Reinstall OSX

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Sep 2, 2006
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Daytona Beach Fl
Hey y'all-
I'm trying to reinstall OSX, but it won't let me 'cause it says there is a newer version already there. This is before I get to the "erase and install" option.
How can I get around this?
Thanks
 

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macrumors newbie
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Sep 2, 2006
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Daytona Beach Fl
OK, here's where I'm at-
I can't click options because the button is not enabled.
I see nothing that says customize
I can't click erase and install because that button is on the next window which I can't get to.
Disc utility will not let me erase the disc. Buttons are not enabled.
Installer only shows one option as to where to install, MacintoshHD.
I can't install on MacintoshHD because "a newer version already exists" there.
I can't erase MacintoshHD because....return to top and repeat.

Any ideas?
 

bearbo

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Jul 20, 2006
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with the disk in, start up, press and hold C (just C, not option-C, not ctrl-C, just plain o' C)

... is that what you did?

if not, try that

if so, after everything stops (aka, waiting for user input), there's the menu up top, is that where you found disk utilities?
 

EricNau

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Apr 27, 2005
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lilstewart said:
Yeah, you could format the HD (disk utilites -> select HD -> erase) and then install. :)
Just to add to that, you have to run disk utility from the boot CD. (You cannot erase your startup drive while you are using it).

That's what I just did yesterday and it worked perfectly. :)