Mac does not boot up

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Scionlifepal, Nov 26, 2008.

  1. Scionlifepal macrumors newbie

    Nov 26, 2008
    When I try to boot up my blackbook, I get a gray screen with a spinning wheel. I read and tried to fix it because I have heard this has been a previous problem but nothing has worked. I have tried resetting the PRAM but that didn't work either. Anyone have any other ideas?
  2. Scionlifepal thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 26, 2008
  3. hughvane macrumors 6502


    Aug 25, 2008
    Banks Peninsula, New Zealand
    Have you the original system disks for your computer? They don't have to be retail, full-install, just the grey restore disks. Try booting from Disk 1 and use Disk Utility to check and possibly repair what might be wrong with the OS, or the HD itself.
  4. Scionlifepal thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 26, 2008
    I tried that and now I have a big problem, my install disk is stuck in the cd drive. Does anyone know how i can either get the disk out, (eject doesn't work) or boot the disk with a shortcut? Thanks!
  5. MasterNile macrumors 65816


    Apr 9, 2008
    San Antonio, TX
    Hold down the mouse (or trackpad) button when you restart, that should eject the disk
  6. chipchen macrumors 6502

    Oct 30, 2002
    you can try booting while pressing these buttons:

    press "c" - boots to install dvd/cd
    press "opt" - boots to boot menu and allows you to choose boot device
    press mouse button - eject cd/dvd from optical drive

    put your ear up to where the hard drive is... do you hear any clicking noises?

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