White Screen Stuck

cycocelica

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Ok so this has probably been asked many times but I found nothing. Anyways so I turn on my computer today and the white screen comes on and does not go away. It has been like that for 30 minutes now. I have taken out the battery and that didnt work. Any suggestions?
 

motulist

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And describe the situation in more detail as well. Is this after a cold boot or after waking from sleep? What exactly do you mean by "white screen"? I've never seen a white screen as part of the startup process. Is it all perfectly white, or is it grey? Are there any graphics on screen at all? Is it in a window or edge to edge? Did you have any startup programs running? Did anything change from the last time you started up without a problem? Is this the first time this has ever happened? Etc. etc. etc.
 

HydroMan

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motulist said:
And describe the situation in more detail as well. Is this after a cold boot or after waking from sleep? What exactly do you mean by "white screen"? I've never seen a white screen as part of the startup process. Is it all perfectly white, or is it grey? Are there any graphics on screen at all? Is it in a window or edge to edge? Did you have any startup programs running? Did anything change from the last time you started up without a problem? Is this the first time this has ever happened? Etc. etc. etc.
I'm using 10.4.6 and starting up from shut down takes you to a white screen with Apple logo and then to a blue screen(this is also true for Panther)
 

Mernak

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have you tried booting it from a cd or in safe mode that should give you some idea. put the install disk in first, then boot up while pressing C, when it starts up(might take a while, be patient) find an option to go to Disk utility in the top menu, then verify/repair disk permissions and disk. then try booting it up again.
 

cycocelica

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I have a PowerBook and the latest version of OSX. This is booting from a cold start. It was never on.

The white screen is the apple logo and the spinning thing. It just stays there. Ill try booting in safe mood.
 

cycocelica

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motulist said:
As in, you bought a brand new Mac and the first time you tried to turn it on it didn't boot up properly?
No as in I turned it off, went home, and turned it back on and the white screen just stayed there.
 

cycocelica

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I tried in safe mode and it looks like it doesnt even recognize there is a hard drive. I couldnt use disk utility and when I was going through the setup of 10.4 it said select where to install and it didnt show my hard drive.