iMac stuck at white screen, won't load from install DVD
So this is my fault, I admit it. But here are the details.
A friend gave me a 2007 iMac that had Tiger installed on the hard drive, but the school didn't wipe the drives and reinstall the OS, so I was stuck at a login screen. I was frustrated and got the idea to use the Snow Leopard install DVD that came with my MacBook Pro.
While I couldn't install that OS, I was able to use it to partition the hard drive three times (one for OS X when I can buy a copy, one for a Linux distro to use until then, and one small one for rEFInd later). All of these partitions were blank Mac OS Journaled partitions. So I have three blank partitions with no operating system installed.
When I tried to get out of the installer to restart, it asked me to select a startup disk. I selected the startup DVD (I thought this would boot up the installer from the DVD), and restarted. What I thought must have been wrong, because now all I get is a white screen. I'm either thinking I'm not waiting long enough for it to start, or it's stuck in a boot loop, and my Snow Leopard install DVD is stuck in the machine, as trying to eject it doesn't work. Holding Option on startup doesn't work either.
Please tell me I didn't brick this machine. I honestly don't know when I'd have the time to open it up and replace anything. Does anyone have any ideas?
Is this a good question?