Macbook Won't Boot
November 27, 2010 4:44 PM Subscribe
Macbook won't boot up. Laptop doesn't get past the chime/blue apple logo boot screen. I need your help Hive!
posted by freud to Computers & Internet (18 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
It's a 2.13GHZ White Macbook. It's about 4 years old. Here's the problem:
I was going to pass the laptop over to a family member so I wanted to give it a fresh factory setting reset.
First plan was to do it by booting from OSX CD, deleting everything etc then installing Snow Leopard from fresh. But the problem was that I wasn't able to read the CD, let alone boot from it. Whenever I put the CD in, it would whir, go quiet and then just automatically eject it. Same thing when I try to boot from CD, it whirrs and ejects. The CD is completely fine, and I was able to do it from other macs. I therefore thought it might be a problem with the Superdrive.
Change of plan,instead I decided to delete everything by creating a new admin account, then deleting my original account. That seemed to be okay. That is until I restarted which is when bad things happened namely:
1) The laptop now doesn't get past the bootscreen. I've tried to reset PRAM (?) as per online advice googled.
2) I now see a progress bar on the blue 'apple logo' bootscreen and can't get past this stage.
I tried again to boot from OSX CD, but the same problems persist (ejects).
At my disposal is my old Hard drive, install disks, Snow Leopard discs. Basically, I have no idea what to do. Help me, MeFi! Thank you beautiful people.