Mac booting problem

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

  1. meatweaver macrumors newbie

    Feb 24, 2011

    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,

  2. aeneid macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2011
    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.


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