White Macbook keeps getting fatal pinwheel and having to reinstall weekly!

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by teckwiz, Aug 1, 2009.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    Hi
    Thanks for reading my post, Basically I'm having trouble with a white macbook
    here are the specs just in case:
    Model Name: MacBook
    Model Identifier: MacBook3,1
    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed: 2 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 1
    Total Number Of Cores: 2
    L2 Cache: 4 MB
    Memory: 2 GB
    Bus Speed: 800 MHz
    Sudden Motion Sensor:
    State: Enabled



    Anyways this problem has been going on for a few weeks now so I have made a "timeline" of what happens:
    Start
    Erase and install from disk
    Use for about a week
    Get the Spinning-Beach ball-Of-Death
    Restart
    Use very low key applications for about 2 minutes
    Get the Spinning-Beach ball-Of-Death
    On boot hold CMD-ALT-P-R for 3 "dooshes"
    Use very low key applications for about 2 minutes
    Get the Spinning-Beach ball-Of-Death
    On boot hold CMD-ALT-P-R for 3 "dooshes"
    Move mouse over dock icons no name shows
    Press CMD-ALT-ESC Nothing
    Back to start

    I've tried reseting permissions and repairing disk countless times sorry this post is very long but please help me solve this before I have to convert to an old windows pc in the Attic!!

    :confused: :( Teckwiz :( :confused:
     
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    NewMacbookPlz

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    Sounds like a dead HDD to me. Similar deal happened with my G4 iBook, and I gave up when it couldn't even install the OS again.

    Back up your stuff ASAP and pick up a new drive.
     
  3. macrumors 6502

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    hmm have you ran a diskcheck on your hd?
     
  4. macrumors newbie

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    Um not completely sure what a Diskcheck is but I have put the apple cd in amd held D on startup
     
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    boast

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    I believe the apple cd gives you access to disk utility, which then you can run verify or w/e
     
  6. macrumors newbie

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    yh i did that many times thx anyway tho
     
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    boast

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    well, I would probably first run memtest(get the ISO) to make sure the ram isn't the problem. If it ends up with no errors, then the hard drive is probably the issue.

    Just to make sure, I'd run a S.M.A.R.T. complete scan to check the hard drives health (apples website has some apps to do this).
     
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    drummerlondonw3

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    use this time wisely, back up any/all the data you can. If you have a failing HD then it's only a matter of time. Every attempted repair brings you possibly closer to HD failure

    I would tun off, het a back up drive clone sing something like superduper and then try and repair

    D
     
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    KielderWolf

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    This is how my Mini went and I'm afraid to say that yes, it is quite likely to be your hard drive, as it was in my case.

    Back up your important docs, make sure you know where all your install discs are, and find yourself a new drive. And do it sooner rather than later, I have three years worth of documents frozen on a non-responsive drive. I really should get round to sorting it... heh. :rolleyes:

    Cheap yet decent internal hard drives can be sourced my MRoogling and finding some of the extensive 'which hard drive is best?' threads.

    Best of luck bro. Wolf ∑:•p
     
  10. macrumors newbie

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    Yh thx guys
    Thought it may be the HD but didn't wanna jump to conclusions i'll get iont my nearest shop and get it fixed cos I still have warenty
     

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