Complicated Problem

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by 0bone, May 11, 2013.

  1. 0bone macrumors newbie

    Apr 18, 2013
    I am selling my Macbook Air.

    One year ago, I this Air was briefly submerged in water.

    A few weeks ago, the screen went nuts and I was told my AppleCare was voided due to water damage.

    It worked fine in clamshell mode with a displayport adapter.

    In preparation for selling it, I tried to format the drive. I did this (wrong) by starting the computer while holding option or option+r, don't remember which, and going to Disk Utility. From there, I selected the drive and clicked "erase".

    When I start the computer now, it cannot find the hard drive. I get the folder with the question mark (it's the only thing I can make out on the bloody battlefield of flickering lines that constitutes my internal display).

    This sounds like an easy fix, but there is a problem: clamshell mode doesn't work anymore. I have checked all the obvious things: power supply is connected, usb mouse is connected, used two different displayport adapters. Unplugged and re-plugged everything. Attempted to restart holding option+r, just option, or nothing. No clamshell.

    Displayport connection isn't even recognized in that "second display" way that it's supposed to when it's not in clamshell mode.

    Also, my computer won't go to sleep. Related? I don't know.
  2. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    It's a water damaged computer... sell it as-is, someone will pay money for it to be able to use the parts or to try and repair it.
  3. 0bone thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 18, 2013
    I already found a buyer, and anyway I'm not going to sell a computer with an incorrectly formatted hard drive. It's too easy for the buyer to recover my files.
  4. eduardrw macrumors 6502

    May 20, 2013
    If you have another OS X machine working, go and create a USB install disk for OS X (just google for instructions).
    Then boot your damaged machine from your USB and use disk repair.

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