My Screen Has Died, And I Am Cr*p With Computers...

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by nataliex2010x, Sep 14, 2010.

  1. nataliex2010x macrumors newbie

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    Please help me... My Macbook was fine before and I just went to turn it on, it made the sound like it tried to boot up, but after the backlight of the screen originally lit up, it never changed.. It never displayed the Apple and it never started. It just stayed lit and blank. My Macbook is quite old, (its the black one...) I just don't understand why it won't just start.

    I have looked on these previous forums for advice,and they say look for 'lose ram' now... I know what ram is, but where it goes and what it may look like lose, i have no idea?!

    Argh, I only paid 50 for a new charger last week, and I don't want to pay more. Any tips of advice on how to get it working???

    Thankss.
     
  2. nataliex2010x thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Now.. I have plugged it into charge and tryed turning it on again, and it is displaying a picture of a file with a question mark in????
     
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  4. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    Just saw this. The folder with a question mark means that the Mac can't find (or can't find a valid) system to boot from. In addition to the suggestions in my other note you could try booting from your OS X restore disc by holding down the C key while it boots up. Once booted from the OS X restore disc, go to the File menu (I believe) and select Disk Utility. Then use Disc Utility to repair the internal hard disc. Once that completes again go to the File menu and select Quit Installer (I believe) and the Mac will restart (hopefully) from the internal hard drive.
     
  5. nataliex2010x thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    thanks for the help. I done the first one.. The command, option p + r and it reset, the apple sign appeared and a black box showed up saying now restart your computer. Which I did, and it's gone back to being lit but blank. When I start it up, it makes a funny sound... before the start up sound... But, it's done that for a while?...
     
  6. nataliex2010x thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Now there is just the apple logo and the searching wheel it ticking round, as if it is trying to do something, but not actually doing anything?
     
  7. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    The box with the message to restart your computer is called a Kernal Panic and frequently is caused by a hardware problem. Can you tell where the funny sound is coming from?
     
  8. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    Are you trying to boot from the internal hard drive or the OS X Restore disc? If the Restore disc it will take longer than a hard drive based boot up.
     
  9. Play Ultimate macrumors 6502

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    Possibly a bad HD. Check using the startup disk. Put into the drive slot restart the computer holding the 'C' key until it starts up.
    If it starts up, try fixing the HD using Disk Utility.
    If it does not start up from the Disk, then something more serious is wrong. :(
     
  10. nataliex2010x thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I tryed the other methods and it took it from a blank screen to the apple sign, but no futher. I tryed the C-Key method and it went back to the folder, but now back to the apple sign with the task bar thing still spinning, as if it is trying to load?... Shall I leave it on, and see if it eventually does?
    My mum just confessed she dropped it, right before the problem. So, do you think some kind of memory may have moved out of place? Thank-you.
     
  11. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    Was it on when she dropped it? It's quite possible that it dislodged a connection (hard drive, RAM, etc.) or damaged the hard drive. Have you tried booting from the Restore CD?
     
  12. nataliex2010x thread starter macrumors newbie

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    No, but it is quite a deep loud sound, right before the start up everytime i turn it on. it has been happening for a while. So, i don't know it the current errors are to do with that, the fact my mum dropped it, or a combination of both?
     
  13. nataliex2010x thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It may have been on stand by when she dropped it. Or off. I have tried rebooting it with the 2 first methods you suggested.. The command, option P and R. I have also tried holding down the C until it starts. It never gets past the Apple. It is still on that now, and has been for like 10 minutes. I have taken the battery out and looked for anything that looks out of place, but to be honest I dont really know what I am looking for?
     
  14. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    If it was on, then it more than likely damaged the hard drive when it was dropped. When you're holding down the "C" key, do you have the Restore disc in, in won't do anything otherwise. You wouldn't be able to see anything loose by taking the battery out.
     
  15. nataliex2010x thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Oh, maybe I should just take it into the shop. I don't think I still have the restore disk. Just one more question (sorry to be annoying,and thanks for all your help!) if the hard drive is damaged will all my work be lost? I have hundreds of important photo's in my aperture file that are very important and (stupidly) not backed up...
     
  16. AlphaDogg macrumors 68040

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    Don't think that you are annoying. We are a forum, and we are here to help. Yes, if your hard drive is dead, ALL of your work/data/settings/applications will be lost. You can look into data recovery services, which can cost upwards of $1,500

    Edit: You should also try booting the computer while holding the left shift key. I believe that just the left shift key will work for what is called "Safe Boot", but I am not sure. So, to be on the safe side, I am telling you to hold the left shift key immediately after pushing the power button, to turn on the computer (not when holding the power button to turn off).
     
  17. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    If it is the hard drive, then more than likely the contents will be lost, sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

    Do you by any chance have a TechTool Deluxe disc (they come with AppleCare)? Or do you have a retail version of OS X that's equal or newer to the version that came with you MacBook? Either of those should be able to boot the MacBook in this situation. Booting from something other than the internal hard drive would help determine if it's the hard drive or other hardware at fault.

    One more thing that I didn't think of earlier is you could try booting in Safe mode. This explains more:

    :apple: Mac OS X: What is Safe Boot, Safe Mode?
     
  18. nataliex2010x thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The safe mode does not work either. I am hoping that something has come lose, rather then completely broken. Although, I don't know what the chances of that are. I done the photography for a wedding and losing the images would be the worst thing in the world. I hadn't quite finished them, so hadn't backed them up. :/ Fingers crossed this can be fixed. Thanks alot for all your help.
     
  19. nataliex2010x thread starter macrumors newbie

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    One more thing, it is still trying to load the safe mode.. it is now making a sound like the fan is running and the apple sign is still on and acting like loading but getting no futher.
     
  20. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    Safe mode does take quite a bit longer than a normal boot, so you could let it try for a minute or 2 if it hasn't been going that long already.
     
  21. AlphaDogg macrumors 68040

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    My MBP takes anywhere between 5-10min to boot into safe mode.
     

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