MacBook Not Loading OS

Posted on 2014-08-16
Last Modified: 2014-08-27
Have a MacBook (Early 2008) that just goes to screen : Backup or Restart -

Is there a way to bypass this or re-install OS?
Question by:mvalencia2003
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    Will it boot if you hold down the shift key?
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    I hold down SHIFT as laptop is turning on , goes to same screens :
    Language Select ,
    Says : Installing ,
    Then goes to error message = OS X can't be installed...

    Restore from back up ... .. . . .. ... or Restart

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    Try this:

    1. Shut the computer down by holding the power button for 10 seconds
    2. Restart the computer and press shift at the same time until you see the progress bar start moving
    3. Once you reach the point where your screen goes dark and you see the cursor, type the first letter of the username for your computer, then hit Enter, then type your password, then hit Enter.
    4. After a moment, you should see the spinning beach ball
    5. Your screen should then move on to something along the lines of "Completing OSX Installation" . Let it finish. After that it should go to your normal desktop and the issue should be fixed. (If your screen goes pitch black during this process, hit the space bar.
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