MB A1181 wont boot :(

aadilkhanmaniyar

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Sep 14, 2016
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Hi, I have a MB A1181 Black. I have not been using it for a few years now. Now since I have some spare time on hands due to the lockdown I thought of working on that MB. However, it just wont boot. No matter what option I try it takes me to the flashing question mark screen. I was able to boot from USB previously but now even that does not seem to work no matter how long the option key is kept pressed. I have tried bootable USB, bootable DVD. RAM seems fine as the startup chime is played.

Any advise what could be wrong with the MB? Any suggestions would be much appreciated
 

rampancy

macrumors regular
Jul 22, 2002
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It's possible that the USB ports could have been blown. When you say you've tried to boot from USB, do you mean an external CD/DVD drive? Hard drive? USB memory stick?
 

aadilkhanmaniyar

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Sep 14, 2016
2
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Hi @rampancy , it was a USB memory stick. I had created a bootable USB stick with OS X SnowLeopard using Transmac utility. Using the same utility I did create a bootable DVD and tried booting using the inbuild SuperDrive but no luck.

quite possible USB ports are not working but is there any way I can be sure..
 

rampancy

macrumors regular
Jul 22, 2002
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What I would also do in your place would be to install OS X (10.6 is best, since it can run on either a Core Duo or Core 2 Duo A1181) on a known good hard drive/SSD, and then put that in the MacBook to see if it boots.
 
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