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    nysaz
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    Unhappy Installing OSX on a new HD
    just got a new macbook today, was installing a new hd drive.. 160 sata.. putting in was no problem, after i started my macbook, the light just started flashing, nothing is coming on the screen.. i was able to insert my osx cd.. but nothing on the disc is booting ... i have already tired holding down C and booting.. no luck.. am i suppose to format the hd before inserting it .. if so.. how ??.. any ideas..
    thanks in advance

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    It's most likely that the jumper settings are not correct. Try fiddling around with them.

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    nysaz
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    jumer setting??

    i didn't see any jumper setting or any jumpers that it came with?

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    Flash Fire
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    Hmmm. I'm planning on the same thing in a week or two, putting in a new HD I mean. Hopefully it won't be a problem. :-/

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    Quote Originally Posted by nysaz
    jumer setting??

    i didn't see any jumper setting or any jumpers that it came with?
    Yes sorry, correct. SATA drives don't need jumper settings. My mistake.

    What make and type of harddrive is it ?

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    nysaz
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Bobbins
    Yes sorry, correct. SATA drives don't need jumper settings. My mistake.

    What make and type of harddrive is it ?

    ist is a hitachi travelstar sata 160gb 5400 rpm

    would i need to format it bbefore hand or anything

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    nysaz
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    any one??

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    If the light is blinking rapidly, it means that the RAM is not seated correctly and isn't being detected.

    I'd check that first.

    Try holding down 'D' to boot the hardware test portion of the first install DVD. If that works, it should show you if the RAM is being correctly detected.

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    nysaz
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    i think you were right..
    so i fixed the ram.. works well
    but when i turn on the pc..
    regardless if i hold d or c ..
    nothing comes up on the pc..
    just a blank screen.. but the light is not flashing..
    is there somehting i would need to do to the hard drive before hand..
    thanks again

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    nysaz
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    any one???

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    Usually after installing a new harddrive you boot up from the CD, format the harddrive and install the system. No pre-formatting is needed so long as the harddrive is new and hasn't been used in any other computer and even then I don't think it matters.

    It's strange that the c button doesn't work. Is it possible that the wire to the CD player has been pulled slightly out ? Can you hear the CD spinning ?

    Is your OSX install disk original and unscratched ? try giving it a clean.

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    This is a day-old Macbook and you're having RAM and install problems? I'd take that sucker back if I were you.

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    nysaz
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    i am thinking about that.. but i dont want them to say "ohh we cant help you"

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    nysaz
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Bobbins
    Usually after installing a new harddrive you boot up from the CD, format the harddrive and install the system. No pre-formatting is needed so long as the harddrive is new and hasn't been used in any other computer and even then I don't think it matters.

    It's strange that the c button doesn't work. Is it possible that the wire to the CD player has been pulled slightly out ? Can you hear the CD spinning ?

    Is your OSX install disk original and unscratched ? try giving it a clean.

    cd/dvd works when i pop the old drive in.. the one that came with the macbook.. but when i use the new one.. no luck...
    cd does spin i hear that.. cd is orginal .. no scratches.. new cd...
    could it be a bad hard drive.. i got it from new egg??


    no issues with the ram now.. no flashing light.. but just so frustrated that i cant get the hd to work

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    If it's nothing else then I'd say it's the Hard drive too. SATA drives are supposed to be easy to install. neye: Have you got another system that you can test the harddrive on ?

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