Macbook Pro refuses to boot from anything

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by slippyjim, Jan 2, 2014.

  1. slippyjim macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    Macbook pro A1286
    First off I am far from a Mac expert as I work fixing windows machines, but Im trying to fix the is Mac for a friend.

    It starts to boot, gets the apple log and the spinny circle then sometimes a blue screen and sometimes a grey screen. I tried everythign I could find on the web, safe mode, scanning the hard drive etc etc but nothing worked, made absolutely no difference whatsoever.

    So next I decided to try to format and reinstall, so I took the hard drive out and connected a spare empty drive I had lying around and started up the Internet recovery a progress bar appears and goes across I timer initally counts up then starts counting down then the screen goes grey and just stays like that.

    I have also tried a recovery DVD and also converted it to a USB stick but it wont even boot from them - I was pressing C during startup but I just get a folder with a ? flashing on the screen.

    Surely with a new hard drive in there it shoudl just install????

    Any ideas as to what is wrong?

    Thanks
     
  2. niteflyr macrumors 6502a

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  3. slippyjim thread starter macrumors newbie

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    If it was the hard drive cable then I would expect it to either not load at all or stop loading a bit more randomly. I dont think a faulty cable would cause it to stop in exactly the same way every time????
     

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