mac reinstall problem

Discussion in 'macOS' started by dangeroussun, Dec 28, 2008.

  1. dangeroussun macrumors newbie

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    hi guys.. i have MAC OSX 10.5.5... i had some problem with my mac..so i decided to reinstall the OSX..

    i started installing the first CD.. after say 45 min system asked me to restart.. i hit the restart button.. after that the comp is not working..

    wen ever i switch on the power.. a sound that always comes wen booting is heard.. a white screen with grey apple icon with a gear bottom of the apple icon is displayed.. and nothing else is happening..

    i left the comp with this for almost 4 hours.. nothing happened..

    please help me out with this problem
     
  2. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    You might try another clean install.

    And if that doesn't work, boot from the CD, go to Disk Utilities, and securely erase the HD. Then do a clean install.

    The above is assuming that your hardware is working okay.

    Edit: That should be boot from the install DVD (instead of CD). Once you get to the install dialog, there should be a menu option to open up Disk Utilities.
     
  3. dangeroussun thread starter macrumors newbie

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    mac doesnt take me into the desktop itself.. its gets stuck with the opening screen with a apple logo and a gear... i cant go to the disk utilities and stuff..
     
  4. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    That's why he said boot from the DVD and go to Disk Utility there.
     
  5. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    Let us know how you are progressing.

    If the suggestions don't work, then to help us help you, please tell us the Mac that you have and exactly what you see and hear on startup (step by step).
     
  6. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    Without knowing what sort of problems you were having with your Mac, it's difficult to advise, but it sounds like you were attempting to use an OSX install to fix a hardware issue.
     
  7. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    Agree. Need more info.

    My suggestion was based upon something similar where it took a secure erase, then a clean install, to fix.

    But without specifics, my suggestion is a bit of a crap shoot.

    Hope that we hear back from the OP one way or another.
     

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