Hi there I have a 5 1/2 year old black MacBook. I know.....why am I bothering....but it's still a very useful bit of kit and more important still my back up drive has been up the creek for a long time.....I know I'm an idiot no backup promise it won't happen again. So here's what's happening and I need to get it going at least long enough to back up my stuff and hopefully for future use. Two issues have affected it in recent months: 1. A knock on the front near the trackpad. 2. The battery became swollen. The trackpad started playing up and I stuck four rubber sticky chair foot pads one on each corner....it stopped the battery pushing upwards and cured it. In last days the MacBook has been closing down, or difficult to boot up....sometimes will, sometimes won't. Sometimes it gives a message on the screen that the MacBook must be restarted, and it won't work until you do that I decided to take the battery out and it booted fine and worked. Thought I'd just use it at home unbatteried, but sure enough it now won't boot. Here's the thing: When I press the power button I get the typical mechanical sort of wind-up sound, and a brief flash of white on the screen......but not the Apple chime sound which normally follows. if I hold it to my ear I hear the HD spinning.....though it doesn't sound very smooth. The little white light on the front comes on, and stays lit. But black screen. What would a clever man do? The SuperDrive hasn't worked for years so I can't boot from that. What would be a logical train of thought (and I really do need to get some stuff out!) I didn't realise it was that old yes I agree to get a new one. But I,d rather get a small Air, not keen on his ipad, and use the macbook as a base station. .