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    PLEASE HELP! My Macbook Pro has XP only now...NO OS X!!!!

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    Unhappy PLEASE HELP! My Macbook Pro has XP only now...NO OS X!!!!
    I came home this weekend to find my new Intel Macbook Pro is bad shape. My teenager heard you could put XP on Macs so he decided to reformat MY laptop with a Windows XP CD and now it won't so much as recognize any OS X software period. None of my Install CD's will even pull up and no key sequences work either! Please help me...and my son...he wants to live! Thanks in advance.

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    PLEASE HELP! My Macbook Pro has XP only now...NO OS X!!!!

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    My son formatted my Macbook Pro with XP!
    I now know why some animals consume their young! My son has killed my laptop by installing XP over Tiger by way of reformat and now I can't find a way to reverse this. It won't even recognize any OS X anything! Thanks

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    PLEASE HELP! My Macbook Pro has XP only now...NO OS X!!!!
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    that shouldn't even be possible.

    are you sure he didn't figure out how to use bootcamp?
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    PLEASE HELP! My Macbook Pro has XP only now...NO OS X!!!!
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    Outrageous!!

    You will have to start up off the restore DVD and reinstall (press C on start-up)

    Unless you have a back-up of your files, they are gone forever - sadly

    ^^ try erics suggestion first (but I think Bootcamp no longer works in Tiger)

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    PLEASE HELP! My Macbook Pro has XP only now...NO OS X!!!!
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    have you tried the suggestions here

    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=106693

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    PLEASE HELP! My Macbook Pro has XP only now...NO OS X!!!!

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    No boot camp. He somehow put in the XP disk and reformatted it. I am at a loss myself!

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    PLEASE HELP! My Macbook Pro has XP only now...NO OS X!!!!
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    does it actually boot up and work?
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    PLEASE HELP! My Macbook Pro has XP only now...NO OS X!!!!

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    have you tried holding down the "option" key at boot up? if there is a os X cd in the drive it should show up as a bootable option. Are you sure your mac partition is actually gone? maybe the windows partition is what is selected as the startup disc. If this is the case all you have to do is set os X as the start up disc.

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    PLEASE HELP! My Macbook Pro has XP only now...NO OS X!!!!
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    You could just use xp.

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    PLEASE HELP! My Macbook Pro has XP only now...NO OS X!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wintermoon View Post
    You could just use xp.
    [/me eyeballs post count and comment...]

    so are you the young who's about to be eaten?
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    PLEASE HELP! My Macbook Pro has XP only now...NO OS X!!!!

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    It works, but not really well. I went ahead and tried to reformat again with XP but I created a extra partition with nothing on it. I am going to try and locate some dmg files that I can place inside it even though XP won't open them then go back in and erase the xp partition. Anyone know what I should place in that extra partition that would allow my OS X disk to load? Thanks again everyone!

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    PLEASE HELP! My Macbook Pro has XP only now...NO OS X!!!!
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    i believe if you just put your install disks in and do what the link louishen provided says, you should be in good shape.
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    PLEASE HELP! My Macbook Pro has XP only now...NO OS X!!!!

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    I'm sure. As soon as I put in the OS X it won't even recognize it. Option key only works on my original gray cd's but when I double click on it nothing happens.

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    PLEASE HELP! My Macbook Pro has XP only now...NO OS X!!!!
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    Have you tried booting with the OSX DVD in the drive by holding down the C key right after the startup sound? Keep the key down and see if the boot from the OSX DVD starts. Give it a few.

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    PLEASE HELP! My Macbook Pro has XP only now...NO OS X!!!!
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    ah ha - I see!!

    you need to boot up with the install cd in then power down and restart pressing the C key (or alt key - see what works) as soon as the power comes on

    You have to start up the installer before XP has a chance to load

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