OSX won't boot, linux works fine.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by counterfriction, Jul 23, 2008.

  1. counterfriction macrumors newbie

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    Hi y'all. Been reading these here forums for advice for quite a while now, but this is my first post so please bear with me =D

    So, about a month ago, my macbook was lookin real thirsty so I gave is a good helping of some soft drink. Well it didn't like that too much, and thats where my troubles began.

    Needless to say, I immediately removed the battery and turned the thing upside down. Later, I opened it up to clean it out real good and let it dry for a few days.

    I booted it up and everything worked perfectly... for a bit. The second time I booted, it took FOREVER, but then everything worked fine. The third time I booted, it took half an hour to get to the login screen, and then froze.
    Subsequent boots result (after a LONG time of the fan revving at full speed) in either the folder with the question mark, or a slightly more blunt 'no' sign (like the no smoking sign, but sans cigarette...)

    Here's the kicker: though the whole ordeal, I've been able to boot into linux through bootcamp just fine. I can also mount my OSX partition, and the filesystem seems just fine, as does the integrity of all my important files (photos, music, movies, documents). I backed all these up.

    Now I wanna get my mac back. Unfortunately, my OSX install disk is in california and I'm in japan. The other day, I finally got my hands on an english-region install DVD from a colleague, only to find out that I lost my superdrive in the accident. *sigh*

    So, I'm wondering if anyone here knows how I can just make my mac boot from my seemingly healthy OSX partition. I'm guessing that some boot record or something became corrupted and I just need to restore it. Any ideas?

    Thanks!

    [edit]
    D'oh, I forgot to mention the mac-pertinent things I've tried so far:
    single user mode: doesn't work
    verbose mode: doesn't work
    flashed pram: now I have a chime after power-on, which is actually annoying to me. it wasn't there before...
     
  2. bigrell486 macrumors 6502

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    I'm assuming that you are using a Macbook air.

    Did you try using a friends mac to setup remote disk and try booting from there?

    edit: About the chime on start up; It should have always sounded when you turn you computer on
     
  3. question fear macrumors 68020

    question fear

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    Well, if the OP's superdrive is internal then it's probably not an Air.

    OP: Have you tried booting from an external dvd drive?
     
  4. counterfriction thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Quite right, not an Air.

    I don't have access to an external DVD drive here, unfortunately. Even if I did... it would probably be Japan region-coded. Or does this not matter for the OSX DVD?

    Also, I'm just about as interested in a solution to the problem as I am in repairing my laptop. Clobbering the old installation is the easy way out; can anyone figure out why it doesn't work in the first place? As I said, the drive seems to be healthy enough...
     

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