Trying to format - won't start from install disc

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  1. ThomasM macrumors regular

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    I want to format my macbook pro and reinstall osx

    Problem is, i can't boot up the machine via the install disc

    I've tried holding down the c key, i've tried holding down the options key and selecting install disc.

    Just loads forever until screen turns black.

    Any suggestions ?
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Is it the install disc that came with your machine or a retail copy?
     
  3. ThomasM thread starter macrumors regular

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    The one that came with the machine
     
  4. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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  5. ThomasM thread starter macrumors regular

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    No
     
  6. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    If you've booted the MBP from the hard drive, is the OS X disc readable?
     
  7. ThomasM thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yes
     
  8. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    What happens if you try running the installer from the disc when it's mounted on your Desktop?
     
  9. ThomasM thread starter macrumors regular

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    I can start the install, but the machine reboots when there's 54 mins left, then it just loads forever until it boots in osx
     
  10. ThomasM thread starter macrumors regular

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    Update: I tried rebooting again and holding in the options button.

    Suddenly booted from the disc

    Which is great
     
  11. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    You're sure the disc is the one that came with the MacBook Pro? Which version of OS X is it? Is it one of the versions where it verifies the disc before installing? If so does it get through the verification?
     
  12. ThomasM thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yes, the disc is labeled 13" macbook pro, and i've only got one.

    I purchased the machine little over a year ago, so it's osx snow leopard.

    Weirdly enough it suddenly started working, bit worried about the state of the dvd
     
  13. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    I asked about the disc, because people tend to get these mixed up and not realize it. Have you used the disc before this? If not, it could be defective. I believe that if you contact Apple they will send you a new set for a nominal shipping cost. Good luck with the install.
     
  14. ThomasM thread starter macrumors regular

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    I've used it about 4 times before, never been a problem before.

    Finished installing it now, everything seems to work fine, hopefully it won't be a problem again
     

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