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Well my brother bought a macbook pro off of ebay and we cant even use it. Theres a user account with a password that we dont even know! The thing didnt come with any cds so I went out and bought a legal copy of mac os x tiger from compusa. Im trying to boot from the cd but nothing happens!!! I tried holding down c while the laptop is booting and no luck. I called apple tech support and he was no help at all. Every key combo he told me to hold while booting did nothing. Booting while holding Alt/option brings me to a page that shows a icon for rEFLt and Windows. I click on windows and it launches ubuntu studio( so i guess they guy was dual booting osx and ubuntu). Clicking on rEFLt brings me to another screen that has several icons:
Apple icon that says Boot Mac X from "username here", Linux penguin that says Boot Linux from HD, Start EFI Shell, Start Partitioning Tool, About rEFIT, Shut Down Computer, Restart Computer. Thats about it, if you have more specific questions i can probably answer them. Anyone have a clue on what to do. I dont want to take it to the apple store to get it serviced since its out of warranty and the fact i just spent 140 bucks on OS X cd also it came with a busted battery so i need to replace that too(140 bucks again!!!).
    
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I would recommend hopping over to http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/ and asking there. The community here are not the biggest fans of apple in general, that website is devoted to them, lol. You may get help in regards to your situation.

However, could you click on the partitioning tool in linux? Then you could (hypothetically, although I have never had to) wipe everything and create a new single...piece? The word has left my head.

Does linux function properly? I.E, can you get to the internet on it, then you could download a better formating tool and see if that works.

But, as I say, ask the experts over at the mac-forums.
    
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ty for the link, um i cant get into linux either cause theres a password on it and it looks like xserver isnt functioning properly since it gives me error and yes i tried root root. lol, people who are familar with linux should get that.
    
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You could download a linux live cd, see if that works?

I am not experienced with linux in the slightest, however, but if you could get online then anythings possible...
    
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rEFit is a tool to dual boot with linux and mac or doze. the mac disc should appear in the rEFIt menu when it is in the drive.

Boot while holding alt/option.
Select the rEFIt icon.
Select your mac cd.
Reinstall.

I noticed you have clicked the rEFIt icon. Was the disc in the drive when you clicked on it?


EDIT::

LMAO it sounds like the guy tried to install linux and screwed up on the video drivers part, got scared, and sold it. lolololol
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rEFit is a tool to dual boot with linux and mac or doze. the mac disc should appear in the rEFIt menu when it is in the drive.

Boot while holding alt/option.
Select the rEFIt icon.
Select your mac cd.
Reinstall.

I noticed you have clicked the rEFIt icon. Was the disc in the drive when you clicked on it?
yea, the cds been in the drive. I dont get any icon or option to boot from the cd...
    
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not even before you click the refit menu button?

That is truly strange.
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not even before you click the refit menu button?

That is truly strange.
yup...thats the the apple guy said! He suggested taking it to the apple store where they are probably gonna just replace the HDD. Grrr, thats more money i gotta spend lol...
    
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If I wipe it clean and install vista on it will I have problems installing MAC OS X on it later?
    
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This is what one member responded with on my post on the mac forums:

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The retail version of OS X 10.4 is not compatible with Intel machines. If you can, you should try to return it to CompUSA for a credit or refund.
Your best bet is to search auction sites and see if anyone is selling discs that were specifically made for a Macbook Pro (not a Macbook, not a Mac Pro, not a Mini or iMac, etc).

Unless it is one of the original Macbooks released, it should still be under warranty. To find out, go to this page and type the serial number in the box under "About Your Support Coverage" on the right-hand side. That will tell you how long you have left on a warranty if you still have one.

If you cannot find Macbook-specific discs on ebay or the like, an Apple store might be able to help you out. Give them a call or stop by one if you can.
    
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