Problem installing OS X.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Loafmanuk, Sep 14, 2009.

  1. Loafmanuk macrumors newbie

    Sep 14, 2009
    Hi all, I'm afraid I'm new to Macs, so I may just be dumb, but I have spent about 8 hours so far trying to install OS X. I bought a sencond hand Intel Core 2 Duo MacBook which came with OS discs etc. but everything was password protected and I couldn't do anything with it. I formatted the hard drive (this was the main mistake I think). Now when I put the OS X 10.4.10 disc in and hold down the alt/option button I see a picture of a disc on the screen, with Mac OS X etc written under it and an arrow pointing up. I click on the arrow and the machine just reboots. I just saw that holding down 'D' while powering up runs diagnostics. When I do this it says it's not for this machine. Have I been done? And given the wrong discs for this machine? If so is there a workaround?

    I really appreciate any help, as I have spent a lot of money on this. Thanks in advance.
  2. iBookG4user macrumors 604


    Jun 27, 2006
    Seattle, WA
  3. Loafmanuk thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 14, 2009
    If I hold the 'c' key I hear the disc spinning up and reading a bit, then it reboots. :(

    The only thing I see is a grey screen which goes black and reboots.
  4. leighonigar macrumors 6502a

    May 5, 2007
    How did you manage to reformat the drive? If you couldn't log in before you must have booted up through holding down c or option with the disk in. I cannot fathom why this would no longer work to boot from the OS disk.
  5. Dan73 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 30, 2009
    Maybe the discs you received were not the original ones that came with the computer (and they're the type that only works with specific computers?)
  6. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Probably the wrong disks. Ask to get the real disks.
  7. Loafmanuk thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 14, 2009
    Hi all, I formatted it with a windows based utility disc. I deleted all partitions (Wish I hadn't now of course). I am a very capable PC user and have no problem building/upgrading PC's and installing OS's on PCs.

    I phoned the second hand shop earlier and they said it had a 7 day warranty, which has now expired (I've had it 9 days) and they don't want to know. I just hadn't used it until now.

    I may have to buy a retail version of OS X, assuming of course it will work! Anyone know if that will work?

    Thanks everyone for the replies!
  8. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    Retail versions usually install on any system.

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