Macbook frozen at boot screen, replaced HDD

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  1. insomniacl, Oct 21, 2011
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2011

    insomniacl macrumors newbie

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    Hi guys,

    I'm sure you've heard this issue a few times by now. I'm trying to repair my brother's macbook actually which wasn't loading past the bootscreen and showing an image of a globe.

    After some googling, a lot of people mentioned a dead hard drive, so I suspected the same. I replaced the hard drive with a new one, but now all I get is the question mark folder. I can't seem to boot from the CD's either.

    Any ideas on further things to try? I've done most of the "hold down a button at boot" things. One thread mentioned an HDD cable (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=316294), maybe its the logic board?


    ** PROBLEM SOLVED, SEE BELOW
    Thanks
     
  2. requimrar macrumors newbie

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    Does the HDD have an OS inside? Insert the OSX install CD, right after boot press alt/option and you should be able to see the CD as a bootable medium.
     
  3. insomniacl thread starter macrumors newbie

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    No luck unfortunately. Tried with the old HD, the new HD, and with no HD lol.
     
  4. insomniacl thread starter macrumors newbie

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    ** PROBLEM IDENTIFIED & FIXED **

    Hello friends, so I took my macbook into a repair shop for diagnostics.

    It turns out the CD-ROM had died, and wasn't able to read the boot CD to reinstall OS X. The HDD also failed but was replaced, but I could never get past a gray screen because I couldn't install from CD.

    So I opted to just let the CD-ROM be dead (replacement would have costed around $150?) and they reinstalled the OS for me.

    If you have another mac or a friend, there are guides on how to install mac from USB drive, so you can do that as well. Thanks
     
  5. Sonhascome macrumors 6502

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    Wow, what a very unfortunate series of events. glad you got it fixed
     

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