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Reinstalling OS X Leopard on a MacBook Pro

My MacBook Pro came with Tiger, I want to start fresh with Leopard. Here's what I did.

I have a 2.2 GHz 15" MacBook Pro, which has served me well.  It came with Tiger, and I purchased the Leopard update.  I originally installed Leopard over Tiger, but I was having issues with compiling software that I think are related to having the wrong versions of development tools installed.  I also want to install Parallels which I purchased but never installed.  So, I've decided to repave the box with Leopard, and record the steps so I can duplicate it should I have to do it again.

One upside of doing this is that it gets rid of the trial version of Microsoft Office, which I don't have any interest in.

  1. Insert the Leopard disk and reboot while holding the "C" key.  It takes a few minutes to boot into the installer.
  2. Select your language, and "Continue" at the Welcome screen.
  3. Agree to the license agreement.
  4. I only have one disk, so select it as the destination.
  5. Select "Erase and Install", with the "Mac OS Extended (Journaling)" filesystem.  I'm tempted to install the case sensitive filesystem, but I'm probably just asking for trouble, so I didn't.
  6. Wait, and wait, and wait.  It takes at least 30 minutes just to verify the contents of the DVD, and another 45 minutes to install.  Budget enough time!
  7. After the reboot, select the language and keyboard type.  Since I don't have another Mac, I select "Do not transfer my information now".
  8. If using a wireless network, configure it.
  9. I don't have an Apple ID, so it gets left blank.
  10. Fill in the registration information.  I really hate this.  Why should Apple get this information?  I usually make stuff up.
  11. Create your initial user account.
  12. I'm not interested in a .Mac account, so skip it.
  13. Finally, we're done and can start using the computer.
  14. I have a Verizon Wireless Novatel V740 ExpressCard for EVDO access.  Insert it.  It gets recognized, then configure it.  There are no actual configuration settings, but you need to select Configure and Continue.
  15. Install any needed updates and reboot.
  16. Reconfigure the keyboard, making Caps Lock into Control, and disabling the regular Control key.  This is under System Preferences, Keyboard & Mouse, Keyboard, Modifier Keys.  I do this so my Mac and Windows boxes have the same keyboard layout.  Otherwise, switching between them is too difficult.
  17. Configure the Dock.  Change size to between Small and Medium.  Turn on "Magnification", set to between Medium and Max.  Turn on "Automatically hide and show the Dock".
  18. Remove Time Machine from the Dock.  Since I only have one drive, it's pointless.
  19. Configure Energy Saver to put the machine to sleep after 2 hours inactivity when it's using the Power Adapter.
  20. Set the Key Repeat Rate to Fast, and Delay Until Repeat to Short.
  21. Install Firefox
    1. Download and open the .dmg file, then drag the Firefox logo to the Applications folder.
    2. Run Firefox, right click on it in the Dock and select "Keep in Dock".  Since this is a new installation, I select "Don't import anything".  When asked, set Firefox as the default browser. 
    3. Configure Firefox as described on this page
    4. Configure the download directory.  Preferences, Main, Save files to "Downloads".
    5. Delete the .dmg file.
  22. Install Thunderbird.
    1. Download and open the .dmg file, then drag the Thunderbird logo to the Applications folder.
    2. Run Thunderbird, right click on it in the Dock and select "Keep in Dock".  Since this is a new installation, I select "Don't import anything".
    3. Set up my email accounts.
    4. Configure Thunderbird as described on this page.
  23. Install Xcode Tools from the Leopard installation disk by running the file XcodeTools.mpkg.
  24. Install iTerm as a replacement terminal program.  iTerm is good, but I so wish there were a Mac version of SecureCRT.  To install iTerm, mount the .dmg file and drag the iTerm logo to the Applications folder.  Run iTerm, right click on it in the Dock and select "Keep in Dock".
  25. Install NeoOffice.  NeoOffice is OpenOffice with a Mac user interface.
  26. Install iLife '08.
  27. Run TextEdit from Applications, right click and select "Keep in Dock".
  28. Install fink.  As of this writing, there is no binary installation for fink on Leopard, so follow the instructions to install from source (requires Xcode Tools, see above).
  29. Install Aquamacs.  So far, it's the best emacs I've found.  Run it, right click and select "Keep in Dock".


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