MBP 15inch won't boot - Genius Bar no help

Discussion in 'macOS' started by wwjd79, Apr 29, 2010.

  1. wwjd79 macrumors newbie

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    Hi. This is my first time posting because I usually get my answers from any previous topics but the problem I have right now there are nothing out there for me.

    Long story short, when I boot my computer, it goes to a "DOS" screen and tells me that there is no bootable drive. So I try again pressing down the alt button and I get my mbp hard drive option. I click on it and after about 15 minutes screen comes up (my last view before turning off last night) and mouse is the only thing working. (everything else frozen). I used to run bootcamp with windows 7 before but I've cleaned out the hard drive and was only running snow leopard. Can anyone help?

    people at the apple store told me its a hard drive problem. I got a new hard drive and I'm still getting the dos prompt. Also, tried installing Leopard again and it freezes on me. I have no clue...

    15 inch MBP (late 2008 model)
    2.8ghz
    4gb memory

    thanks.
     
  2. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    Can you boot from the install discs that came with the computer?
     
  3. wwjd79 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    yeah but the install freezes with 20 minutes remaining. tried it 3 times.
     
  4. Willis macrumors 68020

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  5. wwjd79 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    how do I do that? can you help? thank you so much...
     
  6. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    Check out this :)
     
  7. wwjd79 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    tried AHP test. no hardware issues found.... perhaps my laptop is really dead...
     
  8. Pax macrumors 6502a

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    When you say the install freezes, does that mean you are trying to re-install Mac OS X? If so,don't do that, just select the DVD as the boot drive and boot from that. It contains a working copy of OS X.

    Does it boot OK &in a reasonable time (slower than booting from a hard disk though)?
     

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