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Intel Macbook Flashing Folder, wont boot DVD

Just inherited oldish macbook, with replaced non-apple harddrive. Also without recovery disks. Originally booted into what I assumed was the install screen with the basic OS screen menu [whatever]. Attempted to install from disks, this didn't work so, Ran Disk Utility, erase disk and restarted. Try booting from (borrowed) OSX 10.5 disks. machine seemed to shipped with 10.4. and all that happens is the flashing folder with question mark. Have tried holding option key and cursor appears but nothing else and still wont boot disk.

Am more used to Windows computers so this is all more than a little confusing. Have i messed it all up?

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Just a note--any Universal retail OSX install disc will work. It's only a machine specific disc that won't unless it's for your model.

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Hi yeddi,333,

You say you originally booted into what you assumed was the install screen and tried to install from disks - then you later mention borrowed 10.5 disks - - was this one set of disks or two?

Unless those install disks (esp. the 10.5 disks) were for that version of MacBook, they likely won't work - different chip-sets from MacBookPro, iMac, etc. You'll need to either get the right recovery disks, or find someone who is able to re-image your computer via Target Disk Mode or using NetRestore, or some similar software product. If you don't have these resources, it's likely fastest/easiest to get the right install/recovery disks from Apple - - since they already sold the OS with that computer, you can maybe get a recovery done by them - - I'd call and ask.

Also - - does this MacBook have AppleCare (3 year extended warranty) - - if so, see if you can exercise that for actual hands-on assistance.

I'd also be sure that the hard drive was properly replaced and is actually working - - why was it replaced originally?

You're probably going to need to contact Apple for some assistance - go to this site to schedule phone support.

or go into your nearest Apple store and show it to one of the "geniuses" at their tech support desk.

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