Need Help MBP Might be BRICKED!

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  1. ProjectNBM macrumors newbie

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    It all started with a faulty update that screwed my MBP three ways to hell. And now I bought a new hard drive, a Western Digital (WD500BEVT), and now I can't install either the Snow Leopard CD or the 13 inch Install CD

    I tried holding option before start up but only the mouse cursor shows.

    I tried holding C but all I get is the CD coming back out.

    Oh and I put the CD in and shut off the MBP then turn it back on before doing those steps.

    Any help would be appreciated. Thank you!
     
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  4. ProjectNBM thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Straight out of the box. How do I do that?

    But even so, wouldn't holding option show the CD if it's in??
     
  5. WiBu macrumors member

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    You shouldn't need to hold down anything if it's a clean drive. Turn the computer on and stick in the CD and it should all just work (forgive me if you tried that at first).

    Did you install the new HDD yourself? Have you still got the old HDD? It might be worth opening it up again and making sure you didn't accidentally dislodge any connectors. If that isn't the case, stick in the old HDD and see if it boots up fine.
     
  6. barebackbadger8 macrumors 6502

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    faulty cd/dvd or cd/dvd drive?
    have you got access to an external cd/dvd drive?
     
  7. ProjectNBM thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Tried pressing nothing and it just ejects the CD

    Tried seeing if I connected everything right

    Can't use the old HDD because its basically fried (tried) :(

    And I do have an external but I only have a windows PC
     
  8. xxBURT0Nxx macrumors 68020

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    external dvd drive i'm assuming? It should still work as long as it's usb...

    sounds like a broken optical drive to me though, can you take it to an apple store? are you still under apple care? You can buy a new optical drive for pretty cheap and install yourself if you're not, or you can try an external.
     
  9. ProjectNBM thread starter macrumors newbie

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    No, it's a external HD and I guess it does sound like a bad optical drive since holding option doesn't show the DVDROM...

    Where can I buy it for cheap?
     
  10. barebackbadger8 macrumors 6502

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    yes defo sounds like a broken superdrive then.
    like burt0n says take it into apple or try and get your hands on an external drive, if that doesnt work then its maybe something more fatal
     
  11. ProjectNBM thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hopefully it's not anything worse. I press the power button and I hear the chime and holding T shows the firewire logo and holding option shows the mouse cursor...

    "Please let it be the dvdrom only!"
     
  12. barebackbadger8 macrumors 6502

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    where are you? uk, us etc?
    in the uk they are about £20+ but you could try ebay
     
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  14. barebackbadger8 macrumors 6502

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    if you have a windows pc, copy the install disc to a usb drive,
    not sure how lol but i gather it can be done

    try this:
    1) Insert Snow Leopard retail disc into your PC. SL will come up with a window on autorun, but close that.
    2) Download, install and run Transmac trial
    3) In Transmac, right click on the drive with DVD in
    4) Choose "Save Image As.." and call it SLRetail.dmg, and proceed.

    For me this process took about 10 minutes

    5) When finished, insert 16gb USB stick on Windows then format with NFTS

    6) When finished, copy SLRetail.dmg to USB - this also takes about 10 minutes


    or if you have access to another mac (friend, family etc)
    try this http://www.macgurulounge.com/create-snow-leopard-usb-installation-drive/
     
  15. ProjectNBM thread starter macrumors newbie

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    BTW, how do you do this?
     
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    You can format after booting from the DVD; in other words that's not the issue here.
     
  17. ProjectNBM thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Tried copying the .dmg to to a external HD and that didn't work...

    But what I'm doing is holding option but the external HD doesn't show.

    I would try with a 8gig usb but I only have a 4gig

    I ordered a new superdrive, guess I'll wait...
     
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    Did you "restore" the dmg to the external drive or just copy the file on there?
     
  19. Hydrocity macrumors 6502a

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    Holding option on boot doesnt show the cd. Pressing C on boot up boots from the CD, but I think you mentioned you have already done that.

    But pressing C ejects the CD? Shouldnt holding the trackpad down do that, not C?

    Is your other drive completely screwed? Or if you plug it into your windows comp, it will still show the files. If that works, maybe copying the files over would work?

    I dont know, this was probably non-helpful :(
     
  20. ProjectNBM thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I only have a Windows PC :( I don't know how to extract into the hard drive as a working bootup (iono if that makes sense)

    And holding c doesn't boot from CD but eventually it just ejects
     

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