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    So my cousin just got a MacBook Air from her uncle, runs OSX Leopard, so vintage 07/08 I think? Anyway, the issue is that it takes forever to bootup, like 5 minutes. There's also a really loud noise coming from the back by the vents, it sounds like a fan or the hdd is going crazy. It has been dropped I believe. I have two questions concerning the thing. Is there any chance that reinstalling the OS will fix any of these issues (speed in particular)? If so, do you need the USB that came with that specific Mac or will any recovery image of Leopard work as a legitimate installation of Mac OS?

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    The noise is the biggest concern. If the machine was dropped, it could very well be the hard drive or fan that is making the sound. I would look after that first before even considering reinstalling the operating system. The slow boot time could be related to a damaged hard drive.

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    right. problem is I'm not sure it had apple care on it, and obviously a drop wouldn't officially be covered anyway. from the short time I spent with it, it definitely seemed to be coming from the back where the air vents are. So that would be the fan, but the slowness could definitely be from a dying hdd. That a fair assessment?

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