Macbook won't boot

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by hols, Jun 11, 2012.

  1. hols macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2012
    Hey all,

    I've got this issue where when I turn my macbook on, it goes to the apple, and the little swirly thing, but won't go past there.

    Found this link with the exact same problem from 2009:

    The advice given was so:
    "Okay, shut down the Mac (hold down power key)
    Restart whilst holding down Command-S

    The screen should turn black and load some text

    At the prompt type

    fsck -fy and press Return

    Hopefully some repairs will be performed.

    At the prompt type

    reboot and press Return

    Cross your fingers"

    Crossed my fingers... but it didn't work. It has come up with ** The volume OS could not be repaired. *****File System Was Modified*****


    A little help!? PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



    more info - here's EVERYTHING it said after I typed in fsck -fy:

    ** /dev/rdisk0s2
    ** Root file system
    ** Checking Journaled HFS Plus volume.
    ** Checking Extents Overflow file.
    ** Checking Catalog file.
    disk0s2: I/O Error.
    Invalid sibling link
    (4, 3723)
    ** Rebuilding Catalog B-tree.
    disk0s2: I/O error.
    Invalid node structure
    (4, 256)
    disk0s2: I/O error.
    ** The volume OS could not be repaired.

    :/ root#
  2. hols thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2012
  3. doctormark77 macrumors member


    Jul 21, 2010
    Houston TX
    I'm not familiar with those commands so they may be equivalent to what I'm about to suggest. Do you have your recovery cds or an OS install cd? If so you could boot off of that and use disk utility. Once in disk utility you should be able to "repair disk". I had an old iBook that would not boot until I did that. If you can get to boot again I would backup your data if you haven't already.
  4. hols thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2012
    Ah yes - background info.

    Well bought this laptop in 2006, so it's pretty old.

    It started running very slow - all components freezing and then after 10 seconds either closing or working again. Opening up even just a folder, with nothing else open, would cause it to slow right down and/or freeze until after a while it then opened up. All programs ran slowly - even the calculator!

    So two days later (when I finally had some spare time) I backed up EVERYTHING. All photos, music, files and other important stuff - so that's all safe :) But then it crashed 1 day later and now I can't turn it back on - with all the stuff I outlined in my first post.

    BUT I don't have the recovery or install CD's. Due to it being so old, and moving house and interstate and back and then moving some more (moving house 6 times in 6 years) and I've lost them somewhere along the way.
  5. hols thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2012
    still no help?

    please i really would appreciate it!
  6. atlanticza macrumors 6502a


    Jul 18, 2008
    Cape Town
    As a last resort, take it to your nearest Apple store?
  7. hols thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2012
    not enough money for that! hah, if i had money, i'd not be living off vegemite sandwiches, porridge and toast right now!

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