blank drive, cant install mac os x 10.5.6
i have a used macbook a1181, the hard drive is blank. i have the grey install disks, but keep getting the error that it cannot be installed on this computer. i have checked and the partition is done as guid, but still not installing. any help?
See if the drive can be reformatted using disk utilities, also if you can then successfully repair the drive. The attempt continuing installation. Are you sure these are the original installation disks? Please give us the last three figures of your serial number and the part numbers on the installation disk.
The hidden partition you are not seeing is the EFI partition. It contains the boot loader programs for all operating systems installed (in other partitions) on the device, device driver files (used by the firmware at boot time) for other devices, and system utility programs that are intended to be run before an operating system is booted. Make sure you are clicking on the actual drive when you are creating a partition...and not the drives name. Under Volume Scheme select 1 Partition. Under options select Mac OS Extended (Journaled). Click Apply. Don't worry about the format, as it will happen automatically in the next step. Another thing to try is to power off the machine...then hold the "D" key as you boot and test your hardware.
You are booting from the DVD drive correct? and not trying to partition your boot drive while in Mac OS...right?
I am going to have to agree with everyone else that your Disk 1 is not correct or corrupt.
This is from the Manual that came with your PC:
Reinstalling the Software That Came with Your MacBook
You can use the software installation discs that came with your computer to reinstall Mac OS X and any applications that came with your computer.
Important: Apple recommends that you back up the data on your hard disk before restoring software. Apple is not responsible for any lost data.
Installing Mac OS X and Applications
To install Mac OS X and the applications that came with your computer:
1 Back up your essential files. Because the Erase and Install option erases your hard disk, you should back up your
essential files before installing Mac OS X and other applications.
2 Make sure your power adapter is connected and plugged in.
3 Insert the Mac OS X Install Disc 1 that came with your computer.
4 Double-click Install Mac OS X and Bundled Software. To install only the applications
that came with your computer, double-click Install Bundled Software Only.
Note: To install iCal, iChat AV, iSync, iTunes, Safari, and the iLife ’08 applications, double-click Install Mac OS X and Bundled Software.
Follow the onscreen instructions.
After selecting the destination volume for installation, continue following the onscreen instructions. Your computer might restart and ask you to insert the next Mac OS X installation disc.
Note: To restore Mac OS X on your computer to the original factory settings, click Options in the “Select a Destination” pane of the Installer, and then select “Erase and Install.”
You don't have any other peripherals plugged in while doing this correct?
No offense taken...what I am saying is the install DVD may not appear to be working correctly. The DVD preloads information into memory before the first screen appears to you. Is it not possible for something to be wrong with the DVD? You should have been able to do the "D" test if that was the DVD that shipped with your PC. If it is just a standard Leopard DVD, it will never happen. It is very possible for your hard drive to be bad, but it doesn't make sense to me why you are not able to do that particular test. Are you holding down the "C" key while booting up? What happens when you do?
I just noticed an earlier post of yours "...With the dvd ejected, holding either c or d when powering on gives me the flashing folder." This needs to be done with the DVD in the drive. Also try holding the option key down while powering up the computer. This will give you an option to boot from the DVD or Hard drive....The DVD is what you want here...
The 4sns/ is a problem with one of the heat sensors in your machine. I do not have a repair manual for this machine, but there are some really great guides on this site that tell you the locations of your specific notebook. Here is a link to the Apple forum addressing this issue: https://discussions.apple.com/search.jsp...
Sorry you are still having issues with this. I have scoured the apple forums and you are not alone. The DVD's that ship with your particular model are suppose to restore. People are complaining that if you use previous versions or later versions of the OS it doesn't always guarantee a working machine. I am reading more and more that if you use a retail version of OSX Snow Leopard, more than likely it will fix the issue. I have not ruled out like you, that the hard drive is bad, only because it is showing up in diskutility and you are able to partition it. 3 more options come to mind here:
1. Call Apple Support and ask them why it won't work and hope to get a free set of disks sent to you.
2. Take it into an apple store and ask them about the error. They will look at it for free, but will charge you to fix it. They are pretty friendly and may offer you a new suggestion or keyboard combo...Like holding down the option key while booting and forcing the DVD to read.
3. While you are there, buy a Mac OSX Snow Leopard DVD. It's a good idea to have one of these anyway.
4. If you have access to another mac, you can remotely install the OS onto your drive.
Let me know...