MacBook Won't Boot. Grey Screen

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by msizzle64, Mar 5, 2008.

  1. msizzle64 macrumors 6502


    Apr 8, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    My friend asked me to check out her macbook (2.1 GHz 1 GB Ram 120 HDD) because it wouldn't boot up. only showed a solid grey screen with no apple logo or chime. i tried everything from going into safe mode, target disk mode, reseting p ram, inserting leopard dvd, holding c key, holding option key, ect. nothing but a grey screen. so i took out the hard drive and put it in a external case and re installed the ram (incase they were loose). i connected it to my macbook pro and os x gave me this error message, "Disk Insertion. the disk you inserted is not readable by this computer. is something wrong with the HDD or the software like leopard. then i opened disk utility on my mbp and did a disk repair. i got many red error messages so i just aborted the repair. so i took it out of the case and put it back in the macbook. it still shows a grey screen. but target disk mode now works but my mbp still gives me the disk insertion error. so then i tried the leopard dvd. i held down option and it showed up. now it booted from the leopard disk. but the installer doesnt show the hard drive. is the hard drive screwed?

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  2. butang macrumors newbie

    Mar 1, 2008
    CA, USA
    Sounds like a dameged HD to me. Is it still under warranty?
  3. CalmEnvy macrumors 6502a

    Feb 9, 2008
    Sounds like a HD failure. That sucks since it's new though, I'd take it back to Apple.
  4. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Feb 12, 2007
    Neander Valley, Germany; just outside Duesseldorf
    First thing you ought to do is boot from the installer DVD and run Disk Utility's Repair option. It might be a simple fix. If not, the drive's filesystem may have been corrupted, requiring a reinstallation of the OS. If you have Disk Warrior (hopefully it's Leopard-compliant by now) you might give it a try, too. Of course, if there's a back-up of the volume, you could just use it for the reinstall.

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