Spinning wheel during OS X install
August 24, 2010 3:45 PM Subscribe
MacBook Pro freezes (spinning wheel) during system install (10.5) -- what to do?
posted by dead_ to Computers & Internet (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Something must be wrong with the DVD or optical drive.
Here's what happened... the install proceeded just fine until there were about 8 minutes remaining, at which point the install DVD spun down. Now it just keeps spinning up, making noises, and then spinning back down.
So I'm stuck on the "Installing" screen with a rainbow spinning wheel and no idea what to do next... It's clear to me the install has come to a halt, even though the optical drive keeps making noises, trying to read the disc.
I've had this machine for quite a few years. Do I force it to shutdown? Seems like the wrong solution since I am installing a new, clean system. Any advice would be much appreciated.