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    need help with os x!!!

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    need help with os x!!!
    i just got my iMac fixed and got it back the other day. the guy who fixed it had to put xp on it and told me i had to reboot it with os x tiger and update to snow leopard. i cant get internet or noting on my iMac right now and i seriously have no idea what to do. can some one please help me asap. tell me what to download and what to install to get it running on snow leopard again

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    need help with os x!!!
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    You go out and buy the Snow Leopard disc ~ there is nothing to download other than pirate copies. Sounds like you took it to some guy at a PC shop who knows nothing about Macs.

    Suggest you buy the Snow Leopard disc, boot from the disc and format the hard drive, partition, and do a clean install from your new discs. Then consider installing XP or whatever via BootCamp.

    To run Snow Leopard your machine, of which you provided no helpful details, must be an Intel model as PPC iMacs such as G5 etc, will not run Snow Leopaqrd.
    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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    need help with os x!!!

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    See your other post where I responded with the clean install instructions.
    Please don't cross post
    http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/win...5-xp-os-x.html

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    sorry about the cross posting ive just been very frustrated with this because i havent had my mac in two weeks. well when i first got it it came with xp and i booted snow leopard and it worked fine but this guy told me to do tiger first so i wasnt sure, but ill be fine just booting snow leopard right from the disc?

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    I don't know what this guy did, or is talking about.

    When you say it came with XP, I'm guessing that you mean that it had XP installed with bootcamp, as in you had to hold option when starting, and pick between OS X and XP to boot.

    When you hold option while booting now, what comes up?

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    No I don't think it's bootcamp, see my Mac would not turn on about two weeks ago, I would press power and the circle loading icon would come on but it would shutdown after, so the guy came to look at it and said it was the harddrive so he replaced the harddrive and the RAM and when he did he installed windows xp on it and told me i had to instal is x tiger first before I update to snow leopard, because I can't access Internet or anything on it right now, and I have no idea what to do

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    Os x tiger *

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    I don't know what he's done or why you can't access the internet, and I don't know what the guy did, as a failed hard drive won't make the much shut down after the loading circle.... actually sounds like RAM or Logic board if anything, or a liquid spill.

    Anyway, if you have you're original install discs, follow my clean install instructions in your other thread http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/win...5-xp-os-x.html
    If you don't, go get Snow Leopard and perform the clean install.

    PS. Stay away from non authorised Apple Repairers

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    i had the original discs but my dad lost them.. so i downloaded a copy and its a dmg file, would i burn the dmg file or change it to .iso and burn it? well i went to this guy because i bought my mac used off of someone so i wasnt sure if apple would take care of it considering i dont have warranty or anything on it

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    Quote Originally Posted by coppola21 View Post
    i had the original discs but my dad lost them.. so i downloaded a copy and its a dmg file, would i burn the dmg file or change it to .iso and burn it? well i went to this guy because i bought my mac used off of someone so i wasnt sure if apple would take care of it considering i dont have warranty or anything on it
    Downloading OS X is illegal, and even if it weren't, it would be a great way to get malware!
    No help is going to be given to you here!


    Call Apple with your serial number and they'll send you original install discs for around $17-$20, or buy Snow Leopard $29.
    I would advise buying both!

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    yah i was just gonna do that, where would my serial number be located?

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    need help with os x!!!

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    Since you can't log into OS X, and I don't know which iMac you have....
    Locating your iMac Serial Number

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    now the software i need to buy is mac os x snow leopard for 35$ correct? and just do a clean install ill be fine?

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    US$29 from Apple, or there abouts wherever you are located depending on where you buy it.
    Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard - Apple Store (U.S.)

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    thank you very much!!! im installing it at the moment thanks for all the help!!

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