Preparing Imac for resale. Quick Question?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by cc1995, Oct 28, 2009.

  1. cc1995 macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2009
    I zeroed out my harddrive and then did a reinstall of Leopard for the person I'm selling it to. Everything went great and at the end of the install it said it had to restart to finish the installation. I restarted and the movie started playing and when the movie finished it started to try and pair with my wireless mouse. At this point I hit (command + Q) to shutdown the computer so that when the person I'm selling it to starts it up for the first time, it will look like a brand new computer and he can use the setup assistant and put in his own Administartor name, etc. I think I did everything right there, but my only concern is that I couldn't eject the install disc for Leopard before I could shutdown the computer. I figure once the new customer sets up th computer and gets to the desktop he should be able to eject it then, but I just want to be sure since I've never done this before. I just want to make sure that by me shutting it down with the install disc still in it that when he turns it on it will not try to reinstall Leopard all over again from scratch.

    Hoping someone on here has done this before and has any experience in this area. i would appreciate any input you might have since I want to make sure I'm giving this to the buyer in good working order and the disc won't be stuck in there with no way to get it out.

  2. ReggaeFire macrumors 6502

    Mar 19, 2003
  3. cc1995 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2009
    Do I need to type in terminal commands like that? I thought if I zeroed out my Hard drive and reinstalled a clean install from scratch that my user account I used to log into my machine and would need to type in so I could install programs onto my Imac would all be erased and the person buying my computer could put all his new account information in when he does the setup assistant himself.

    I need to kknow that once he turns on the computer and sets up the computer that it's not going to ask him to type in my old administartor account and password. I can't see how they would ask for that since I zeroed out my entire harddrive before reinstalling Leopard.

    Any help? Should I be OK with what I did?
  4. Kronie macrumors 6502a


    Dec 4, 2008
    Just turn it back on and when you get to the welcome screen. (after the movie) eject your cd and just power down the machine.
  5. richprice79 macrumors member

    Mar 7, 2009
    St Augustine
    or boot holding down the option key when you get to the selection screen hit the eject button on your apple keyboard next to the volume keys
  6. cc1995 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2009
    So after it installs and restarts and the movie plays and when it asks to pair with my mouse I should let it pair and then it will take me to a Welcome screen and then instead of proceeding I should hit the eject button on the keyboard and then hit (command+q) to power down?

    Is that right? I just want to make sure I don't go too far into the setup that the person buying doesn't get to see the movie when he first turns on his computer.

    Thanks for the input everyone, I appreciate it. If you could just give me a yes or no on if what I wrote above is correct.


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