Macbook 13" not starting up

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  1. Fifiit macrumors newbie

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    Hi.

    I have a 2007 white Macbook 13".

    It was running slow- too many windows`open so I opted to do a restart but only using the on-off button.

    However, it won't move beyond the first click whir tone which is repeated over and over and the screen remains black. The only way to stop it doing it is to hold down the on/off button with the ESC button.

    It does the same both with battery power or with battery out and power cable in.

    Tried PRAM etc.

    My feeling is its something to do with the power?

    Tried to reboot with system CD but no joy - plus its holding onto the CD and won't spit it out.

    Anyone got any ideas? I miss it and am praying its not a gonna!

    Fi
     
  2. KevinGrabher, Dec 27, 2010
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    KevinGrabher macrumors newbie

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  3. Fifiit thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for that. Tried it and it didn't work. Exactly the same failure.
    I know it'll be hyper pricey to go to techinicians but I do need it fixed.


    Fi
     
  4. KevinGrabher macrumors newbie

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    hmm.. the RAM could be bad i assume.
    Do you have 2 RAMs in there?
    If so, try removing the first and try booting,
    then try putting the first back in and remove the second and try booting.
    (Unless the first one already helped of course..)
     
  5. Fifiit thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Sounds plausible, but i don't have the confidence to remove the casing and go into it. My partner is a PC technician (large PC systems) and doesn't want to try on a Mac. Is it something only an expert can do? Would a faulty RAM prevent it from switching on at all?

    A similar thing happened to my work iMac (just one week out of warranty!) this summer and it was the logic board - very expensive to fix.

    Thanks for you help! Much appreciated.

    Fi
     
  6. KevinGrabher macrumors newbie

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    It is really easy.
    It's also a user-replacable part according to Apple.

    I've done this multiple times on those machines, and it is a very easy task, there really isn't anything you could do wrong.

    Disconnect it from power, take out the battery, then screw out the 3 screws of the metal in shape of an L.
    Take the "L" out, and there's 2 handle's to remove the RAM.

    With pictures:
    http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1651#link3
     
  7. Fifiit thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you. I'll give it a try. Thank you again. I'll post up an outcome.
     
  8. Fifiit thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you. We tried that and neither RAM was the problem.
     

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