Late 2008 MacBook 13" won't move past loading screen

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Kaex88, Dec 28, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    Help! When I last used my MacBook today, I had clicked upgrade to latest iTunes and shortly thereafter the battery died.

    After charging, I got a black screen with the loading circle. I shutdown by holding down the power button. When I started it up again, I got the bright white screen with the apple logo and loading circle. After 2 minutes the apple logo became a circle with a strike through. I shutdown by holding down the power button again.

    Then I started it up and immediately held down Alt. it gave me the option to load Mac hard drive or Recovery 10.8. I tried both and got the same bright white screen with apple logo and spinning circle. This was accompanied by the sound of the hard drive whirring (sounded like a stuck disk in a DVD player) and the MacBook fan spinning loudly.

    What do I do ?

    (I'm on mountain lion. Hate it, just haven't had a chance to move back to snow leopard)
     
  2. macrumors newbie

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    Machine shutting down during software updates like that and you're likely to corrupt your os which is what has happened here.

    You need a clean install and start again. Data may be recoverable though I can't say for sure without seeing the machine.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks... So I plug in a pen drive with the OSX installer on a partition drive and boot from that (power on + alt ) ?

    Data is backed up to the most part, so I'm not worried about that
     
  4. macrumors 6502

    biggd

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    If data is backup, wipe drive and clean install.
    Or partition for the few remaining items to data recover.
     

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