Mac does not boot up

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

  1. Scionlifepal macrumors newbie

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    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

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  3. hughvane macrumors 6502

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    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

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    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

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    Hold down the mouse (or trackpad) button when you restart, that should eject the disk
     
  6. chipchen macrumors 6502

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    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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