Blue screen on an old 2009 MacBook

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by knockaround, May 15, 2014.

  1. knockaround macrumors newbie

    May 15, 2014
    I have an old refurbished MacBook running OSX 10.6.8 and I can't for the life of me get it to start up. It's probably because of something I fussed with recently, but I can't figure out what it might be or how to fix it. Help?

    So when I start up, it makes the start-up noise and gets past the gray loading screen, and then it stalls on the blue loading screen.

    I have tried:
    - rebooting in safe mode, but it won't get past the gray loading bar. It gets about a third of the way and quits.
    - rebooting in single-user mode and repairing the disk with the fsck command. Every time I do that, it says it had to modify something the first try, but all subsequent tries are fine until I reboot my laptop and it starts all over.
    - resetting the PRAM
    - rebooting in single user mode and made a new administrator account, which works well until the screen where I actually create my new admin name & password. It just sits there talking to Apple forever
    - rebooting from the install disk. I've repaired the disk and repaired the disk permissions, but everything comes up okay on the first try.

    Sorry for so much info - I'm kind of out of ideas. I've backed up everything to an external HD in single-user mode, but I can't find the disc I used to upgrade the OSX from 10.5 to 10.6, so if I completely erase the hard drive I'll have to repurchase the disc to even use stuff like Chrome (because it no longer supports 10.5). It's cheaper than buying a whole new Mac, but does anybody have any other suggestions to try first?

    Thank you so much!
  2. Altemose macrumors G3


    Mar 26, 2013
    Elkton, Maryland
    It may be the hard drive failing, or a simply corrupted install. However, corruption to the point of failing in Single User Mode is usually a bad hard drive. Fortunately, a new hard drive or SSD (much faster) is rather affordable in the scheme of things.

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