Mid 2010 Model A1278 / 2.4 or 2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo processor

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re installing os on new drive

im upgrading my hard drive but i cant install the os. i keep getting the screen that says you need to re start computer. ive tried the option and C buttons. what am i doing wrong.

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this is what i get no matter what i do

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If you just replaced your hard drive please recheck that your memory is properly seated. Whenever I get a kernel panic the first thing I check is memory.

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Insert your system installation disk and restart holding down the "C" key. Go to the second screen pull down menu to Utilities > Disk Utility. Select your drive on the left hand cloumn. Format it and give it one partition. Quit disk utility and continue with the system installation.

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Please tell me about the system installation you are trying to use. You're getting what is called a kernel panic. Was it doing this before the new HD?

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i tried that and the option key but i cant get to the disk utilities section. i cant get passed the grey screen that tells me to restart the laptop

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usually, when i reinstall a fresh OS on my MacBook, i do:

1. Reset the PRAM

*. turn on your Mac+Hold down the Option+Command+P+R (hold it down till the 3rd reset

2. after the reset (I'm assuming that the NEW HDD is installed) insert the OS CD for Leopard or Snow Leopard)

*. turn off Mac

*. Turn it back on

3. hold down Option

wait until the screen displays the HDD icon and the CD Rom option (usually, u dnt need to do this for Blank HDD) and let it load

4. once loaded, on the top you will see the Mac Utilities option.

*. Select Utilities and Disk Utilities to Format the HDD using Mac OS Extended (Journaled)

5. after format, close Disk Utility and move forward with the installation.

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What about using Recovery Disk Assistant?

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