Fresh install of Leopard dies, but Windows lives!

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by tardinha, Sep 1, 2009.

  1. tardinha macrumors member

    Jul 23, 2007

    This is a bit of an odd one.

    My GF dropped her MacBook the other night, and since then Leopard would only be able to start in safe mode, and then be very slow accessing the hard drive. I figured the drive had died, but I decided to test it on other computer and it works fine.

    Anyway, I did a fresh install of Leopard, which went fine and boots up, but any subsequent boot it dies. Booting in verbose mode, it comes up with some errors on the efiboot screen (I can't remember exactly what they were). I still have access to all the usual boot options etc.

    So on a whim, I boot camped up the disk and installed Windows 7 to see what would happen. It installed fine, and works 100%. No complaints about anything at all (except there being Windows on there :p), all hardware functional!

    Does anyone have any ideas what the problem Leopard (10.5 and 10.6) might be having? I've erased the drive several times, both quick and zeroed, repaired it and so on.


  2. rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
    You could have damaged a section of the hard drive where OS X resides when she dropped it.

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