White folder with ? when I try and boot my MacBook

Discussion in 'macOS' started by l4t13, Apr 17, 2008.

  1. l4t13 macrumors regular

    Oct 15, 2006
    Hello, I keep getting a grey folder with a question mark and white back ground when I try and boot up my MacBook. Any ideas on how I can fix it? I will try a complete restore Saturday when I get home from college.

    The problem started when I tried to wake my computer up. The MacBook wouldn't give me a log in screen so I held the power button for forced restart then it happened.

  2. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus


    Jan 15, 2006
    The Kop
    You can try clearing your PRAM by holding down Command-Option-P-R keys on boot.

    If that doesn't work try repairing the drive using disk utility once you have booted from your install DVD.
  3. iBlue macrumors Core


    Mar 17, 2005
    London, England
    sounds like it can't find your startup disk

    here's a link
  4. LastLine macrumors 65816

    Aug 24, 2005
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU like Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/420.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.0 Mobile/4A102 Safari/419.3)

    Had same problem this week. Went to apple store and they just replaced the disk as apparently it had died, was under warranty still though.

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