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Macbook 13" - how to reboot from instal CD after Kernel error

Macbook was working fine. While installing updates, it shut down suddenly in the middle of the Mac OS upgrade. When I tried to re-boot got a kernel error stating: Mac OS version not yet set.
It says to restart, but nothing happens when I do. Just returns to the error. After following several threads I took out the battery, and the RAM and the hard drive and reinstalled them. Inserted the Mac OSx install disk. Nothing. Restarted. Held down the option key when the chime went, got a list of bootable devices. Chose the CD.
Now it is making noise like the CD is working, but it's been over 10 min and not sure if anything is happening.
Anyone have any experience with this?? How long should I let the CD run?

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  • heather_wurt Mar 08, 2009

    It gave me 2 choices either hard drive or CD drive, chose the latter. Just see the apple and the spinning circle and nothing is happening. Has been about 20 min now.

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