just got powerbook 17" 1.67 ghz, need to reformat. please help :-(

ModeMAC

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hi guys...
i'm really stoked that i got my new 17" PowerBook on friday.

but i'm kinda not happy right now.
i downloaded a bunch of stuff off limewire and installed some programs (yeah...i know, u can never trust stuff from there).

anywho...i'm just lookin' around in "system preferences" and all of a sudden...BOOM...i get that stupid see-through black screen that says to restart the computer in a bunch of different languages.

i KNOW it's gotta be because of the stuff i was downloading/installing.
i'd really like to have the powerbook again EXACTLY the way it was when i bought it: nice...clean...right off the shelf.

can someone please help?
it's really bugging me.

thanx a lot,
_chris
 

jackieonasses

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the great OKLAHOMA....
ModeMAC said:
hi guys...
i'm really stoked that i got my new 17" PowerBook on friday.

but i'm kinda not happy right now.
i downloaded a bunch of stuff off limewire and installed some programs (yeah...i know, u can never trust stuff from there).

anywho...i'm just lookin' around in "system preferences" and all of a sudden...BOOM...i get that stupid see-through black screen that says to restart the computer in a bunch of different languages.

i KNOW it's gotta be because of the stuff i was downloading/installing.
i'd really like to have the powerbook again EXACTLY the way it was when i bought it: nice...clean...right off the shelf.

can someone please help?
it's really bugging me.

thanx a lot,
_chris
Now, normally i would suggest something else before a reinstall. But you shouldn't pirate - so ya. Take your install cd - pop it in the slot restart your powerbook, hold down C, and run through the prompts. Try not to steal. That keeps me from trying to develop software, so ya don't.


kyle
 

ModeMAC

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Feb 8, 2005
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yeah i know...my bad.
i'm admitting it to you though.
i messed up.
won't happen again
thanx kyle, for taking the time to develop more stuff.
that's cool...

by the way...what was the thing you were gonna suggest before a reinstall?

_chris

p.s.
is the cd that comes in the powerbook box the operating system?
or is it just a bunch of free proggies?

_chris
 

PlaceofDis

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with your software restore cd you will be able to reinstall OS X, before you do, boot from the software restore cd, then open disk utility from the menu, format/delete your drive, and then exit disk utility, then go on with the installation of OS X, be sure to run Software Update once you are complete
 

blackpeter

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ModeMAC said:
yeah i know...my bad.
i'm admitting it to you though.
i messed up.
won't happen again
thanx kyle, for taking the time to develop more stuff.
that's cool...

by the way...what was the thing you were gonna suggest before a reinstall?

_chris

p.s.
is the cd that comes in the powerbook box the operating system?
or is it just a bunch of free proggies?

_chris
If you really want that fresh-out-of-the-box feel, make sure to formatt the drive by writing zeros. It takes longer, but it's will assure that you remove everything from your drive.
 

Mechcozmo

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altair said:
Kernal panics usually caused by bad ram eh? Seems like he should check that or something too.
Or bad software. Has to be really bad software, but it can happen.
 

ModeMAC

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Feb 8, 2005
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thanx for the help guys...

hey tfaz...
i DO want that out-of-the-box feel.
i want my powerbook exactly how it was when i bought it.

how do i reformat it the way u said?

thanx so much

_chris
 

ModeMAC

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Feb 8, 2005
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could it really be the ram?
i mean...i know if something wrong were to happen to it, that would happen...but i never touched the ram or tried to install more ram yet (mainly cuz i don't have the little screwdriver for the screws yet. lol).

i noticed the problem after i installed all these hacked programs :-(

i know, my bad...

should i just go ahead with the reboot with zeros?

_chris
 

ModeMAC

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Feb 8, 2005
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cool...it's formatting with Zeros as we speak :) ...

but i also wanted to know:
what does having the option on "8 Way Random Write Format" do?
what's the benefit of THIS?

thanx,
_chris
 

johnnyjibbs

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Sep 18, 2003
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Wow, that was a bit extreme wasn't it? One kernel panic and you reformat the whole thing!

My brother's new iBook (last October) kernel panicked on the first day. He restarted and never had another one. Sometimes, it may just happen and it doesn't always mean a hardware (or software) problem.

My 12" PB (now nearly 18 months old) has kernel panicked twice: once near the start, and once on the day I installed Panther. Never again has it. And I've never had any other problems. I just rebooted and didn't worry about it.

You only need to worry if it happens regularly.
 

yippy

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That does more or less what it says. It writes random 1's or 0's over your entire drive 8 times. This completely destroys any data on the drive. In otherwords, very secure.
 

Mechcozmo

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ModeMAC said:
cool...it's formatting with Zeros as we speak :) ...

but i also wanted to know:
what does having the option on "8 Way Random Write Format" do?
what's the benefit of THIS?
Well, if you are paranoid, then its great for making sure there is no data left whatsoever. Its gone. Can sleep easy at night in my tin foil hat knowing the aliens cannot read my computer's data. :p
 

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