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Problems with reinstalling OSX after Linux

by RPuskas / March 21, 2007 6:51 PM PDT

I wonder if anyone could help me ASAP ...?
Out of curiosity I installed Ubuntu Linux on my secondary Mac laptop, which is an iBook 12" 1.2 GHz G4, OS 10.3, 256MB RAM. I used it like that for a few weeks to get familiar with Linux a bit.
Now we have decided to sell this laptop and someone agreed to buy it, however I need to get it restored to it's original state.
The problem is, when I restarted the laptop with the original OSX CD, it starts up than I have to click agree once or twice, and then asks me to choose the destination drive. There are no options!! Which makes me think that Ubuntu Linux has formatted the drive completely, so the restore CD can not even see it?
I need to get this fixed quickly, please, let me know what I can do, and walk me through it if you could!?

Thank you in advance!


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Try this
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / March 21, 2007 9:51 PM PDT

Boot the machine from the CD as usual.
Instead of going ahead with the installation, take a look at the menubar, top of the screen, and find Disk Utility.
Use Disk Utility to partition your drive to 1 partition and format it as HFS+ extended (Journaled). That should be the default.

You may have to reboot once again and from that point on, you should be good to go with the installer.

Good luck


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Thank you!
by RPuskas / March 22, 2007 2:04 AM PDT
In reply to: Try this

Pretty simple solution, but I was not able to come up with it Happy

Worked perfectly, thank you for your help!


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(NT) You're welcome
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / March 22, 2007 5:02 AM PDT
In reply to: Thank you!
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