macbook wont start up =o=

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Wanderer509, Jun 11, 2008.

  1. macrumors member

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    omgoodness, 2 days before finals and this happens == apple u have disappointed me.

    anyways, i was using my macbook fine, and i started noticing a severe slowdown for no reason (i was just browsing, webcaming, etc, normal load imo). the fan started spinning maxspeed and i noticed that its accessing my ram (paging in). force quiting some application didnt really help, so i just force shut down.

    now whenever i start it up, it just sounds the apple chime and fan spin really hard. i tried putting in mac install disc and my included leopard disc, but pressing they dont appear when i press option, the optical drive seems to be fine as it spins and ejects disc. i tried resetting pram and smc as per listed in apple support. any extra help?

    my macbook is 2.16ghz running leopard 10.5.3 on 1.5GB of ram
     
  2. macrumors 6502a

    ert3

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    Did you hold down alt when atempting to boot from the reinstall disks.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors member

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    yes =(

    if it makes a difference, i dont hear the HD spinning at all.
     
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    ert3

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    Try booting from the disk and tell us if you can acess your drive from the disk utility.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors member

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    the problem is i cant boot from the disc or anything. tried both install disc (the tiger one) and leopard drop-in dvd. i hold C for the install disc, nothing. hold alt, gives me the pointer, but nothing shows up that i can click. i will probably bring it to the apple store in ubc (since i go to ubc) but its just plain annoying as i am trying to study n all of a sudden it breaks down.

    any other suggestions?
     
  6. macrumors member

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    Ram?

    Doesn't sound like a HDD crash and even if it was you would boot off of CD.

    I can't remember if these computers run 1 or 2 memory slots but have you tried running off of each stick (if applicable) individually?
     
  7. thread starter macrumors member

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    macbooks have 2 ram slots, but i doubt that will solve anything. i will give it a go though.

    EDIT: tried booting on each ram, no go. however, i noticed some white residue on the other piece of ram that apple supplied with the macbook. maybe something inside melted?
     

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