to the computer at all.

  5. Pothedd thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 21, 2009
    Oh thank god.
    Those menus WERE available at the top of the screen.
    I just had no idea where to find them.
    Thank you guys so effing much. I'm an idiot.
  6. TheFarmer macrumors 6502

    Jan 13, 2011
    Me too :D :apple:

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