MacBook Wont Boot From Hard Drive or CD

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by ondagaskiknass, Oct 12, 2011.

  1. ondagaskiknass, Oct 12, 2011
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2011

    ondagaskiknass macrumors newbie

    Jul 11, 2009
    My computer boots up at a white screen with a grey folder containing a white question mark on it. It is running the Snow Leopard OS. When i try and boot from a cd i get the multi-cultural language error saying to hold down the power button until the computer shuts down. and then turn it back on. Not sure where to go from here. Any help is appreciated!
  2. Detrius macrumors 68000

    Sep 10, 2008
    Asheville, NC
    You probably get that when booting from the CD because it's older than your machine and doesn't have drivers for it. The blinking question mark most likely (though possibly not) means you have a bad hard drive.
  3. nicklad macrumors 6502

    Jun 13, 2007
    Nottingham, UK
  4. session101 macrumors regular

    Aug 25, 2011
    Salt Lake City, UT
    i would do the USB route, if your cd's are failing... it could be a bad burn, or a bad CD

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