Blinking question mark, no boot. no install cd

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by bob13bob, Jul 12, 2009.

  1. bob13bob macrumors member

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    I updated through mac updater. Rebooted.
    Got blinking folder for 5 minutes no luck.
    Held shift key, no luck

    I don't have the installation disc
    Is there any way I can run something off a flash drive to fix this. Any other options?

    There is no warranty support on this mac.
     
  2. bob13bob thread starter macrumors member

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    I looked at that. It doesn't help unfortunately as I don't have the install discs.
     
  3. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    you nee an install disc no matter what at this point
     
  4. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Yeah, pretty much dead in the water without that baby...

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  5. bob13bob thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks. I was afraid of that.

    So I have to buy another copy of os x at this point?
     
  6. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    No. You can contact Apple and they'll send you a set of computer specific install disks.
     
  7. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    You can request replacements for the original DVDs that came with your computer through Apple

    Cost is minimal I believe

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  8. bob13bob thread starter macrumors member

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    ok, i'll try that. they wouldn't do this for me at the genius bar, would they?
    \ If i wanted to upgrade, do the newest versions of os x work on this computer. It's a white macbook. I believe it's intel based. If it is not intel based would hte newest versions of os x work on it?
     
  9. upinflames900 macrumors 6502a

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    The current version Leopard would work but the next version snow leopard would not work if it is not an intel mac.
     
  10. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    yes, the newest version of OS X will work on ALL Macbooks, the iBooks were PPC based. However, they won't give you the most up to date version of OS X. They'll give you whatever came with your computer, either Tiger or Leopard.
     
  11. bob13bob thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the great help.
    Is there a utility I can run from flash or cd that will let me pull files off the drive? other than install discs.

    I guess this is not something genius would help with for free.
     
  12. upinflames900 macrumors 6502a

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    You could try target disk mode but you need another mac.
     
  13. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    there is a good chance your hdd is dead as well fyi which would make it ipossible to pull the stuff off
     
  14. bob13bob thread starter macrumors member

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    They want $32 for the discs. Any chance of them letting my burrow a disc at the mac store or doing it for me?

    I also have a backup image of it on my windows pc, I don't have a dual layer burner to put it on a dvd. any options with that?
     
  15. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    You can ask, but don't expect much.

    If you don't have a DL DVD, then not really.
     

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