MacBook Air "?"mark during boot

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by FilipH, Feb 21, 2009.

  1. FilipH macrumors regular

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    From time to time i get a folder with a"?" flashing while i want to boot my air. (rev A, MBA SSD version).

    It happens about one in 5 times i boot it, and the second reboot always solves the problem. In 2 months my one year warranty will run out, and i'm considering taking apple care.

    Anyone knows what the cause might be, and if this is worrying (get worse in future?) ...

    Love my Mba and would feel gutted if it breaks down beyond repair,

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. PeterQC macrumors 6502a

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    The HDD might be failing. You should do some backups.

    Did you happen to drop it recently?
     
  3. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    Try this: Get your install DVD and boot holding down 'C'. Go to Utilities and run Repair Permissions/Disk, reset PRAM; then consider a trip to the Apple Store. And yes, get AppleCare; Why? My 7-month-old MBAir had a few kernel panics and it began overheating/fans going 6200rpm; got a new logic board and that didn't work, the Apple Store gave me a full-refund on a 7-month-old MBAir. Did I mention, get the AppleCare? :p
     
  4. brop52 macrumors 68000

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  5. Elbert C macrumors 6502

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    In System Preferences > Startup Disk, have you chosen Macintosh HD and restarted?
     
  6. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    +1 ^^^ Your MBAir is looking for the hard drive 1 out of 5 start-ups...:(
     
  7. FilipH thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ive opened "startup disk" as you see in attachement. Selected the harddisk.


    thanks for the advice people!. Hopefully it's the "startup disk" . If not, then i'll get Apple Care and take it from there.

    thanks again :)
     

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  8. la101 macrumors newbie

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    ?

    if dropped, will they be able to know even if there is no external damage to computer....
     

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