Macbook died during upgrade, now won't start

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by kaya21, Mar 24, 2007.

  1. kaya21 macrumors newbie

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    I was doing an update for my macbook & it required me to turn off the computer and then restart it by holding down the power button until a screen came up. Well I did that but then the power ran out (which was my fault) and now when I try to turn the macbook back on it just gives me a black screen even though the the little while light is on. I tried the troubleshooting tips from apple support & I tried rebooting from the install cds but nothing is working. Please help!
     
  2. lamina macrumors 68000

    lamina

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    Try the Apple Firmware Restoration CD.

    It sounds like you lost power during a firmware update... what are the chances?

    Edit: Welcome to MacRumors :)
     
  3. bartelby macrumors Core

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    So when you did the update your MacBook was running on mains power and not battery wasn't it?
     
  4. kaya21 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the welcome and the link Lamina, after about 4-5 hours I finally fixed the problem which now seems painfully obvious.

    First I couldn't get the CD out of the drive since nothing would work so after about a few hours of failed tinkering I checked the internet and found how somebody forced out the CD with a battery pack. Well I used my ID to hold down the CD so it couldn't be read, then I turned on the macbook and after about 10-15 seconds the CD was spit out.

    Next I had to find a way to burn the restore .dmg file from a PC, which had me searching over the net for about an hour until I tried CloneCD. I just burned an image file, selected the .dmg file and then followed the CD insertion directions from apple and IT WORKED! Never felt so relieved. Thanks again.
     

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