Messed up start up and upgrade issue.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by StevenMacintosh, Mar 23, 2011.

  1. StevenMacintosh macrumors newbie

    Mar 2, 2011
    My MacBook starts up to a black screen, and continues to fill with text (things turning on). It came installed with Snow Leopard. I upgraded the RAM (while on Snow Leopard.) I some how broke the HDD and replaced it with a HDD from my brother's old and useless Mac. The OS was downgraded to Leopard. I finally got a (torrented version, I am not paying for another disc that they should have given me!). Anyways, when I try to upgrade the OS this is how it goes.

    -- Click here to install OS.
    -- Enter password.
    -- Click okay to restart.
    -- Goes to black screen (shuts everything off.)
    -- Turns to white screen.
    -- Goes to black screen very quickly. (I don't see the rotating icon or apple image anymore on the white screen)
    -- Turns on.
    -- Asks me to login.
    -- No changes to the OS.

    Please help!
  2. JediMeister macrumors 68040

    Oct 9, 2008
    It's very possible that your torrented version of 10.6 was made from a system-specific gray install DVD, and not from a retail version which you could use to upgrade from 10.5 to 10.6; another possibility is that you somehow burned the downloaded disk image wrong and the computer is not able to start up to the disc you created.
    I am curious though, who is it that you feel should have given you the install DVD? Apple? a reseller or individual who sold you the MacBook? If you bought the computer brand new, absolutely Apple should have provided you the discs; if they weren't in the box you should have called AppleCare and asked for a complimentary replacement set. If from a reseller or individual it's on them to include the DVDs at time of sale, and if they didn't, they should have accordingly reduced the price because it's technically not a whole system without a set of discs that you would potentially need to correct a software issue down the line.

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