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Startup screen flashes between ? and double face non-stop

I am trying to fix this mac for a friend. The restore disc won't work, there is no location displayed to install to when prompted to choose it. He said something about his girlfriend downloading some game and it hasn't worked since. Thanks1
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Try to format the drive then mount it under utilitys, another reason for no destination is a bad harddrive or logic board

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Why is my macbook air a1466 showin a file with a question mark when i turn it on and how do i fix it


http://support.apple.com/kb/ts1440

A flashing question mark appears when you start your Mac Symptoms

If you see a flashing question mark when you start your Mac, it's probably because it can't find the system software it needs to start up. Usually, all you have to do to get your Mac back up and running is remind it where its software is.
Resolution

If your computer starts up normally after a brief delay, you probably just need to reselect the startup disk in Startup Disk preferences. It's normal to see the flashing question mark when a startup disk has not been selected. In most cases, reselecting the startup disk is all that is required to resolve the issue.

Sometimes, your computer may not start beyond the flashing question mark.

Tip: If your computer has a gray screen (with no flashing question mark) startup issue, see Mac OS X: Gray screen appears during startup.

Check the mouse and keyboard

This issue might occur if a mouse or trackpad button is pressed during startup. Make sure the button isn't pressed.

If the issue persists, shut down your Mac with its power button, disconnect any external mouse and keyboard, then turn on your Mac with its power button. If the flashing question mark issue persists, reconnect the keyboard and mouse.

Additional steps

If your Mac still starts to a flashing question mark, follow the steps below. If any step resolves the issue, you don't need to continue to the next one.

  1. Select your Mac OS X startup disk with Startup Manager by restarting and holding the Option key. After your Mac starts up, restart again to verify that the flashing question mark does not appear.
  2. If the issue persists, insert your Mac OS X installation disc. Be sure to either use the disc that came with your Mac, or, if you installed a later Mac OS X version from disc, use the newer disc.

    MacBook Air note: On a MacBook Air, there are two options for starting up from Mac OS X media: Either connect a MacBook Air SuperDrive to the MacBook Air via the USB port and restart the computer, holding down the C key during startup, or use Remote Install Mac OS X to startup from a system software DVD that's located on a partner computer. Once started up from Mac OS X media, skip to step 3.

  3. Restart the computer, then hold the C key during startup.
  4. From the Utilities menu, choose Disk Utility. Don't click Continue.
  5. Select your Mac OS X disk (named "Macintosh HD" by default) in the left side of the Disk Utility window.
  6. Click the First Aid tab.
  7. Click Repair Disk to verify and repair any issues with your Mac OS X startup disk.
  8. After repairing the disk, try to start up normally.

    Important: If Disk Utility finds issues it cannot repair, you may need to back up as much of your data as possible (or use Time Machine to back up to a different disk), then erase the disk and reinstall Mac OS X. You should back up important files and data before erasing a drive. Erasing deletes everything on the hard disk (including things on your desktop). Also, you can install Mac OS X onto an external disk, start from the external disk, and use Migration Assistant to transfer items from your usual internal Mac OS X startup disk to the external disk, then erase the internal disk and reinstall Mac OS X.
  9. If the issue persists, and Disk Utility didn't find any irreparable issues, quit Disk Utility, quit the Installer, select your disk when prompted, and restart.
  10. If the issue continues, reset PRAM. Note: After resetting PRAM, if the computer starts up normally, reselect the startup disk in the Startup Disk preferences.
  11. If none of these steps resolve the issue, start up from the Mac OS X Installation disc and reinstall Mac OS X.
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I want to restore my Mac book pro and I don't have the cd and I forgot the administrator password and username


Hi, can you borrow one from a friend ?

insert cd/dvd into drive then boot Mac when you hear the startup sound press and hold the "C" key until you see the os startup screen.

Oct 25, 2013 | Apple MacBook Pro Laptop Computer with...

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Apple macbook air won't turn on


Does the Apple logo or the Pinwheel show on the screen?

There is a problem with you OSX installation. Please boot from the Recovery partition (hold Cmd+R during the startup chime), and use Startup Disk to choose the correct hard drive to boot from.
You can also restore from a backup, and not lose your data here as well.

Oct 28, 2012 | Apple MacBook Air

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When I start up my MacBook it goes through the normal process, but then I only have a blank blue screen and there is no dashboard on the icons.


Corrupt startup files- cheap fix.
Logic board issues expensive fix.

1) Try removing RAM chips and reinserting snug.
2) Try installing disc 1 and repairing permissions.
3) Try re-installation of software OS.
4) If the above didn't work, then your fu.k.d old chap.

Mar 18, 2010 | Apple MacBook Mac Notebook

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Flashing question mark on white screen


The computer is saying that it cannot find the operating system. Usually, due to hard drive broken or you got corrupt boot up files. Insert disc 1 Apple gave you then turn the thing off. Now turn the thing back on and hold and press the option key on your keyboard. Release the key when the disc loads. Select the icon of the disc and press the right arrow. Then when the disc loads, you can go select utilites and then select disc utilities. Then select your hard drive in the left top box and then select First Aid and then select Repair Disk permissions. Close out and quit and try pressing the power button again. Also, try deleting the startup programs by going to system preferences, accounts, and login items. Then click on all the programs and click delete. Sometimes these crazy startup programs interfere with the bootup. If that don't help, then you def need a new hard drive.

Feb 21, 2010 | Apple MacBook Mac Notebook

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My mac is showing me a grey screen with a flashing folder icon in the middle alternating the finder icon and a question mark.I dont have the osx disc


Hi there,
The flashing folder icon is telling you that your Mac cannot locate a working operating system to startup.

You may be having a software problem that is keeping your Mac from recognizing your operating system, or a hardware problem that is keeping your Mac from connecting to your hard drive (where the operating system lives).
Since you don't have access to a CD/DVD of the Mac operating system, ff you have an external hard drive with a working operating system on it, try connecting it to your Mac with FireWire and startup the computer holding down these keys: Command (Apple) +option+shift+delete. This will force the Mac to attempt to startup from the external drive.
If none of these things work, we would be glad to help at TechRestore. You can use coupon code "TWEET" for $10 off any drive replacement service. We offer free shipping options and local pickup in your neighborhood. http://techrestore.com
Hope this helps!
TechRestore

Oct 01, 2009 | Apple iBook G4 1GHz 256mb 40GB Combo 14"...

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Macbook was manually shut down during an update


while starting, hit cmd v. this will put it into verbose mode and show the background processes and where it stops, there will be your problem. Also try inserting an OS disk and hitting c during startup chime and use the disk utility to fix the permissions.

Jun 04, 2009 | Apple MacBook Mac Notebook

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Just repaired g3 ibook. Hard drive needs formatting, as it has xp loaded on it. Ibook starts up, boot tone, proceeds to load, then screen has a file in the center of screen with the osx finder square face...


With the OS X Installer CD in the drive, try booting your mac and holding down the option key immediately after you hear the start up chime. This will (hopefully) load a firmware boot loader that will show available start up discs. Hopefully the OSX installer will show up as CD Icon. Select the Icon with your mouse or keyboard and press enter to start up with the Installer CD. From the installer you should be able to erase and format the drive as Mac OS Extended before installing OS X.


If the computer still won't boot from the CD double check that it is a retail OS X installer CD. If your CD has "software restore" or "ibook restore" or any other varient of restore written on the label; or if it names a particular model such as "ibook install" or "imac install" it is not a retail copy and may not be a bootable disc. A retail copy will only name the version of the operating system followed by the word install written on it's label and usually have a brief instruction on booting from the CD by holding the C key at startup.


Hope this helps, let me know what happens.

Apr 03, 2009 | Apple iBook G3 Mac Notebook

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Random Flashes on Macbook 13" native screen


you could try reseting the pram. this is accomplished by holding down Command, Option, P, and R at startup you will want to hear the start up tones at least three times. if that doesnt work you might have an inverter issue, the inverter is located behind the screen and needs to be looked at by a pro

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