View Full Version : Macbook Air won't boot

Jan 7, 2011, 01:47 AM
Hi all,

First time poster, long time lurker.

I have a rev A macbook air that has decided not to boot. This morning it felt quite hot (even for it), so I decided to reboot it to clear any rogue processes out etc.

It didn't reboot. It got to the white screen with the apple logo and that's as far as it goes. Down the bottom, a progress bar comes up and fills to approx 10%, then disappears. A new progress bar comes up, fills to approx 10%, disappears and is replaced by the spinning "loading" thing (not the colourful ball, just the circle).

This is as far as the machine goes. I've tried booting and using control/command/p/r etc but so far it just sits there on that white screen with the grey apple logo and the spinning thing.

I'm worried the HD may be dead; I have no external cdrom drive or anything to try booting off, so that's my lot.

Any ideas?


Jan 7, 2011, 05:48 PM
Anybody? Please help..

If you have any suggestions for what to try I'd really appreciate it..

Jan 7, 2011, 05:59 PM
Anybody? Please help..

If you have any suggestions for what to try I'd really appreciate it..

Go to Apple Store.

Jan 7, 2011, 06:39 PM
Seriously, I have no clue whether this helps, but have you tried resetting NVRAM and PRAM? Here's how to do it: http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1379

Feb 28, 2011, 09:24 PM
Go to Apple Store.

You sir, are a jerk.

Feb 28, 2011, 09:27 PM
You sir, are a jerk.

I don't think talking to people like that is really going to help your cause.

First, whether he is acting like a jerk there is truth in what he is saying. The only people that will be able to help you will be apple, unless you do not have warranty. Also, have you considered calling their tech suppor to see?

I am sorry, this has never happened to me so the aforementioned is the only help I can provide. Good luck.

Mar 1, 2011, 06:29 AM
The progress bar is fsck. It's probably got a dicked up hard drive which corrupted the file system. It's a first gen Air, so it's the iPod hard drive. They are garbage (the hard drives that is).

Mar 1, 2011, 08:00 AM
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Yes I think the Apple store genius bar people can help you best!

Mar 1, 2011, 08:54 AM
It probably is the HDD.

If you can source a cheaper PATA SSD you could upgrade your MBA at the same time as repairing it..


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