Not booting past gray screen

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by matelot, Feb 23, 2011.

  1. matelot macrumors regular

    Aug 16, 2010
    Rev A. (MB450LL/A) (64GB SSD)

    MBA won't boot past the gray screen,. I performed Safe Boot and it does not make a difference.
    this is what it shows : (sorry for the blurry picture)

    One line says "Mac HD could not be repaired"

    If you have to take a guess - Does it mean the SSD is toast and need to be replaced ?

  2. oakie macrumors 6502


    Oct 16, 2008
    wow. that pic is so blurry it's of absolutely no help.

    as for the Mac HD being unrepairable, it depends on the context, which could possibly be somewhere in that photo, but it's unreadable. likely it means that there's a problem with the software and verifying/repairing is not possible.

    your first step should be to try and format then reinstall the OS. if that doesnt work, then start considering a possible hardware problem.
  3. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    That would be my guess. I'd take it in and have it looked at. Hopefully you have a backup.
  4. matelot thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 16, 2010
    should I go to the "Genius" first or just to an Apple repair shop ?

    (no more warrranty)
  5. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    Genius Bars will look at your computer for no charge, but then if they need to fix it they will charge at that point. If it's something software related or simple then they usually don't charge (at least that's been my experience).
  6. bigus7674 macrumors member

    Jan 4, 2005
    Gray screen with Apple logo?

    Don't know if you are having the same problem, but a few years ago I used my computer all day, shut it down that night and woke up the next morning. Started the computer and it wouldn't boot past the gray screen with the Apple logo. Showed the progress "circle" constantly spinning but not doing anything.

    After much freaking out, luckily I discovered the problem - I booted the computer with my DiskWarrior CD and discovered that there was a bad sector apparently in the boot sequence. I had DiskWarrior do it's thing and about a half hour later I was back up and running.

    Maybe start there if you have a copy of DiskWarrior available...
  7. bowlerman625 macrumors 68020


    Jun 17, 2009
    Chicago, IL area
  8. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    probably HDD failure.

    Take it to a genius bar and get them to quote you for the repair work that needs to be done.

    With that quoted price, check out other sources and if your technical prowess is not too uncouth you could try and fix it yourself and source the part.

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