MacBook (Early 2008), MacBook Pro (Early 2008): Selections in Optional Installs may not show as selected when reinstalling from DVD

With some Mac OS X v10.5 installation DVDs supplied with MacBook (Early 2008) and MacBook Pro (Early 2008) computers, if you are reinstalling an application via Optional Installs, the checkmark that indicates your selection may not appear.

Optional Installs allows you to restore applications that were preinstalled on your hard drive such as Address Book, iCal, iChat, iTunes, Mail, Safari, X11, iPod Support, Additional Fonts, Language Translations, and printer drivers.

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Follow this procedure to restore preinstalled software via Optional Installs. Note: This may take some time to complete; do not disconnect power or shut down during this process.

  1. Insert Install DVD 1.
  2. Double click "Install Mac OS X and Bundled Software".
  3. Click Restart.
  4. Select your language.
  5. Click "->"'.
  6. Click Continue, then click Agree.
  7. Select the volume where your current operating system is installed.
  8. Click Continue to restore the install.
  9. Click Customize.
  10. Click to select the items you want to install. A checkmark appears when they are selected.

    The Essential System Software selection examines your computer and reinstalls any item that is missing from the following list: Address Book, iCal, iChat, iTunes, Mail, Oxford Dictionaries, Safari, and iPod Support. If you need to reinstall one of these packages, check Essential System Software.

    : If you have previously installed any Mac OS X updates, you should perform an Archive and Install with the "Preserve users and network settings" option.
  11. Click Done, then click Install.

After installation, update to the latest available version of Mac OS X.


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