3 clicks and light blinks 3 times on start up

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by gazzabhoy, Mar 1, 2009.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    #1
    Hi there,

    Converted to Mac about 18 months ago and having first nightmare... I thought it was only windows that crashed.

    I had some sort of fatal error message come up on the screen when I was using the machine which said shut it down. I thought nothing of it and pressed the power off button. When I started the mac book pro again it just makes 3 clicks through the speaker and then the light on the front near the open button blinks 3 times and repeats this while showing a gray screen? I have googled this and the suggestions are to reset pram and I have even tried using the install disc to to a hardware test but when I restart and hold down D with the disc in nothing happens, when I restart to do the PRAM (hold apple alt P and R) nothing happens either. Is the keyboard knackered as well? I am really hoping that this isn't a clean install as I haven't backed up this machine...
     
  2. macrumors 65816

    logana

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    #2
    Sounds like it might be bad ram - try taking one stick out and try to restart - then the other stick.....if that does not work
     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    #3
    Thanks, I had re-seated the ram, but when I removed one stick it worked.... yippee
     
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    logana

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    #4
    Ram is cheap - time to put more ram in the MacBook !!!!
     

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