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mackybooky 02-11-2009 04:19 AM

How to reinstall Mac Os
I have got an used Macbook A1181, with Intel C2D CPU and need to reinstall operating system as earlier one is messed up with experimenting by earlier usage and there doesn't seem to be more option left but to reformattting to clean up.
What options there are to get missing installation CD's? Can I download Mac OS and later drivers like for Windows XP?
Does Max OS requires a activation like XP?

I'm not sure what version is installed now but "check for updates" offers to download 10.5.6 675MB


kahlil88 02-11-2009 04:33 AM

To reinstall, boot from the install disc by holding down the "C" key right after the startup sound. The "archive and install" option will preserve your data and make a backup of the old system (which you can delete later). You don't have to download any drivers as they are included in the OS. A clean install wouldn't be a bad idea, since you can also disable extra languages and unneeded printer drivers to save space.

mackybooky 02-11-2009 09:38 AM

And the install disk is named something like Mac Osx 10.5 Leopard Pc x86?
The macbook doesn't have any serials attached.
Is there a Mac Leopard key, I must write down from computer before fresh install?
I wonder, do I need to reactivate it after installation or is Mac hardware recognized automatically and no questions asked?

Thank you!

Ps. I don't have any original CDs but need to download one.

bobtomay 02-11-2009 10:08 AM

What you need to do is call Apple and get a replacement set of disks for your machine. Have read those are around $30-40.

Or, you can purchase a retail set of Leopard disks.

This forum abides by U.S. law. Therefore, the illegal downloading and installing is not something we discuss here.

mackybooky 02-11-2009 12:01 PM

Thanks for replies. But isn't, that Mac Os isn't sold separately? One can't install it to anything else but Mac and licence is already included with hardware?

A friendly reply would be of a great help and I'm not sure what do you consider illegal in my posting.

I hope the question isn't against US laws as Mac owner might to know it preliminary.

???Does it requires any serial I must write down from MY MACBOOK prior to clean install???

Thanks for understanding.

bobtomay 02-11-2009 12:43 PM

I believe that particular Mac shipped with Tiger. If you want to do a fresh install of the original OS on the machine give Apple a call. They only charge a minimal amount to replace the disks. The original disks are system specific. I do not believe a Tiger retail disk will install on an Intel machine.

If you want to install Leopard, and were not given a set of Leopard disks with the machine, then you don't really have a legal copy of it. You'll need to purchase a retail copy.

mackybooky 02-11-2009 05:27 PM

Thanks! About this Mac states OS x 10.5. Googling claims it's a Leopard. It must be the origanal installation, I don't believe that previous user even thought about updating op system.

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