Major problem with black macbook startup, possible hard drive problem, in a pickle

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by davidhabibian, Jul 15, 2009.

  1. davidhabibian macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2009
    #1
    Recently my family friend gave me his old black macbook for my birthday. It wasnt bad, it was just fine, only it ALWAYS has to be charging and plugged into the wall otherwise it shuts off. I dont care much about that, its basically a desktop for me.
    I had it for a day and a half when a friend recommended i do a software update. I didnt download anything stupid, i just updated itunes, quicktime, and 2 other things. at the end of the update it needed to restart so i did.
    When the computer was starting up again, it wouldnt move past the grey screen with the apple sign and that little wheel as if it was loading. i thought maybe thats what macs do after an update, so i left it for a few minutes. after like 20 minutes of being away i came back and the computer was still at that screen. i shut it off for the night and the next morning i had the same problem. I cant get to the homescreen or anything past the grey screen right when you start your computer up. does anyone know what the problem is/what the fee to repair it might be?
     
  2. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2005
    #2
    Hold down command+s, turn the computer on. When the text has stopped scrolling, type:

    fsck -fy

    hit return.
    Once it has finished, type:

    exit

    Hit return.
     
  3. belvdr macrumors 603

    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2005
  4. Kat King123 macrumors regular

    Kat King123

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2009
    #4
    lol option-s its command-s
    and you type reboot not exit
     
  5. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2005
    #5
    You're right about the key, it is command. However, exit will continue the boot process which is what we want, not rebooting the computer.
     
  6. davidhabibian thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2009
    #6
    ive done the command s, when the text stops scrolling it does not let me type.......?
     
  7. belvdr macrumors 603

    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2005
  8. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2005
    #8
    You should get something like this:

    [​IMG]

    At the top of the screen where it says root# you should be able to type in fsck -fy.
     
  9. davidhabibian thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2009
    #9
    when i hit command s the last thing says "extension "com.apple.drtiver.appleUSBTCKeyEventDriver" has no kernal dependency

    when i just run it on it stays on the grey screen with the apple logo and the wheel loading forver and ever
     
  10. davidhabibian thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2009
    #10
    i held command s and didnt get a screen that looked anything like that, and it wont let me type
     
  11. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2005
    #11
    So the Mac is off, you hold down the command key and the s key at the same time, you turn the machine on, you keep the keys held down and you don't get a black screen with white text?
     
  12. davidhabibian thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2009
    #12
    i do get a black screen with white text, but it does not let me type and the text is completley different from the picture that you posted
     

Share This Page