Flashing folder with a question mark

Discussion in 'macOS' started by dacoolest, Oct 27, 2012.

  1. dacoolest macrumors regular

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    Hi, my friend has an old macbook pro with Leopard installed. Recently it stopped booting up and started displaying a flashing folder icon with a question mark in it after few seconds of a empty white screen. In the same time, it produces a clicking noise as well.

    He has lost his install disks as well.

    Any suggestions/tips would would be highly appreciated. Thanks.
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    This may help, if you haven't seen them already:
    He can order replacement discs for his model by calling Apple (800-767-2775 in the US).
     
  3. old-wiz macrumors G3

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  4. dacoolest thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the reply. I followed almost all instructions there but still I couldn't get it working.

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    Thank you for replying here. Yes, I will get the HDD replaced.
     
  5. justperry macrumors 604

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    Hmm, last thing one can suspect.

    A flashing question mark shows up because it can not find a valid OS install, reinstall the OS.
     
  6. Grazey16 macrumors newbie

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    Grazey

    My macbook OSX 10.5 has done this twice. First time I tried all the tips and tricks without formatting the HD. All no good. I left it untouched for some weeks and then it came good on switch on. This morning same thing - grey folder of death and HD clicking. Sounded like the drive was stuck or hunting. I then thumped the MacBook on my knee and it booted up normally.
    It is quite probable that eventually I will have to make the treck to the Apple shop for a new computer when my "fix' fails. Sometimes brute force works when all else fails.
     

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