Mega MBP Problems

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by jamblo, Apr 4, 2007.

  1. jamblo macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2006
    I have the following:

    A MBP that will not get past the GREY SCREEN OF MISERY.
    Safe Mode will not work.
    Single User Mode will not work
    Booting off the CD using a held down C does not work
    The CD I put in was actually a mac pro boot disc*, which is all I had to hand.
    The aforemented CD will not eject.

    I am ballsed if I know how to get around this one.

    Please help!

    *I should note here that there are no Firewire cables anywhere in the building, so Target Disc Mode is out of the question too.
  2. Zwhaler macrumors 603


    Jun 10, 2006
    This happened to me, except with a blank CD instead of a Install Disk. Do you have a mouse? If you do, click on hold the mouse when you boot up the computer, and the disk should pop right out. After that, your MBP will work fine, unless something else is wrong.
  3. JDN macrumors 6502a

    Sep 7, 2006
    Lund Sweden {London England}
    Call apple, sounds serious enough they will take immediate action.
  4. kolax macrumors G3


    Mar 20, 2007
    Try holding down ALT during the grey screen.

    That brings up an option to select a boot partition, but it might help bypass the CD that is inside even if you only have one partition.
  5. crees! macrumors 68000


    Jun 14, 2003
    Looks like your next course of action is to go out and buy a FW cable and run Disk Utility from another computer.
  6. plinden macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2004
    Do you have external firewire and USB peripherals connected? Remove them (except for key board and mouse of course) and reboot holding down the Option key.

    There's no guarantee that it'll help, but it does sometimes.

    This happened to me when I installed 10.4.9. I thought I'd borked my iMac (first time anything had every gone wrong on a software update) but remembered what I'd read about removing peripherals so didn't panic too much.
  7. e12a macrumors 68000


    Oct 28, 2006
    How far is the closest Apple Store? If its not far, then why the hell tinker with it ? Just go!:rolleyes: (given that it still has a warranty)
  8. jamblo thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2006
    Well, I went and spent £18 on a firewire cable, and was able to connect it to a g4 powermac. Only after I connected a apple keyboard to the laptop was I able to achieve anything, it appears, for some unknown reason to me, that when the boot dvd is in the drive, the keyboard is useless. In target disk mode only the dvd drive mounted properly, which enabled me to eject the dvd but not fix the hard disk.

    I restarted in Single User mode and received a quagmire of errors, and was not able to run fsck successfully.

    This morning I put in my MBP install disc, and once again it will not boot. I am unable to get to a suitable keyboard again for atleast a few hours, so I am back to square one.

    I've got an awful lot of data I need on this harddrive. I am starting to panic.

    Closest store is about 150 miles away :(
  9. jamblo thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2006
    Found a local mender.

    £75+vat for data recovery, the rest is covered by warranty.

    It'll take about 3 weeks :mad:

    This is bad... I'd written most of a 2,000 word essay and had the indesign files for a 24 page booklet on there. I've a PDF of the latter, that will have to do, as there's no way I'm going to get it back before the deadline.

  10. DaLurker macrumors 6502

    Mar 30, 2006
    Time to start keeping backups :)
  11. robPOD macrumors 6502

    Jun 19, 2006
  12. jamblo thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2006

    I did back up about 3 weeks ago, so I've got all of last semester's work.

    I'm not sure, however, if I managed to back up for 4GB of photos :mad:

    Well, it's my birthday in a couple weeks, I'm going to ask my parents for an external hard drive. Then I will get some software that does the backing up for me once a week, or something.

    Any suggestions?

    Today I am on my archaic PC, trying to install my printer so that I can print this ruddy book!

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