Help please Macbook a1181

macbookguy89

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Hi, my friend gave me his macbook a1181 model , without a back up disk. so i had to borrow the disk from my other friend that has the same model . the backup disk has mac os x 10.5.6. i tried to reinstall the operating system to just make it like new.. so i restarted the macbook and press c with the cd in my external samsung optical drive because the internal optical drive doesn't work. i booted from the cd then i got a message saying that "os-x cannot be installed on this computer" so i went to disk utility and clicked on the internal hardest then erased it . now when i restart the macbook i get a question mark icon flashing and when i connect the samsung optical drive and press c i get a grey screen and nothing changes afterwards(i left it for 30 minutes) .. is there a solution for what i have done?

i appreciate the help because i need this laptop for work after the weekend.
 

spinnerlys

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Restore DVDs only work with the exact same model, so restore DVDs from a MacBook from early 2008 will not work with a MacBook from late 2008 and so forth.

You could get Snow Leopard for 29 USD and use that, as it is model independent and doesn't need a previous OS installed.


Also have a look at the following links, as the information presented there might be helpful in your future endeavours into Mac OS X and could clear up initial confusion and may even prevent harm to your system or your files.


Mac OS X Basics
Switch 101 - guide with articles made by Apple on how to accustom yourself, after you switched to Mac OS X from Windows​

Mac 101 - How to get started with Mac OS X​

Find out how - tutorial videos made by Apple on how to do certain thing in Mac OS X​

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Mac OS X Keyboard Shortcuts - Learn about common Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts.​

Mac OS X Beginner's Guide by MacRumors - learn about software, media players, shortcuts and some useful tips, tricks and hints​

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macbookguy89

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thanks, so if i get the snow leopard , with i be able to boot from that dvd , or i will still get the question mark screen when i first turn on the laptop?
 

spinnerlys

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thanks, so if i get the snow leopard , with i be able to boot from that dvd , or i will still get the question mark screen when i first turn on the laptop?
Inserting the SL DVD into your MB and holding down C during startup will let you boot from the SL DVD and let you install SL onto your MB.
 

macbookguy89

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hey man thanks for the suggestion, i tried to insert a dvd disk of the retail mac osx snow leopard in my external optical drive because the internal one never worked.. so when i put it in , turn on the laptop, and press c the question mark screen doesnt show up.. instead i get a blank grey screen that stayed on for 1 hour then i just turned the laptop off.. please, what do you suggest i should do?
 

macbookguy89

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Aug 7, 2010
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Hi, i tried holding down the cmd key and i still get the same blank screen ..

here is the screen i get if i do nothing

http://imgur.com/k9TNz.jpg

here is the blank screen i get when i put the dvd in and press C or cmd keys

http://imgur.com/0YQyP.jpg

and here is my external optical drive .. it works with mac since i installed mac osx on the macbook air with it and my friend's macbook too

http://imgur.com/MHxAQ.jpg
 

macbookguy89

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hey thanks for the help , i fixed it by using my friends mbp and connecting it to my laptop with firewire..
 

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