{SOLVED} Macbook Will Not Start... >:(

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by tsice19, May 12, 2008.

  1. tsice19 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 16, 2008
    Yesterday, after using my Macbook as I normally would, I restarted it. After restarting however, I noticed that the computer was stuck on the Grey Apple screen with a spinning gear. After about three minutes of that, it went to a blue apple screen. I retryed it several times, and on the occasion, I would see a black mouse. No progress.

    So, I followed all the directions here: http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=303234

    Nothing. (Thought process: "Apple, I though these things never crashed!?!?!)

    So, taking matters into my own hands, I:

    Booted into the install cd/disk utility and:

    -Selected Macintosh HD, click on the first aid tab, and repaired permissions and the drive (which reported everything was fine:

    -Then I went to install cd/reset password and re-set the pasword for my account.

    I restarted, and still nothing.
    Holding down shift at boot just speeds up the fan (no safe mode)
    And when I boot in verboose (I think that's what it's called, its where it shows all the lines of code instead of the spinning gear) there are no reported errors.


    So, how do I back up all my personal files (apps, music, files, pictures, documents, programs) and get to fix this.

    I do have all my music on my iPod touch, which is jailbroken, so the music doesn't neccesarily need to be backed up as I can getr it off.

    Also, I have the file vault on, since day one, so it may be hard to get my files.


    I have no problem taking it to the Apple store, as long as they don't read all my personal info, apps, music, etc;. It's a new machine and still under warranty (but no apple care)

    If anyone can help me, that'd be great.


    PS: For $1,500 dollars, this computer shouldn't be crashing.

    EDIT: If you found this thread by searching and are having a similar problem, here's how I fixed it:

    I did an archive install as detailed here

  2. Superdelphinus macrumors regular

    Feb 27, 2008
  3. MacHappytjg macrumors 65816

    Mar 24, 2008
  4. nick9191 macrumors 68040

    Feb 17, 2008
    $1500? The santa rosa 2ghz macbook cost $1099, you got ripped off.

    Yes it will crash, its a computer, if you spent $20,000 dollars it would still crash, the macs dont crash thing is a myth, its the same parts as in a PC.

    Sorry but the only advice I can give is to take it into Apple, its still under warranty, don't worry about it.
  5. tsice19 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Feb 16, 2008
    What's the purpose of a comment like that? Thanks for the help.

    I called them up...

    $1,099+Upgrades+Printers+Accessories= $1,500. Is it necessary to tell me I got ripped off? Just help me fix my friggen computer.

    OK, so now that I'm done replying, I called Apple and they had me do an archive install with OS X. Fixed the problem.

    Took a bit though.
  6. MacHappytjg macrumors 65816

    Mar 24, 2008
    i got this little black box i call it black box of death it makes u shut down ur mac happened to me once on my macbook and once on a intel imac at school

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