I cannot boot up my MacBook Pro from CD

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Rugbyplayer, Nov 8, 2008.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Sep 13, 2008
    Can anyone tell me if there's some secret to booting from a CD?
    I insert the CD (in this case Disc Warrior 4.1 for OS X, also happens with Drive Genius), hold down C during start up...I get the Apple logo, then the machine just shuts down and reboots - over and over if I keep the C down.
    Is there something else I need to do, or do I have an optical drive problem?
    MacBook Pro, 2.6 GHz, duo. OS X.5.5
  2. macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    You can only boot from the grey restore disks if I remember correctly, someone please correct me if I'm wrong.
  3. macrumors regular

    Jul 29, 2008
    is the disk clean and fairly scratch free?

    try holding down the option key at boot instead of C

    either method should work and may take a bit of time for it to load up properly, upto roughly 10 minutes for the boot up sequence to go through.

    But try option as a second resort.

    also try resetting the PRAM and SMC ... could be miscommunicating somewhere , otherwise try with your install disks to see if they load up, if so maybe need to create a new DW4.1.1 disk
    otherwise try to go into system preferences and select the DVD drive as the start up drive instead.

    hope these help
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 13, 2008
    Thanks for your reply. Its a brand new disc, right out of the box. I tried all your suggestions but none work.
    The option key solution gave me the two start up disc options, but when I selected the CD, it ignored it and booted from the HD.
    The original OS X Leopard disc was recognized and the MacBook booted up from it, but I'm really wary about re-installing anything from that disc. I'm not that technical, and I just can afford to lose stuff.
  5. Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
  6. macrumors 68040


    Jul 30, 2007
    I'm not familiar with Disk Warrior but it seems clear that you must boot from Leopard OS X using the aforementioned 'c-key.'
  7. macrumors 68020


    Jun 14, 2008
    New Hampshire
    Just to add one note to what Blue Velvet posted, when you read the linked material if you look closely they have a link in it as to how to use DW with a system that the disk cannot boot successfully. Easy to overlook that so just wanted to mention it.
  8. macrumors newbie

    Oct 10, 2009
    Did you find a solution?

    Hello Rugbyplayer,

    Did you (or anybody else) find a solition for this problem? I am having exact the same problem. I can not start from any disk, tried it from Leopard, iDisk, etc. Te machine just shuts down and reboots - over and over ....

    Thank you in Advance!!!
  9. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 13, 2008
    Start up from CD

    Hi, Thomasnatal:

    I did eventually overcome the problem, but I can't really tell you how, as it was through some random, frustrated, combination of holding down certain keys on start up. I think I held the "C", the control key and the option key for quite q while through the apple logo stage etc., but I couldn't swear to it.
    The usual rookie, non-tech solution!
    Sorry I can't be of more help.
  10. macrumors newbie

    Oct 10, 2009
    Hello Rugbyplayer,

    Thank you for your answer. It is really a frustrating situation. I will try to press the "right keys". Wish me luck!

    Thank you again,

  11. macrumors newbie

    Nov 11, 2010
    If MacBook Pro wont start

    I had a problem where my Macbook Pro would not start. All that would happen was that it went to a grey screen with the apple in the background and the circle swirling.
    After many hours of frustration, I pressed SHIFT and COMMAND and V during the start-up and it finally worked! Pressing 'shift' and 'command' and 'v' is the equivalent to the safe boot in Mac, and it worked. I hope this helps people who cannot start up their Macbook Pros.
    Max uses cheap hardware, and I will never purchase a mac again.
  12. macrumors newbie


    Nov 12, 2010
    Ok , this is my first post, but...

    You do know this thread is very old, right?
  13. Mal
    macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    Don't worry, he's just a troll (look at the last line). He's wrong too, only the Shift key prompts Safe Mode, Command and V simply trigger Verbose mode, which allows you to see the system prompts as the computer boots (in a text-based layout).

  14. macrumors newbie


    Nov 12, 2010
    Oh, I should have read more carefully. :eek: And it seems he only joined to post that.

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