Damaged MBP won't boot from FireWire

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Mike¬, Apr 27, 2013.

  1. Mike¬ macrumors member

    Nov 13, 2011
    I'm trying to get a friend's MBP to boot. It was dropped and the HD most likely is wrecked. But the casing and the screen are OK and it turns on to grey screen and chimes.
    Now. I can't get it to boot from an external FW disk by holding option.
    It won't even show me the selector.

    Any other ideas of how to check whether it will work after replacing the HD???
  2. case2001 macrumors 6502

    Sep 9, 2010

    It sounds more complicated than a crashed hard drive. You should still be able to boot from firewire even if the hard drive is toast. If the drive is toast you should have a folder on the screen with a folder and a question mark.

    Have you tried connecting it to an external monitor to make see what happens?

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