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Last year I installed Ubuntu on my 2006 MacBook (Intel), and erased the hard drive with MacOSX 10.5 in the process. Linux was fun, but now I want another Mac to play around with.

I've put 10.8's install files on a flash drive and rebooted (holding option), but this brings up the Linux drive selector, and I do not see my flash drive as an option.

How can I go about installing 10.9 on my MacBook?


Update: I've now got 10.8 on my flash drive. When I load Startup Manager, I see 3 options:

  1. Windows, which actually takes me to Ubuntu.
  2. EFI Boot which produces a "no" symbol and then the computer shuts down.
  3. rEFIt

I've got rEFIt running through my optical drive. When I select this, I get three primary choices:

  1. Boot Mac OSX from Mac OSX Install ESD: "no" symbol
  2. Boot boot.efi from Mac OS X Install ESD: "no" symbol
  3. Boot Linux from HD: Linux boots as normal.
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You can't install Mavericks on a 2006 MacBook.

To install Mavericks, you need one of these Macs:

  • iMac (Mid-2007 or later)
  • MacBook (13-inch Aluminum, Late 2008), (13-inch, Early 2009 or later)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid-2009 or later),
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch or 17-inch, Mid/Late 2007 or later)
  • MacBook Air (Late 2008 or later)
  • Mac mini (Early 2009 or later)
  • Mac Pro (Early 2008 or later)
  • Xserve (Early 2009)

Source: http://support.apple.com/kb/ht5842

  • Fine. I have 10.8 available also. Is this why the disk is unrecognized? – gregmacfarlane Feb 17 '14 at 17:49
  • @gmacfarlane What method did you use to put the 'install files' on your flash drive? It should have seen the drive, but not been able to boot from it. – grg Feb 17 '14 at 17:50
  • I used Disk Utility to execute the instructions here: techrepublic.com/blog/apple-in-the-enterprise/… – gregmacfarlane Feb 17 '14 at 17:52
  • I used this same flash drive to do a clean install on a 2012 MacBook Pro two weeks ago. – gregmacfarlane Feb 17 '14 at 17:53
  • @gmacfarlane Indeed, it should have seen the drive with the ⌥-boot. C-boot won't boot from a USB. Holding a key on boot intercepts the boot at firmware level and shouldn't have any impact on the OS that is installed. It'll even work if you don't have an OS installed. – grg Feb 17 '14 at 17:53

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