Please help with another ibook HD wipe problem

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by UKmacman, Mar 26, 2008.

  1. UKmacman macrumors regular

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    I know there are already several threads with questions on how to wipe an ibook hard drive but this one is slightly different.

    I can't seem to boot my computer from the install disc that came with it. I turn off the computer, hold down c and get a folder with a question mark in it. However when the computer starts I can see the disc folders. I open up disc utility and can wipe the drive but is this really wiping it? I thought I had to boot up from the CD?

    I ask as I am selling my machine and don't want to think I have wiped something when I have not. I have also been through the same process (from the disc just running in the drive) to install OSX Tiger. But again how do I know if it has cleared all my old settings?

    Do I have faulty discs if I cannot re-boot from them. All I want to do is a clean and install!!!

    Please help - and fast - I am supposed to be selling this machine in a couple of days
     
  2. TEG macrumors 604

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    Does your iBook have DVD capabilities? Tiger is a DVD and you cannot boot onto it from an iBook with only a CD-ROM.

    TEG
     
  3. UKmacman thread starter macrumors regular

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    yes it is a DVD rom. Plays the DVD and I can run disc utility from that but is that the way to do it? I thought I had to boot up from the DVD by holding down c?
     
  4. TEG macrumors 604

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    You do, but if that doesn't work, try option.

    TEG
     
  5. UKmacman thread starter macrumors regular

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    just tried doing it with option key. I ket a screen with 3 things. On the left a refresh symbol, middle the mac osx hard drive and on the right a right arrow. The only thing I can click is the right arrow which then starts up the machine!

    Help!!!!
     
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  8. OrangeSVTguy macrumors 601

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    Do you have another Mac and a Firewire cable?

    Does the DVD drive actually work in the ibook? Or have you tried cleaning the Tiger disc? Holding down the option key, you should see your internal hard drive and the Tiger DVD if it can read it.
     

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