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    I bought a used mid 2007 white macbook. It has a 2 GHz intel Core 2 Duo, 1GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, the start up disk is Untitled. It has Lion 10.7.5 installed. The owner that had it before me installed Lion, but did not do a clean install.
    I wanted to do an experiment and install windows xp in a separate partition. I opened up bootcamp to start the process. When bootcamp opened, I clicked continue and in the next window I got the message that my disk could not be partitioned.
    Then I shut down my computer and restarted it holding the option key. I discovered that there are two start up things, one untitled ( Lion) and one Windows.
    When I clicked the windows thing, it booted but I got the message "missing operating system"
    I need to know how to delete entirely the windows thing and get back the hard drive to where I can install XP.
    I do not have a Lion thumb drive to wipe the disk and reinstall Lion. What should I do?
    The computer did not come with the original install disks.

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    Use the Boot Camp Assistant to remove the Windows partition. If that doesn't work, post back and we'll try something else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    Use the Boot Camp Assistant to remove the Windows partition. If that doesn't work, post back and we'll try something else.
    I dont know how to do that. I just want to get rid of the windows entirely without loosing Lion.
    I've only been using Macs for about a year, the first one I had was a new 13 inch 2011air which got water damaged so I bought this one.

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    Start the Boot Camp assistant. Select create partition, then select restore. You'll receive a warning regarding that all data on the Windows (Boot Camp) partition will be lost. Press OK, apply.

    You had to use the Boot Camp assistant to create the partition in the first place, so you should be familiar with how to use it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    Start the Boot Camp assistant. Select create partition, then select restore. You'll receive a warning regarding that all data on the Windows (Boot Camp) partition will be lost. Press OK, apply.

    You had to use the Boot Camp assistant to create the partition in the first place, so you should be familiar with how to use it.
    I opened up Boot Camp Assistant and clicked continue and a window popped open that states: " The startup disk cannot be partitioned or restored to a single partition.
    Back up the disk and use disk utility to format it as a single mac os extended (journaled) volume. Restore your information to the disk and try using Boot Camp Assistant again."
    I quit BCA and opened up disk utility and had a choice of two things, the top choice is called 120.03 GB ST9120822A... The second choice is called untitled, I assume that is where my Lion OS is located.
    I clicked the first choice and all the buttons are greyed out. I clicked Partition, and there is a single partition and I clicked that button and and I had a choice of different numbers of partitions. I put it back to the current partition and left it alone.
    The Partition Information is: Name: Untitled. Format: Mac OS Extended (journaled). Size:120.03 GB
    The information below that is as follows: " To erase and partition the selected disk, choose a layout from the Partition layout from the Partition Layout pop-up menu, set options for each partition, and click apply. You can't resize the partitions on this disk because it uses the Master Boot Record partition scheme. This is the startup partition. You can't erase it"
    All the buttons are greyed out.
    I clicked the second choice and Followed the directions and clicked " Verify Disk" In the box it stated " verifying volume "Untitled". After it finished verifying the disk I got the message in green " The volume untitled appears to be OK"
    I clicked Verify Disk Permissions and it started. I got the message:" Warning SUID file "System/Library/Core...s been modified and will not be repaired." I let it run its course and got hundreds of messages that stated :"Permissions differ on "System/Library/M...should be... they are..."
    After 22 minutes I clicked "Repair Disk Permissions" and let that run its course.
    After that finished, I closed everything and restarted my computer and tried everything mentioned above again. When I clicked Verify Disk Permissions I got the same warning.
    So what should I do? I'm thinking about taking it to a Mac repair place where I live and have them see what they can do to get my system back the way it should be.
    I'm also thinking of purchasing a Lion thumb drive and try to wipe my disk and reinstall Lion. I just want that confounded empty windows OS gone.
    Thank you for your help.

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    By the way, I decided not to install XP, it seems more trouble than it's worth. I like the Mac system a lot better than windows, everything is more convenient and easy to work with than on a windows machine.

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    Also, I did not install the windows OS and then delete it resulting in an empty OS, when I bought the used MB it arrived as described, with Lion and the empty windows OS installed.
    Whoever owned it before I did, messed with everything and now I have to get it fixed.
    Other than that, Lion works perfectly. Too bad I can't upgrade to ML and then Mavericks when it comes out.

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    Take a screen shot of Disk Utility and post it here.

    Cmd shift 4 to take a shot of the DU window.
    To post it, hit the 'Go Advanced' button below the reply box and scroll down to manage attachments.
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    I tried logging in on my mac, but when I entered my user name and pass word firefox directed me to a blank page!!! I'm using my windows machine to write this, Because of that I am not able to give you a screen shot from my mac.
    So my question is, should I order a Lion thumb drive, wipe my disk from the install thumb drive and then do a clean install of Lion? That should take care of the whole problem.

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    Hit the refresh button on the browser &/or try another browser.
    We've had that issue with the forum on occasion here lately - hitting the refresh button and sometimes even just scrolling causes the page to come up.

    Don't even know if you can order 10.7.
    I know you can't get it without a phone call unless you have purchased it with your Apple ID as it is not available online except through your purchases.
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    I tried refreshing the page and using the back button, nothing worked, it just brought me back to the blank page.
    I can order a brand new Lion thumb drive on Amazon still factory sealed,

    Amazon.com: os x lion usb thumb drive

    Amazon.com : OS X Lion USB Thumb Drive : Computers & Accessories

    My question about buying from Amazon is, is it legal to buy this from a third party? I want to buy it from the online Apple Store but it seems that they are discontinued.

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    I dont trust the digital down load that is offered, because as far as I know Apple is no longer offering any digital down loads from the Apple store.

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    Yeah, Apple discontinued it when ML was released.

    Legally wise - don't know. Would go with one of the Apple flash drives if you get one rather than the ripped to DVD copies - it was never sold on DVD. And the flash drives may not work if it is a drive that shipped with a specific Mac rather than the retail copy.

    Several of the reviewers noted that you can buy it direct from Apple for $20 by calling them at 1-800-MYAPPLE.
    Would try that first.
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    OK thanks, I'll try calling Apple first and see if I can order it from them. I didn't know the thumb drives were machine specific.
    A few months ago I ordered a retail copy of SL from the 1800 number and they processed my order over the phone and in a few days I had my copy of SL and installed it on a 2006 17 inch MBP I got from PowerMax. It was great till I stupidly spilled several large drops of water on the track pad. But thats another story.

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    Do the thumb drives have the ability to do a clean install of Lion? I would rather wipe my disk and start over fresh.

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