OSX won't boot, linux works fine.

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

  1. counterfriction macrumors newbie

    Jul 23, 2008
    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?


    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


    Jul 10, 2006
    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

    Apr 10, 2003
    The "Garden" state
    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

    Jul 23, 2008
    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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