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

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  1. ModeMAC macrumors newbie

    Feb 8, 2005
    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,
  2. jackieonasses macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2004
    the great OKLAHOMA....
    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.

  3. ModeMAC thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 8, 2005
    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?


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

  4. ModeMAC thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 8, 2005
  5. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    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
  6. Mechcozmo macrumors 603


    Jul 17, 2004
  7. blackpeter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 14, 2001
    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.
  8. altair macrumors regular

    Nov 22, 2002
    Seattle, WA
    Kernal panics usually caused by bad ram eh? Seems like he should check that or something too.
  9. Mechcozmo macrumors 603


    Jul 17, 2004
    Or bad software. Has to be really bad software, but it can happen.
  10. ModeMAC thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 8, 2005
    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

  11. blackpeter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 14, 2001


    By the way, I tend to agree with the RAM diagnosis. Have you checked the RAM? Is it aftermarket RAM? Something to look at.
  12. ModeMAC thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 8, 2005
    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?

  13. ModeMAC thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 8, 2005
    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?

  14. johnnyjibbs macrumors 68030


    Sep 18, 2003
    London, UK
    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.
  15. yippy macrumors 68020


    Mar 14, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    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.
  16. Mechcozmo macrumors 603


    Jul 17, 2004
    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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