How to reformat '06 Macbook Pro - cannot reach desktop

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by albo23, Oct 24, 2012.

  1. albo23 macrumors newbie

    May 22, 2010
    I have a 2006 Macbook Pro. I try and boot it but I cannot reach the desktop. My plan is to try and reformat it with 10.6.7 Snow Lep or 10.7 Lion (does Lion work with '06 Macbook Pro's, how about Mountain Lion?)

    But here is the issue. I cannot access the desktop and the DVD Drive is non-functioning. The obvious solution is to do a bootable USB drive (I have another newer Macbook Pro to do the setup) BUT... since I cannot access the desktop, how do I actually do the reformatting with the bootable USB?
  2. Interstella5555 macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008

    Can you be a little more descriptive about what happens when you turn it on?

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