Leopard won't install on my MBP!!!!!

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Superhands, Sep 12, 2008.

  1. Superhands macrumors newbie

    Sep 12, 2008
    Apologies if this particular problem has been answered on another post already. I tried searching the forums but couldn't find anything relevant.

    Ok, so i've been running leopard on my 17" MBP (2.16 Ghz) for almost a year now and i've had no problems until yesterday.....when my MBP decided that life simply wasn't worth it anymore and died on me :(

    So i wept a single tear and starting searching for my installation disc. (Thankfully i DO back up my important data :):))

    Re-installing has proved to be more difficult than expected though. I ran Disk Utility first to verify the hard drive and it came up with a message saying "invalid node structure". The repair function also failed to yield any results.
    Next, i ran a zero-out erase and verified the hard drive again. "The volume Untitled appears to be OK" (Win win win!!!)

    However, when i tried to install the OS, it got about halfway through the installation and stopped, telling me the installation failed.

    "Failed to mount to /Volumes/Untitled"

    So i turned it off and restarted the installation process. It got about halfway again, and stopped doing anything. I powered down once more and tried once more. This time it was successfully installed, but when it restarted, it got to the grey screen where the apple logo, prohibited sign, and ? folder cycle randomly.

    What should i do?????
  2. HLdan macrumors 603


    Aug 22, 2007
    It's not Leopard, it sounds like you have a failing hard drive, this is most likely the reason the computer wasn't working well after time went by. If you have AppleCare or if it's been under a year of ownership you should call Apple or take it to your nearest Apple retail store.
  3. hiddenpremise macrumors regular


    Jul 25, 2008
    Somewhere between my imagination and reality
  4. Superhands thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 12, 2008
    Thanks guys. I did fear the worst, just needed it confirming.

    Oh well, this gives me an excuse to get a 7200 rpm 320gb HD :D:D:D
    might get a cheeky ram upgrade too ;)........
  5. blodwyn macrumors 65816

    Jul 28, 2004
    Portland, Oregon
    Don't forget that when you've installed your new hard disk, you need to boot from your install DVD, go into Drive Utility, and format your new hard disk before you can install OS X on it.

    I've seen a few panicky posts here where folks have installed their new disk and can't do the install because the installer can't find the hard disk, so I thought I'd mention it and maybe save you a few gray hairs ;)

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