Macbook Pro stuck at blue screen - won't boot from CD

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by tibi08, Mar 9, 2009.

  1. tibi08 macrumors 6502a

    tibi08

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    I was using my Penryn Macbook Pro today, and things started going strange - finder crashed when I tried to move a file on the hard disk, then all my widgets in dashboard didn't work.

    I rebooted to try and fix things, and it got stuck at the blue screen. Whatever key combination I press, it will not boot - not from CD, it won't show me the boot options if i hold Shift.

    The only progress I can make is if I hold shift, then a cursor appears over the blue screen, and I can move the cursor around. But it won't do anything other than that.

    Anybody got any ideas? I can't find much with my searches.... :(
     
  2. logana macrumors 65816

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    In the meantime try booting from the install dvd while holding down "C" - or hold down "alt" to see what you can boot from.....

    It sounds as if your hard disk OS is corrupted or disk is failing - do you have a back-up ?
     
  3. tibi08 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks. I guess I was hoping somebody might be able to narrow the problem down from the details I've given (e.g. is it logic board failure, hard disk faliure, etc)
     
  4. windowpain macrumors 6502a

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    If it isn't even getting to the boot process, it probably isn't the hard disk failing.
    It sounds to me like a logic board failure. Does it make a 'bong' sound when you turn it on?
     
  5. tibi08 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yes it does bong - but that's about it
     
  6. windowpain macrumors 6502a

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    Thats a good sign!
    Try removing a stick of ram, it may be one of them that has gone bad.
     
  7. tibi08 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks guys, it was my hard disk that failed. All fixed now.
     
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  9. tibi08 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Wrong forum the first time!
     
  10. James Cole macrumors 6502

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    Why did it failed?
     

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