Macbook won't boot past Mac OS X Utilities?

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  1. Viciously macrumors newbie

    Viciously

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    I've just purchased a Mac A1181 for my girlfriend. It was under some girls admin name and they didn't know the password so nothing could be done, I decided to factory reset it following online instructions. I tried deleting the hard drive and now whenever I click Reinstall MAC OS X and put in my Email/Password for my Apple ID it doesn't let me re-install it, it just says ''This Item Is Temporarily Unavailable'' I've also tried doing the partition thing and it says unable to unmount disk.

    I don't know what to do as it won't bring up the desktop at all anymore, whenever I turn it on it just brings me straight to MAC OS X Utilities and I don't know what to do to get past it, thank you!

    I've just tried and it says.
    ''MAX OS X Lion
    Mac OS X will be installed on the disk ''Mac OS X Base System''

    Above it is Recovery HD with 650 MB total and 129.9 MB available
     
  2. bcave098 macrumors 6502

    bcave098

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    It won't boot to anything else because you erased the startup volume. This error most likely means you haven't purchased OS X Lion with your Apple ID. I would suggest getting a copy of the Snow Leopard DVD and use that or buy and redeem OS X Lion in the App Store on another Mac.
     
  3. Viciously thread starter macrumors newbie

    Viciously

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    I don't have access to another mac so I'll try and get Snow Leopard DVD and do it, do I need to put Snow Leopard in another mac or can I put it in the mac and it'll just boot?
     
  4. bcave098 macrumors 6502

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    You don't need another Mac to use the DVD.
     

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