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    Help - reinstalling Snow Leopard
    I want to reinstall Snow Leopard, so made sure I had my time machine back up current, disconnected the time machine drive and put in the Snow Leopard disk.

    I chose "recover from Time Machine" and it asked me to restart the computer with the Snow leopard CD in, which I did. But now when the macbook pro starts, I get the grey screen with the apple and nothing else.

    Can someone help?

    Thanks

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    Best thing to do would be to re-install osx again from the disk, without choosing from time machine. Once it has installed restore from your latest backup.

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    OK, will do that. But right now all I get is the grey screen with the apple in the middle. I can't get the CD back out?

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    You will have to boot up from the CD anyway to re-install OSX, hold down the "alt" key just after you hear the boot-up chime for an option to boot from the CD.

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    That did it thanks!

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    No problem pal

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    Ok, not sure I am doing what I want to do. I want to wipe everything and start fresh (am having some performance issues). I installed snow leopard, but still have all my files, settings, etc.

    What do I do if I want to wipe everything, reinstall the OS (snow leopard), then recover from time machine?

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    Ok easiest thing to do, will be to boot from the disc, from the top menu select utilities then disk utility. Select the hard drive and perform a format on it (Mac OS journaled I think would be best), once this has completed then install again.

    Hope this helps

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    Back to my old 2.2GHz C2D MB after selling my MBP and wondering what my next Mac will be :)
    Here's the step by step:

    -Boot from the install disc holding C while booting until you see the spinning gear.
    -Select language and click continue.
    -Select utilities>disk utility in the menu bar (this takes a few seconds to appear).
    -Select the HD at the top of the list on the left.
    -Click erase tab.
    -Format Mac Os Extended (Journaled).
    -Name Macintosh HD.
    -Click erase.
    -Quit disk utility menu, and continue with installation.

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    I can't seem to reboot from the disc. I restart while holding down the alt (option) key. It gives me the option of my hard drive, or the Mac OS X Install DVD. If I pick the Mac OS X Install DVD, it freezes on the apple screen - I never get the spinning gear.

    Any ideas?

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    It is holding down the 'C' button!
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    Yes, tried that too, but did not get anywhere - no spinning gear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jam2000 View Post
    That did it thanks!
    This post you had success!

    Quote Originally Posted by jam2000 View Post
    I can't seem to reboot from the disc. I restart while holding down the alt (option) key. It gives me the option of my hard drive, or the Mac OS X Install DVD. If I pick the Mac OS X Install DVD, it freezes on the apple screen - I never get the spinning gear.

    Any ideas?
    Suddenly no success?

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    I was confused

    All is good now, I was trying to use my Snow leopard disc which was older than the new machine I have now (not that bright!).

    Thanks for the help!

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    So..
    What solved the problem? I have the similiar problem!

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