MacBook won't boot from install disc

Discussion in 'macOS' started by timelessmelodee, Nov 20, 2013.

  1. timelessmelodee macrumors newbie

    Mar 21, 2011
    Hi there,

    I am trying to return my 2008 MacBook (white plastic body) to the factory settings by reinstalling it from the original disc.

    I start the computer up with the disc inside, and hold down C, however all that happens is you can hear the disc starts spinning, then stops. then starts again, then stops spinning. It doesn't actually boot from it :mad:

    Anyone know what the problem is, and how I can fix this?!

    many thanks!
  2. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

    Dave Braine

    Mar 19, 2008
    Warrington, UK
    Insert the DVD then shut down your Mac. Restart while holding down the Option/Alt key. After a short while you should see icons of the available Start Up discs; ie your MacHD plus the DVD. If you see the DVD then select it and continue.
  3. timelessmelodee thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 21, 2011
    thanks for your reply.
    I tried that, but it didn't work..just stayed grey. It's like the drive isn't recognizing or booting the disc, despite the fact it's the original one that came with the macbook, and it's in great condition (no scratches atall)..
    any ideas of what might be happening?
  4. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    likely the SuperDrive is going bad.

    Could try seeing if the DVD works on a different machine..
  5. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    As the poster above mentioned, there is a possibility that the SuperDrive isn't working right, or perhaps the lens is just dirty (a possibility if you haven't used it much lately).

    There are some "cleaning DVDs" available that might work. I've never used one, but others have reported that doing so helped in some circumstances.

    There are other strategies that could work.

    Do you have access to an external drive?
  6. timelessmelodee thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 21, 2011
    right so it might be the superdrive? i tried a cleaner cd I have here but still doesn't work :(. I just played a dvd on it though and it worked fine?!
    Any other ideas as to what it could be?
    thanks alot
  7. monkeybagel macrumors 65816

    Jul 24, 2011
    United States
    Are you using Mac OS X Install Disc 1?
  8. Duff-Man macrumors 68030


    Dec 26, 2002
    Albuquerque, NM
    Duff-Man says…I really suspect the drive is the issue, especially given the age of the computer. laptop drives are a little more fragile than others and I had both the '08 and '09 models here replaced just before Applecare expired.

    Does the drive read/write other discs ok? Any other bootable discs around - like Diskwarrior etc etc to confirm it's the drive and not the disc?

    If you (or a friend) has and external drive you can plug in and boot that way you'd get the desired result, but it you're doing to sell the old laptop then of course a faulty drive reduces the value - whether the cost of fixing is recoverable on resale is debatable, I'd guess probably not on something that old????

    Test every combo of possibilities you can - that narrows it down really quickly….oh yeah!

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