MacBook Displays Startup Screen With Folder and Question Mark

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by parpart33, Dec 1, 2007.

  1. parpart33 macrumors newbie

    parpart33

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    When I try to start my MacBook, the computer will come to the light blue screen and instead of starting up it will display a blinking question mark inside a folder. It's running Tiger on a 2.0Ghz Core 2 Duo and the software is up to date. Any help would be great, thanks for looking.
     
  2. toolbox macrumors 68020

    toolbox

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    This is telling you the computer can't find a valid system folder. Are you able to put your Tiger dvd / cd in and boot of it? Put the disk in and hold "C" to boot or the "option" key to see a list of bootable devices.

    Once you boot of it, select the utilities menu and run disk utility and repair permissions and verify your hard disk
     
  3. parpart33 thread starter macrumors newbie

    parpart33

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  4. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

    CanadaRAM

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    More detail needed... will the CD (DVD) not go in physically?
    (Is there a CD already in the drive? Hold the mounse button down throughout a restart.)
    Or it will but it doesn't boot?
     
  5. parpart33 thread starter macrumors newbie

    parpart33

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    The drive will not physically allow me to load the disk into the slot.
     
  6. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

    CanadaRAM

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    OK, lets do this one tiny step at a time then.

    Is there a CD already in the drive?
     
  7. toolbox macrumors 68020

    toolbox

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    IF there is a cd already in the drive, press you mouse button down and then turn the unit on, it should eject the disc if one is in the drive.
     

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