Help! [boot problems]

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by smq08, Mar 15, 2009.

  1. smq08 macrumors newbie

    Mar 15, 2009
    So I woke up this morning to find my macbook running its screen saver like usual. However, for some reason, neither the macbook's keyboard/mouse nor the external keyboard/mouse could cancel out of the screen saver. I decided to use the power button to force a shut down and then reboot.

    Well, upon doing so I got stuck at the white boot up screen. After turning it off and on a few times it came to the MS DOS no bootable disk screen, asking me to insert a boot up disk. So I restarted again, and held down alt/option to bring up the partitions so i could boot to OSX. However, when I do so, I find myself looking at the arrow, but no partitions to select. This has been the case despite several restarts.

    Heres the kicker, I have the Halo: Combat Evolved disk stuck in my drive, and I am unable to eject it do to the macbook's lack of a manual eject. Apparently the drivers aren't there anymore for the eject button to work. So I can't even insert my Leopard disk to see if that will help.

    Help! What do I do!


    When I was trying to show my friend in my dorm what was happening, it didn't boot to windows like it was before. I got a flashing folder. I'm about to be googling what that means for myself, but I imagine some of you already know what that means, so that may tell you something.

    Also, I'm at college in Vermont and theres no apple stores here.
  2. youssefm macrumors 6502

    Oct 7, 2008
    To get the disk to come out, turn the computer on then press down the trackpad button, it should force an eject.. about your other problems they're O/S issues, so a reinstall would have to be done

    check this out also:
  3. smq08 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 15, 2009
    I have new information. Upon booting up with my Leopard disk, I went into the disk utilities. My Hard Drive is not showing up entirely, the only thing showing is the disk itself.
  4. logana macrumors 65816


    Feb 4, 2006
    Your hard disk has failed - I hope you have a backup.

    Next thing to do is get a new SATA laptop drive and reinstall everything.

    If you have AppleCare then the disk will be replaced....

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