I think my MBA crashed...

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by MBM355, Apr 26, 2008.

  1. MBM355 macrumors newbie

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    When I turn my MBA on, I don't hear any noise and a picture of a flashing file comes up with a question mark over it. Does anyone know what this is, and is there anything I can do or do I need to bring it to Apple? Kind of desperate because I need it for a project... thanks.
     
  2. CJRhoades macrumors 6502

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    That means the computer can't find any os to boot into. Time for a reinstall.
     
  3. MBM355 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    How do I go about doing this? Is it something I can do myself?
     
  4. CJRhoades macrumors 6502

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    Well, you'll need an external superdrive and the leopard install discs that your MBA came with. Stick the install disc into the superdrive and boot from it by holding down the "c" key when you turn it on. Then, reinstall leopard.
     
  5. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

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    It's the same as you would any other Mac. I see by your sig. you've got a couple:D

    You'll probably need an Air SD and your Air install disks. I'm not sure how an install would be done via remote disk with a hard crash like yours.
     
  6. Dataslave macrumors newbie

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    See http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=58042

    The same thing happened to me last week. Booting to an external drive with the leopard dvd by holding down C works fine. If I run disk utility from the installer, it can't find the hard drive.

    Resetting PRAM, SMC, and half a dozen other voodoo startup key combinations did nothing. I ended up sending it to apple for repair.
     
  7. aristobrat macrumors G4

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  8. MBM355 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well I bought the Superdrive today and before I tried reinstalling I figured I would turn the air on just for one last shot... and it works now! Oh well, I needed the drive anyway. I'm still going to make an appointment at the Apple store so they can diagnose the problem.
     

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