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

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by tibi08, Mar 10, 2009.

  1. tibi08 macrumors 6502a

    tibi08

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    #1
    I was using my Late 2007 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. SHADO macrumors 6502a

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    Well you hold down the option key to display the HD's to select from. Second, I would try zapping your PRAM by holding down command+option+P+R on startup.
     
  3. sascha h-k macrumors 6502

    sascha h-k

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    update again with combo 10.5.6

    what happens ?
     
  4. tibi08 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    tibi08

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    Thanks for the answers. Holding the option key doesn't bring anything up - it stays with the blue screen whatever key combination is held down upon boot.

    I have tried zapping the PRAM - doesn't change anything (although it did work)!

    Any other ideas?
     
  5. sascha h-k macrumors 6502

    sascha h-k

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    as i wrote, try 10.5.6 update again (combo)

    or start from extern hdd and run diskwarrior 4.1.1
     
  6. tibi08 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    tibi08

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    Maybe you misunderstood, the MBP does not respond to any key combination on boot, and gets stuck on the blue screen. So I cannot boot it into Mac OS to re-install an update, and I cannot boot from an external disk...
     
  7. sascha h-k macrumors 6502

    sascha h-k

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    sorry.

    shut down mbp, take out battery (also no ac) and hold down start-button for several seconds.
    wait a little bit and then with battery inside and ac plugged try start again.

    maybe pull out ram and seat it firmly again; if not apple-ram, put apple-ram back ..



    what happens than ?
     
  8. tibi08 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    tibi08

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    Thanks guys, it was my hard disk that failed. All fixed now.
     

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