installing mac osx

Discussion in 'macOS' started by the-face, Jan 28, 2009.

  1. the-face macrumors newbie

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    hi!
    someone help please.
    i bought this macbook pro from a friend, and he fomatted the hard drive completely before giving it to me..there is absolutly nothing on the drive,
    now I cannot install mac osx.. when i boot off the install disk 1 (of 2) after language selection it just displays cannot install mac osx on this computer... i tried everything that i know, to no avail.. please help.
     
  2. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    We need more info - what macbook pro? What version of OSx are you trying to install? Leopard requires I think 867 mhz cpu to install, for example. Might have formatted the HD wrong; you might need disk utility to prep the dest drive.
     
  3. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    boot off of the disc... open disk utility from the Utilities drop down of the menubar and make sure the drive is formated properly to HFS+

    thats the first thing i can think of.
     
  4. the-face thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Its a macbook pro 15' silver of course.. the install disks are from a friend who bought his last summer.. quite new .. it says version 1.0 on the cd..
     
  5. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    You can't use machine-specific disks with other machines. That's your problem.
     
  6. the-face thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I thought about that, but dont know any differnt.. it was formatted as a mac journaled extended i think...
     
  7. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    Exactly; you need to buy a retail version of OSx like Leopard. It is also possible to get the original install disks from Apple for a small fee ($30?) but that takes you back to the original OS, whatever version it was.
     

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