dropped macbook! wont startup, need help!

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by lizbowman84, Jan 6, 2010.

  1. lizbowman84 macrumors newbie

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    I am the world's biggest klutz! I dropped my boyfriends macbook (g4 I think) and now it wont start up. It's stuck on the grey screen with the apple symbol and the twirly loading up image. I don't know much about computers but I can guess that this looks very bad. Is there anything I can do to try and fix it? Please help!? Thank you!
     
  2. All Taken macrumors 6502a

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    Perhaps look on ebay for a replacement? Does he know? In all seriousness though I think you damaged the hard drive.
     
  3. eawmp1 macrumors 601

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    Boot from system DVD and run Disk Utility. Can check HD that way. New HD cheaper than new computer.
     
  4. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    Most likely a toasted hard drive...

    Also, if the computer says "MacBook" under the screen, it's not a G4 chip...that would be an iBook or a PowerBook. The MacBook if really old is a Core Duo and if newer Core 2 Duo...this is important when it comes to HDD replacement as the MacBooks are very simple to change out the HDD whereas an iBook is quite difficult.
     
  5. maeglutz macrumors member

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    This probably won't work, but in the past when I've dropped my macbook and it wouldn't start, I removed the ram and then put them back in. Magically it restarted
     
  6. a8ball macrumors newbie

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    Yes I would try re-seating the memory and hard drive and maybe you will get lucky but if the laptop was on when it dropped there is a good chance its hard drive damage.
     

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