Macbook starts with grey screen/ apple logo and then shuts down

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  1. angelamac, Oct 19, 2011
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2011

    macrumors newbie

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    Hi all,

    So when I try to start up it makes the usual sound, the grey screen with the apple logo appears, and after the circle spins for a while it just shuts down to black. I have a macbook from early 2008. I tried the following:

    command+s
    Then I did :
    /sbin/fsck -fy

    This is what appeared:
    disk0s2: I/o error
    Invalid node structure
    (4, 73)
    **volume check failed
    /dev/rdisk0s2 (hfs) EXITED WITH SIGNAL 8
    ./ root#

    Is there anything I can do to fix this? Is my laptop toast?

    Thanks:)
     
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  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Not at all what I was hoping to hear:( Will I probably need to buy a whole new laptop?
     
  4. macrumors regular

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    no you will only need to buy a new HARD DRIVE
     
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    ppfd

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    #5
    I'm no expert but, did you try and restart with your OS disc?
     
  6. macrumors newbie

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    When you press the Power button, press command+v or command+shift+v. That worked for me :)
     
  7. macrumors newbie

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    Same Problem

    My macbook has the same issue - switch on, get grey screen, apple icon and the start of the timimg bar then swtiches itself off. Only info I can find is:

    Incorrect number of file hard links
    bad hard link connection
    (It should be 3372371817 instead of 3440012734)
    Hard Link record has data extenets (id+4637640).

    I have no idea what any of this means but need to get into the computer asap.....any ideas?
     
  8. macrumors newbie

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    Did you resolve the problem?? It happened to me today... Everything that is mentioned above. Please tell me it can be fixed... :(
     
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    robpow

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    I had this when my HD got corrupted. Boot from an OS X install DVD, select disk utility and then verify or repair disk.
     
  10. macrumors newbie

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    Thanks! Does it matter if my install DVD is for Snow Leopard and my actual Lion Mountain was downloaded from appstore? How do I upgrade then?

    P.S. So if it doesn't help, I need a new hard drive?
     
  11. macrumors newbie

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    Hmm answering my own question I guess back up will help me to restore everything if needed..
     
  12. macrumors newbie

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    I'm trying to boot from Snow Leopard DVD but nothing happens! Disk is making a sound like it's trying to get started but the monitor is still grey and then it shuts down like always... :confused:
     
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    SPNarwhal

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    Ever find a solution? I have a friend who is experiencing the same issues, I am assuming it's her HDD which I will replace when I see her but would love some kind of clarity or update if anything else was discovered about this.
     
  14. macrumors newbie

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    This is a simple problem with a simple solution. Basically you have a corrupt file system in your OS that is causing it not to load. Although I have never found a precise cause as to how this happens, it's possible that a third party app could be causing the problem. The only thing that can be done at this point is to do a destructive OS restore. You do not have a bad HDD. I work at a repair center and I see this everyday and it actually seems to be a pretty common issue, so don't freak out. As long as you have your files backed up, you should be fine and your computer will be back to new in about a half hour or so.
     
  15. macrumors newbie

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    booting problem

    KatyaGrinfeld,

    I am having the same issue where it shuts itself down when trying to boot to the DVD. Did you ever resolve your issue?
     

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