2007 MacBook, problem getting the CPU to read the OS X disc

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    2007 MacBook, problem getting the CPU to read the OS X disc

    Hello all, I am fairly new to using Macs so I am hoping this issue is just a simple resolve for most of you...

    A few weeks ago my MacBook froze up while I was on the internet (fantasy football draft to be exact). The colorful spinning wheel came up so I figured it would work itself out and be fine. After 20 minutes of this I decided to just power the MacBook down using the power button. So I did that and when I went to restart it, it wouldn't load past the grey Apple screen with the circular loading graphic. So I mildly freaked out upon seeing this and after not being able to find any help that was working decided to take matters in to my own hands...which was a mistake.

    Ultimately that isn't the issue I'm facing now so I'll just go through the bones of what I did. Basically I turned the MyMac part of the hard drive in to the Mac OSX disc (stupid yes I know). I took it to apple care but they would not look at it since it was too old, but the guy thought it was the hard drive. I didn't think this to be true because the CPU still verified the hard drive being intact.

    So I took it to a local computer repair place where the guy confirmed that it wasn't an issue with the hard drive but that I had made it so that when the computer goes to boot, it tries to from the OS X cd, even if it isn't in the drive. He said he could fix it for $150 and that he had to just basically re set up the OS. I decided against paying that much to do it because I figured I could find the steps online.

    After some searching I was able to find how to delete that partition on the hard drive. And I have done so and now the computer boots up to the Mac OS X utility page instead of the CD.

    The issue I am facing now is that when I put the CD into the drive, it acts as though its gonna load but then the MacBook just shuts down, black screen and all. I have tried loading it by holding down C, and also by selecting it after holding down Option, but it just does the same thing. I had loaded the disc before any of this happened so I don't believe it is an issue with the actual CD.

    This is driving me nuts because I feel like I am pretty close to getting this thing back and up and running, but this bump stands in the way. One of the weird things to me is that when it loads the Mac OS X Utility, it gives me the option to install Mountain Lion, which is not what I had or use...but when I click it, it says it needs to be connected to the internet.

    I know this was a pretty long winded post, so I apologize in advance for that. I just desperately hoping someone on here can assist me or direct me to where there is a post involving the same problem ( I could not find one). Thanks in advance people!!

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    this is what im facing in the disk utility page. I have already erased the Max OS X Install CD a few times and erased the free space. So I am pretty sure it's gone but still labels it in there? I am not sure what the disc 1 and Mc OS X base system thing are, should i change that to the destination under the cd?

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    What version of osx was on the machine, and is that the version you have the DVD for? Are you resigned to the fact that your machine is seriously broken, and that you will lose everything when you reinstall the OS? Do you have a back up of all the files and documents you have on the Mac?

    I'm not entirely sure what you've managed to do, but I would start by Erasing your hard drive. So what you have to do is select the top item in that list of the Disk Utility and click the Erase button. Try this first and see if all the other 'disks' are removed.
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    well i purchased he computer off of craigslist less than a month before this all happened so i have no qualms losing anything that is on it. when i received it, it was running snow leopard, and the dvd that came with it was snow leopard 10.6.3. should i go ahead and attempt what you said to do?

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    If that's the case you've got nothing to lose. The alternative would be to buy a new hard drive and swap that in before installing Snow Leopard.
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    I have an old MacBook from 2007 running on 10.5.8 and I purchased the snow leopard installation disk and when I'm trying to install my driver won't even give me an error message. It just makes some noises for about 30 seconds and spits it back out. I'm trying to sell this MacBook so I do not have anything on it that I haven't already backed up. Unfortunately when I was trying to clean it off I think I deleted some imperative programs that I needed to (basic programs). Is it possible I deleted my installation driver or something? Please help I've been trying to fix this for a month now and every time I think I'm getting somewhere I have another setback. Thanks!

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