Old mac restore

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  1. Miss Trust macrumors newbie

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    I bought a new "air" , so I don't need my old notebook anymore.

    Thought I would take out all my junk, restore to factory settings and give it to my young grandson.

    There is two disc. I put the first one through, then when I was asked for the second disc, I put it in and and error occurred. Reason: was because that was the wrong disc 2 and I haven't got it anymore. That disc 2 was from my old desk model.

    So now I am stuck there. Cannot get out of the instal mode. "an error occurred while installing Mac osX click continue for details..........clicked continue......

    :Install Failed" Mac OSX would not be installed on your computer (large yellow quotation mark !)

    Nothing seems to move me in any direction, even shutting off the computer and restraing (with off/on button), it just comes back to where it quit.

    Is there anything I can do to install this to factory settings?

    Thanks :)
     
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  3. Miss Trust thread starter macrumors newbie

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    What happens when you try to boot while holding down Command-R?

    If the computer boots while holding down Command-R, the go into Disk Utility, click on MacIntosh HD in the upper left and then choose Erase Disk. Format it as Apple Extended Format (Journalled).

    Then quit Disk Utility and choose "Install Operating System".
     
  6. Miss Trust thread starter macrumors newbie

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    How do you boot a dark screen, the only thing that is seen is the sign saying (above)

    ok, i have the computer upside down and I am trying to tread it Weasel
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    Model ! A1181
    Rated 16 5Vdc
    3.65A
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    Canadian ICES-003
    Class B
     
  7. cjmillsnun macrumors 68020

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    OK it's a whitebook of some kind. Sadly they were all A1181.
     
  8. Miss Trust thread starter macrumors newbie

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    TM and 2007
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    I shouldn't have tried to restore because it was working ok for a child to learn on..but too late now, I guess
     
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    http://www.everymac.com/systems/app...-core-2-duo-2.16-white-13-mid-2007-specs.html

    Sounds like one of these then. That can run Lion, but there is no way for you to get it and install it directly (legally). At this point I think your best bet is to but the retail OS X Snow Leopard DVD and use that to get running.

    Apple usually sells it for $19.99, but the last couple days I notice the normal link to the online store for it is broken. I see some for sale on eBay or Amazon. You cant to make sure you get the white retail DVD and not one of the OEM grey ones.
     
  10. Miss Trust thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ok, well, I am not going to buy it. He doesn't even know I was thinking of giving it to him. So, tell me, how do I destroy this white mac? Just smash it with a hammer? hahaha.
    Do I put it in the regular garbage?
     
  11. blesscheese macrumors 6502a

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    It should go into electronic recycling, Apple stores should take it back....definitely do not discard into the trash!
     
  12. Miss Trust thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I don't want what is on it, to be seen so I have disable it somehow. How do you smash it and will liquid come out?
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    What about if I put it in the washing machine with plenty of bleach and soap will that destroy it?
     
  13. JohnDS macrumors 65816

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    Take it to Apple for recycling. Anything else is environmentally irresponsible.
     
  14. Miss Trust thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I can't take it to Apple, it is too far away. I was thinking of shipping it, but first I have to destroy the content. Anyone any idea how I can do that?

    Would a Computer repair shop be able to get it unstuck or know how to destroy the content?
     
  15. admwright macrumors regular

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    You do not need to destroy it. All you need to do is secure erase the hard disk. I am pretty sure with the Disk 1 you can boot the laptop and access the disk utility. From there erase the hard disk, selecting a secure erase and as many overwrites are you think is necessary. One should be OK but each additional overwrite is more secure, just takes more time.
     
  16. elf69 macrumors 65816

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    or simply remove HDD.

    Fairly simple in that model as a friend has one.

    Do not destroy it as lots of people would love to own such a machine.
     
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    Just follow this video to remove the hard drive and smash it with a hammer. Then donate the MacBook to a local charity. Lots of those places have teens who can fix this thing up in no time and use it or sell it.
     
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  19. Miss Trust thread starter macrumors newbie

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    No, it can't be done. It is frozen, just a grey screen and notice
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    Great idea Weasel, that video is easy enough to follow.......thanks, that is what I will do.
     
  20. Mr_Brightside_@ macrumors 68020

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    If you're in Toronto I can make sure it's properly disposed of.
     
  21. Miss Trust thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I am in Toronto Bright and I might consider that, but I am busy right now .... I am in the middle of a move.

    Would you need the HD like above in the video?

    I don't want to let it out of my site while that info is in there. I'll keep it in mind when things slow down here.

    Miss Trust
     
  22. Mr_Brightside_@ macrumors 68020

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    I'd be happy to remove the drive, erase it in front of you, then leave it to you to destroy, and dispose of the computer.

    If you'd like to at some point, send me a PM.
     
  23. Miss Trust thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That's very generous of you Bright. I will think it over once things slow down for me and I will pm you when the time comes.
     

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