Reinstalling OS X for the first time

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Pivzavod, Mar 29, 2008.

  1. Pivzavod macrumors member

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    My MBP has the system transfered from older C2D machine, and it constantly shows the 'restart your computer' screen, so i'm going to reinstall OS X.
    The thing is that i don't want to loose all the stuff i have, although i want to perform a clean installation. With Windows partitioned drive in can be done easily, what is the way to do it in Leopard?
    Sorry for a silly question, but i think it's always good to hear a piece of advice from experienced users.
     
  2. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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  3. Pivzavod thread starter macrumors member

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    Well, everything was copied from my older machine using Firewire in the Apple store.
     
  4. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    "Everything" meaning what? Presumably, they used Migration Assistant to copy over your applications and user directory, not OSX.

    If you are now experiencing frequent kernel panics (which you are from your description), then the likely culprit is hardware. How old is your MacBook? When did the kernel panics start? Have you added any RAM?

    In the meantime, please don't attempt an OSX reinstall. Not only is this very unlikely to help, you could end up with an unbootable Mac.
     
  5. alphaod macrumors Core

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    If it's panic attacks, I'd hold off on the reinstall, but just to reference sake, to reinstall, I back up my important stuff (documents, pictures, etc.) to an external drive (or DVDs if you don't have an external---get an external). Do not back up apps; you should reinstall those later.

    Then you just put the restore DVD in your computer. When it's booting before the Apple logo shows up, press and hold the C key until the loading circle appears and then just wait. After the screen where it says Continue, go to options and select "Wipe and Install" and then just follow the rest of the prompts through.
     
  6. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    For the record, the choices are "archive and install" and "erase and install" (neither of which are wise to attempt at this point).
     
  7. alphaod macrumors Core

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    I mean "Erase and Install" and yes don't do the wipe yet. I was just answering the OP's request for the procedure.
     
  8. Pivzavod thread starter macrumors member

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    My MBP is about 1 month old, and i kernel panics started about a week ago. As far as i could understand from the details, my Norton antivirus was involved, so i uninstalled it(yesterday). Since then, everything is fine. Let's wait and see if that was the reason.
     
  9. TheSpecialist macrumors 6502

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    Why do you have Norton Antivirus on Mac OS X? You do know that Mac's don't get viruses, right?

    Anyway if nothing helps, including uninstalling some apps or reinstalling the OS, I suggest you go to an Apple store, and let them investigate your problem.

    Best of luck!
     
  10. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    That's a pretty good bet, if you ask me. Antivirus applications for the Mac are generally far more trouble than they are worth. Let us know how it works out.
     

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