Macbook will not start it starts up with a flashing folder with a question mark

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by maccy mac, Sep 22, 2010.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    #1
    Hi,

    Help my Macbook wont start-up. When I switch it on it comes up with a flashing folder with a question mark in. I have been advised to start from my Mac OS X installation disk.

    However, the website says
    "Insert your Mac OS X installation disc (if you have discs with both versions, use whichever is closest to the Mac OS X version installed on your Mac; do not use a startup disc which came with a different Mac or which contains an earlier version of Mac OS X)."

    My original installation disks are Mac OS X 10.4. But I have been upgrading my system. My last upgrade was to Mac OS X 10.6.

    Which disk do I use? Do I use the 10.6, as this is the one with the current operating system or do I use 10.4 as this was the original disk that was bought with the macbook.

    Any advice will be much appreciated.
     
  2. macrumors Westmere

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    Flynnstone

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    #3
    Dead Hard Drive.
    Use 10.6
     
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    #4
    Thank you. I will have a look at those forums and will try the 10.6 disk. Thanks for all your help.
     
  5. macrumors member

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    #5
    try this
    hold down the cmd and r button when you hear the sound after turning the machine on - that will take you to the internet connectivity to be able to download the OS the machine came with - it can take a while to do
     
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    DeltaMac

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    #6
    You should notice that this thread started (and stopped) about five years ago.
    Also, the OP had 2 posts 5 years ago, and never returned.

    Finally, a Macbook (or any Mac) that shipped with some version of Tiger (OS X 10.4.x) is too old to boot to internet recovery.
     
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  7. macrumors 603

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    #7
    I think this fellow must have gotten it up and running by now!
     

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