faulty macbook air

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by sm1992, Jul 9, 2011.

  1. sm1992 macrumors newbie

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    hi every1 im new to the forum

    i bought a cheap macbook air, wanting to repair it.

    basicly it didnt come with a harddrive.

    and it has a black screen when i start it (i can hear the fan spin) and the light does come on

    i would like to ask, will a macbook boot into the firmware menu without the hdd?

    and if i buy a new hdd is there any cheap way of installing os x onto the hd without having to buy an external dvd drive?

    im new to mac

    thanks
     
  2. SandboxGeneral Moderator

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    I don't think it will boot to firmware without a HDD, but I could be wrong. Did you try it?

    You can get the Snow Leopard install USB dongle instead of an external optical drive.
     
  3. sm1992 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    basicly, the mba doesnt boot as its faulty, but before i try repairing it, id like to know if it would actually go into the firmware menu's etc, without the need of a hdd?

    like how windows computer go to the bios without a hdd?
     
  4. sm1992 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    will it boot to the menu where i can choose to boot from usb drive? without having the hdd inside?
     
  5. axu539 macrumors 6502a

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    It should work fine. Even without a USB drive, you should at the very least get a grey screen.

    If it doesn't get there, the issue is probably the logic board.
     
  6. sporadicMotion macrumors 65816

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    If it was just a faulty drive, you would be seeing a folder with a question mark.

    Either get a new logic board or part it out on eBay.
     

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