MBP won't boot past grey screen - Very Confused and tried the basics

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by aplanwithaman, Nov 23, 2010.

  1. aplanwithaman macrumors newbie

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    So bare with me I want to be thorough so hopefully someone can help me out. My MBP (08) will not boot past the grey screen. The wheel just spins infinitely. I've read about it trying to figure it out.

    1) I tried to boot from the install disc, when I do there are weird diagonal lines and the thing is unreadable.

    2) I hooked it to my Mac Pro in target disc mode. I was able to get some of the information off, but it would eventually freeze up and freeze the finder on the Pro. It wouldn't verify the disc in disc utility. It would freeze if I tried to repair the disc.

    3) It won't boot in safe mode or single user mode (CMD + S)

    4) I tried removing the ram and switching it and using only one stick of ram (to make sure it wasn't a ram problem).

    5) I tried to boot without the battery


    Needless to say I am a bit frustrated. My applecare is long gone and there is no apple certified repair place anywhere near here. I've also noticed the thing is very hot. If nothing else I'd like to have an idea of what I should be expecting from the repair place.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks in advance!!
     
  2. cluthz macrumors 68040

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    Tried Apple Hardware Test ? It should be labeled "Apple Hardware Test" on one of the original CDs.
     
  3. imaketouchtheme macrumors 65816

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    He can't boot from the discs...

    Probably a logic board issue. You can pull the hard drive and retrieve the information if you have an enclosure or adapter.
     
  4. aplanwithaman thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I've been told logic board by a good friend. I was able to get some of the data off the old drive, but it would freeze when i tried to move anything large off of it or do disc utilities.
     
  5. imaketouchtheme macrumors 65816

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    Physically take the hard drive out of the computer and place it into an enclosure or the like.
     
  6. cluthz macrumors 68040

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    Hardware Test is very often bootable when normal boot isn't..
    When my 8600M graphics made havoc when I booted to something else I could still boot and run the test :)
     

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