If i go look at it what are things to look for?
Is there a way to get it to boot off my ext hd?
I guess you meant that for me?Where do you see or where does it mention the question mark, went there no question mark!
It could be as simple as reinstalling the OS or replacing the HDD, but since the is no folder with a question mark visible, it could be something else entirely, as that folder with a question mark at least indicates a that it is working, just that the OS has not been found.
What do you recommend i take with me to check it ? what version of os? etc...
would you guys buy it for 65$? no charger
I guess you meant that for me?
As there is no visible question mark, it is not a good sign, but one could still test.
If you have Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard on any kind of bootable medium, even the installer, take that.
As for the charger, if you have one already, use that. I would only take it after testing it.
Do I need a bootable flash drive? Ive never used one, do I get the file off of apple site?
I bought it even though I could not get it to boot into recovery. I hit command r then tried holding down option. Nothing happens. I heard the apple chime. I see the mouth cursor. Any suggestions?
You mentioned an external HDD you
want to take with you. What is on it?
As for a bootable medium, you either clone one of your Macs to an external HDD via CarbonCopyCloner (version 3.4.7 is still free) and SuperDuper! (leaving out your user directory after creating another admin account just for the purpose of checking the MB), or you download Mac OS X 10.7 Lion or OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion again from the Mac App Store (MAS) ( Mac OS X 10.7 Lion might be a bit harder though) and make a bootable install medium on a 4 GB or 8 GB USB flash storage thumb drive.
If you want to make a bootable installation medium, you can follow these steps:
I put that bootable file on a thumb drive, I cant get it to do anything once inserted in the the mac...
You can't just copy the file over, that does not work, you have to restore it to the thumb drive.
Do you have another Mac, if so it's fairly easy, is the image a DMG or an ISO, if it's a DMG it is not possible to do this on a PC, well not by default, there might be a way but I am not aware of any right now..
I have a mbpr yes, how do I do that ^^^
i got the file from the first link in post 10
i have Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard