Thanks for your reply. It didn't work, I tried it twice. Again, flashing question mark in a folder on a light grey screen.
If you have any other ideas that would be great.
Sorry for the delay, I didn't have my disks with me where I was over the weekend and I just got back this afternoon.
I followed your instructions and it went fine until I restarted. It keeps going back to the Installer. When I quit the Installer it asks me to choose a Startup Disk, giving me three options: the startup disk (disk 1 is in there), the Mac OSX 10.4.11 folder, and a "Network Startup" disk that has a question mark on it. I chose the Mac OS folder, but when it restarted it kept coming back to the Installer and did the same thing again. I can't seem to get the disk out of the drive as well.
Any ideas what to do?
Nope, same thing again.
Back on Saturday I had also called Apple Support but he didn't want to help me because I'm out of warranty. However after a long while searching for an Apple Store he started to finally help, and told me to remove the batter and hold Option and I think it was Apple key at the same time for 30 seconds. (I had a hard time understanding him, I wasn't sure if I was suppost to hold the power button as well.) After that I was just about to put the battery back in when we got cut off (I accidentally pressed the phone hook down, argh)
I don't know if you know what he was having me do, and if this might be the solution?
Right, so Disk 1 (of 2) is in my computer. I put it in, then followed your instructions...when I got to the "Welcome to Mac OS X Installer" window I clicked on Utilities - Disk Utility -selected the top hard drive in the left hand corner (name underneath it is "Macintosh HD". I was in the First Aid section, first I clicked Verify Disk Permissions, then clicked Repair Disk Permissions, then I did the same with the disk, first I verified then I repaired, even if the verify said that no repars were needed.
Then I quit Disk Utility, quit Installer, clicked on "Startup Disk " in the middle of the "are you sure..."pop up. I had three options for a start-up system, first is the CD (Installer Disc) second is the Mac OS X for Mac HD folder, and lastly is a question mark icon called "Network Startup". I clicked on the folder, restarted it while holding down the Option key while started up (I actually tried all three over the past period, sometimes holding the Option key, othertimes not...always lead me back to the Installer in the end)
I'm trying all this again as I'm typing... (except I didn't do the repair disks and things, I've done it twice already.)
Sometimes the folder and question mark icon shows up briefly before the apple and the wheel. Then it goes to the language box, and then it starts "preparing for installation". Then it takes me to the Installer. (And having done it all again as I was typing this, I'm back at the Installer...)
What am I doing wrong?
(Thanks for being so patient here.. If you're out of ideas I'll still pay you for your efforts and time, and take it to the apple store...)
Where do I start this from. I can't find a link here to show me the first screen shown on the file you sent me, where it gives you the option of "Archive and Install". At the moment I started the Installation process, and it's asking me for a destination. The only destination I have is the Mac HD disc that doesn't have enough space. It wants to erase the volume completely and is not giving me any other options.
I am using the same disc...I haven't even been able to eject it.
When I click 'options' in order to try and change my install settings it says "The destination disk must be erased for installation....The destination volume will be completely erased and a new copy of Mac OS X installed on the volume. All your data will be lost. Format as: Mac OS Extended Journaled". They give me no other options to change these settings. I've clicked everywhere that seems logical but I haven't found a screen where it gives me the option of installing without losing all my data.
Yes, I managed to finally take the CD out, and I put it back in. Again, same outcome, I clicked on Options and it doesn't give me any options except have my computer completely erased.
What do you mean get another drive? I have an Iomega external hard drive (where I store old files and back-up things and a 8GB flashdrive as well as but that's all I've got. My computer doesn't have another drive...unless you mean I need to go to the store and buy something?