I have Lion installed on this 2007 macbook. OS was installed from A1384 USB drive.

How do I run AHT (or ASD) on this macbook? I tried hitting / holding "D" during normal bootup and it will start normally. When inserting the stick it will run into Install screen with no options or menus for AHT/ASD.

Is there a source for a CD/DVD to burn with those tools?

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The only official source, if you have lost your original OS X DVDs is to purchase one from the Apple Store

Later models have the Hardware Tests built into ROM, earlier ones must use those on the DVD.

If you've got a [physical] Apple Store near you, they're usually quite obliging for that kind of thing.

  • This means, AHT is not on an original A1384 USB stick?
    – Ariser
    Jul 24, 2016 at 10:27
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    That stick is for a MacBook Air [first Mac without a SuperDrive] as far as I can tell, & that's the only machine it's likely to run properly on. For everything else prior to that, there's the DVD. FromAppleKB:OS X Mountain Lion: Use Apple Diagnostics or Apple Hardware Test - "Important: Follow these instructions only if your Mac came with a system software disc or USB flash drive. Do not try to use a disc or USB flash drive from another Mac model."
    – Tetsujin
    Jul 24, 2016 at 10:36
  • Annoyingly my macbook doesn't want to boot from an original 10.6 DVD.
    – Ariser
    Jul 24, 2016 at 11:02
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    Judging by the KB page, I'd say no... but there's a remote possibility "You may be able to start Apple Hardware Test from the Internet. Reconnect your Mac to the network, then restart your Mac while holding down both the Option and D keys."
    – Tetsujin
    Jul 24, 2016 at 14:48
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    It worked. I was able to boot into AHT from a 10.4 disk in a laCie drive connected via firewire. Interestingly AHT was on disk 1 other than stated in the Apple usage description. According to it it was supposed to be on disk 2. Nevertheless, AHT ran through and revealed no problem. Unfortunately I still don't know what's slowing down my macbook.
    – Ariser
    Jul 24, 2016 at 16:04

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