Macbook 2006 OS Issues

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  1. thecoke091 macrumors newbie

    thecoke091

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    I recently bought a first gen macbook (2006, not late 2006) and it was described as having no OS. I have fixed many of these before by simply reinstalling OSx on it, and replacing a hard drive here and there, but this one is different.
    If i do not press any keys on boot, just the power button, i eventually get the flashing question mark folder.
    I have multiple disks for each OS, both retail and ones I made, but none of them have worked at all.
    I have tried every boot mode, "c" appears to do nothing, "command+D" does nothing, "alt/option" brings me to a white screen where i can move around the black cursor, but nothing else is on the screen, PRAM mode appears to work somewhat (restarts the computer and i hear the boot chime again, but back to whiteness) and holding the touchpad button while booting is the only way to eject disks so far.
    I have also tried different hard drives, different compatible RAM, and I disassembled the macbook (dont worry, ive been fixing electronics for years) and nothing seemed abnormal.
    I have done my best to search the internet and this forum looking for a solution, but nothing seems to make this macbook work any differently.
    I am currently on my Windows PC, and i do not have any other apple computers at the moment, so i was wondering if there was a way I could possibly install OS X (latest for this macbook is Tiger 10.4.6) onto a formatted SATA hard drive using my windows computer? or are there any other possible solutions to this issue?
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

    Intell

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    Do you have a retail 10.6 disc? That will boot and install on your Macbook. Also, the Command-D will only work on a Macbook of that vintage if it is running an OS that was originally installed from its restore discs.
     
  3. thecoke091 thread starter macrumors newbie

    thecoke091

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    i didnt think 10.6 worked on the first gen, i could be wrong, but the apple site said that the latest possible update for the first generation macbook was 10.4.6
     
  4. Intell macrumors P6

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    That was what they shipped with. Snow Leopard, 10.6, is supported on all early Intell based Macs. Apple still sells the discs for about $20.
     
  5. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    Even if you could do something to install 10.4.6 - you would need the original disks. The commercial (OS X 10.4.x) Tiger installer was PPC only. All the intel installs were system specific.
    The original Macbooks mostly shipped with 512MB - so you would need to make sure you have sufficient installed for Snow Leopard, which needs 1GB of RAM
     
  6. BrianBaughn macrumors 601

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    You need to eliminate the possibility that the CD/DVD drive isn't working properly if the Snow Leopard retail disk won't boot.
     
  7. PKBeam macrumors regular

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    You could try to eliminate the possibility of faults in the hard drive/optical drive by using both USB ports for installer and storage.
     

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