macbook wont boot, stops at blue screen

Discussion in 'macOS' started by erik lol, Jun 7, 2009.

  1. erik lol macrumors newbie

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    ok my macbook wont boot
    i hit the power button, i hear the cd drive move, grey screen comes up with the apply logo and the little progress loading spinner thing, boot sound rings, then it goes to a dark blue screen for a second then it turns a lighter blue and the cursor is there and i can move it around, and then nothing happens it just sits there

    i tried holding command/option/p/r till i heard the boot noise twice then let go and it stopped at the blue screen again

    i didnt download anything new or change any permissions or system settings, just powered off last night and went to turn it on this morning and this happened

    so any help would be greatly appreciated it would be great if my mac didt break without any reason like my past windows machines. after all, thats why i got a mac
     
  2. ziggyonice macrumors 68020

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    I've seen this happen before, and while it's not "broken", you're going to have to do just a couple things to get it working again. Often times this is caused by a file that's become corrupted during an update to the computer, or something along those lines.

    You need to do what's called an Archive and Install. What this does is reinstall Mac OS X onto your computer, but doesn't touch any of your personal files -- so all your stuff should be safe. Unlike a Windows PC, Archive and Install DOES NOT erase the hard drive, but you just have to make sure to follow what's in bold below, and you'll be all set.

    Info from Apple's knowledge base article:
    Then just wait until the process is completed. :)
     
  3. erik lol thread starter macrumors newbie

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    alright its installing thanks ill let you know if it works


    you know whats funny is that as i was grabbing my macbook to turn it on this morning i was thinking how ive had it for a year now and its never pulled any stupid crap like windows has done to me oh so many times

    and then this happened lol its ok i forgive it, once a year system hiccup isnt bad
     
  4. ziggyonice macrumors 68020

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    Well a Mac is still a computer, and all computers have their days.
    Windows just has way too many of them. :)
     
  5. erik lol thread starter macrumors newbie

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    true true

    alright ziggy thanks a ton for your help im posting from the "broken" but now fixed macbook and none of my files were lost!

    my hat is off to you :D
     
  6. BigIsleJ macrumors newbie

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    Mahalo Much

    Ziggy, thanks for your reply above. I was searching the forum (not even a member yet) after my daughter's MacBook showed the same symptoms the OP described. Spent an hour looking for the install DVD (glad I was able to find it) and its now processing. I spent the two hours before that searching the user's guide PDF, Apple's site and Google-ing to find an answer. Thanks to this forum and your help, I'm finally making some progress. Hopefully, my results will be the same as the OP. Thanks again.:)

    Oh, and by the way, the book "crashed" after she moved a bunch of her files from her old laptop to her new one. I don't know why it would do that and hopefully it doesn't happen again.
     
  7. BigIsleJ macrumors newbie

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    Okay, an hour later now and the installed failed. Shut down, re-started holding "D" key, ran hardware test, everything checked out. Re-started, back to Apple gray screen with spinning wheel. Hard drive seems to make a bunch of noises. Goes to blue screen, still won't boot up. Any suggestions?
     
  8. BobZune macrumors 6502a

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