Mac booting problem

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by meatweaver, Jun 30, 2011.

  1. meatweaver macrumors newbie

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    Hi-

    I've searched through the forums but haven't found anyone with this particular problem. I hope someone here might be able to help.

    I have a mid-2007 Intel Macbook. It's been running hot for a while now. Last night, when I had a number of applications and windows open, it froze up and I had to do a hard shut down (holding the power key). When I started it back up, it booted to a grey screen (no apple logo), but did not chime. It stalled there. I shut it down, and every time I tried again, it did the same thing. Starting while pressing the option key made an arrow appear, but nothing else happened.

    I tried resetting the PRAM. Now, the thing chimes on startup and the question mark folder appears after its been on for a minute or so. But booting while holding the option key still doesn't do anything.

    Any advice on things to try would be very appreciated. This doesn't seem to be a common problem, but I'm also guessing its not a hardware issue.

    Thanks for the help,

    Matt
     
  2. aeneid macrumors member

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    Jun 20, 2011
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    California
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    I'm not tech genius, so I may be completely off, and I haven't had the issue of getting a frozen Mac :D so I don't know if it reacts the same as a crappy pc, where it corrupts your files. Damn Windows does that quite a bit.
    But anyway it might have corrupted your files, or something like. I suggest popping in your OS cd and seeing if you can run a repair to fix anything that might be missing. Maybe someone else has a better idea. See if that works to any scale or if you can even boot off of the cd, otherwise it might be a hardware issue. Overheating can kill your motherboard if it gets hot enough. Good luck.

    Cheers
     

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