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Macbook - screen white/blank after turning on

I was working on my macbook and it bogged down with the spinning wheel staying on and not doing anything so I shut down the computer by holding down the start button. When I turned it back on only the white/blank screen came on with no apple logo and it won't go any further. I can here computer noise and the fan comes on. Any ideas?

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  • chikonahoka Jan 26, 2009

    i got the same problem. i had Safari and Numbers open. the safari seemed to hang, with the spinning wheel going on, so i quit Numbers, thinking it would help. They both stalled, so i tried to get to Finder to force quit, but surprised when i couldn't. so i turned it off using the power button. but i cannot get back on - the screen is blank white, the start up sound is there, but it goes no further. i don't want to lose my files!

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Sounds like it could be a corrupted OS; have you tried forcing it to start up with the OS disk, holding down the 'C' key? That's the first place to start...

If it won't start up like that, you probably have a hardware problem. (You can get excellent troubleshooting guidance at: http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Mac/ ) depending on your level of geekness, and assuming the warranty is expired?

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If you've deleted your nvram and you're still getting a white screen and it doesn't even try to boot, i would assume there is an issue with your logic board. If you're out of warranty, somebody has to openthe Macbook screen and replace the part. The part is available onebay. Here's aguide on how to disassemble a Macbook. Maybe a tech savy friend can do it for you. If you want to pay to have somebody do it for you there are third party Macbook Repair Services.

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I have a problem with my macbook. When I hold option and start in the same time it just show me recover HD. Please I need a help what should I do next.

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Leave the Macbook air turned on until the battery goes dead. Then Connect to power and start it up. That should solve the problem. You problem was caused by not letting an update install in full.

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SOURCE: Turning on my macbook- all i see is white screen and 'no' sign

Apple has a troubleshooting document about this here: http://support.apple.com/kb/TS1892
Normal procedure is to reset the NVRAM and PRAM then "remind" your Mac where to find the system folder. (This problem sometimes happens when the system folder is moved, renamed or deleted.)
It may be necessary to reinstall the operating system. (Fortunately, if you use the "archive and install" option, you can do this without erasing the hard drive or losing your user data.)

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SOURCE: MacBook won't start up.

If you have your Mac OS X Install disc, insert it into the drive.
Restart the computer and hold down "C" while booting.
Choose your language.
Select "Disk Utility" from the "Utilities" in the menu bar.
Select your Macbook's hard drive in the left sidebar.
Click the "First Aid" tab thats along the top of the viewer window.
Click "Verify Disk" (not verify disk permissions)
If this shows errors click "Repair Disk"
Once completed close the Disk Utility window.
Restart the computer.
If this fails to fix it as well then your next option would most likely be recovering your files from the macbook either by booting into target disk mode (hold down T at startup) and transferring them via a firewire cable, or removing the hard drive and hooking it up to another Mac to get the files. Then do a clean install of Mac OS X using your installation discs.

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