Macbook Pro A1211 Issues

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  1. Polish Don, Dec 10, 2014
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    Polish Don macrumors newbie

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    Hi !

    I traded my Mac desktop for a MacBook Pro A1211 and after playing with the laptop for a while I ran into a problem. (Operator error ?)

    I turn it off for a few day and when I turned it on, instead of a apple logo I get a folder with a "?" mark flashing. It sounds like the hard drive may have died. I have another hard drive, but.........

    Thing is, I have a perfectly good copy of Snow Leopard but it will not boot from the internal DVD. When I hold the option key down, I get a mouse pointer but no devices. And the DVD will eject. With either the new or the old hard drive installed.

    I even hooked an external USB DVD drive but that doesn't show either. I hear both trying to read the OS disk, but nothing else. And the disk is find, I just used it a few months ago to put the OS on a older MacBook.

    I've tried holding down the "C" key, the "Option" key and CMD + Option + R+ P and nothing has worked.

    Help !!!!
     
  2. Polish Don thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Still Need Help !! :)

    I purchased the original (gray) apple disks, but they have the same issue as the snow Leopard disk.

    It sounds like they are trying to boot (I hear the D/DVD head move), but nothing ever appears.

    I've tried resetting the Pvram (Command/Option/P/R)
    Booting with Option C
    and a few others
    Eve holding the D key down does not give me a display

    When I hold the option key down, I sometimes see the mouse pointer, but no drives appear to select. Then the DVD ejects

    Any Suggestions ??????
     
  3. l.a.rossmann macrumors 65816

    l.a.rossmann

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    All of these old GSA-S10M& UJ867C dvd burners were sh|t when they were new, and are certainly dead now. These are nine years old, and again, were garbage when they were new.

    and the hard drive is dead.

    Buy a USB external dvd drive from newegg for 30 bucks and a new drive. preferably an SSD, hard drives are so slow they make the laptop feel "broken" by comparison. Crucial has 256 GB MX100 for about $100 now. Good deal!

    But this is $130 going into a nine year old machine. X1600 will be the next to go on this one, checkerboarding ahead!
     
  4. Polish Don thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks!

    I already have a new HDD drive and a USB external DVD drive. How do I get the MacBook to boot from the external drive?
     
  5. maflynn Moderator

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    Holding down the option key (not other keys) will bring up a boot menu for you to select the volume to boot up with.
     
  6. Polish Don thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks!

    I've held down the Option key. I get a mouse pointer, but no HDD (new or old HDD) or dvd drives.

    I've reset the PVRAM, Booted holding C and a few others. No success.
     
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  8. Polish Don thread starter macrumors newbie

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    SMC reset

    How do you do that? I'm still learning how to use a mac. :)
     
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