Trouble starting up, and now Im stuck

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by lrw6899, May 11, 2010.

  1. lrw6899 macrumors newbie

    May 11, 2010
    I have an older macbook that I got in the summer of 07 it operates on OS X.

    The other day I was trying to post something on facebook, and the little pinwheel started turning then the comp shut down on me.

    I then got to see the gray screen with a folder icon with a question mark on it.

    I called a friend wo suggested using the OS X install disc to help reboot the system .... well that did not work

    Now it will boot up to the install screen, allow me to select a language etc but when I am supposed to select the location there is nothing to select and I am stuck.

    Ive tried just about every other option I have seen on the internet. Holding Command+Apple Key + P+R, holding S, C, N, .... during start up. NADA.

    Help if you can.

  2. yellow Moderator emeritus


    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR
    Are you using any full disk encryption like PGP?

    Folder w/ flashing question mark means it cannot find any bootable OS.

    It's possible your HD has died.. hopefully you have a good back up?
  3. max¥¥ macrumors 6502a

    Aug 7, 2008
    Over there....
    yep sounds like failed hdd same thing happened to me on my hackintosh netbook, was watching a video in itunes, pinwheel, comp shut down and then wouldn't start up, replaced the hdd, reinstalled os and it was fine
  4. miicah macrumors regular

    Apr 14, 2010
    I think these macbooks were covered for this specific issue, google it.
  5. AreYouIn? macrumors 6502a


    Jun 9, 2009
    I think I heard something about that a month or so ago as well.

    Same thing happened to me last year. It is a hard drive failure. Sucks I know. :(

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