I inherited this problem mac from my son. Black 13" macbook duo 2.0. He attempted to change the hard drive and cut the ribbon cable for the trackpad. So I replaced the top cover. It will boot now with the power button but doesn't get past a flashing question mark folder icon. I attempted to install os x 10.4 from a dvd, but cannot seem to get it to recognize anything in the opt. drive. I have restarted using the c key to recognize the optic drive , but it doesn't work (checked the cable and it's plugged into the mb. I've tried the opt key, and get a cursor, but nothing else. I have zapped the pram, and pulled the HD and reset it in place, but all i get is the flashing question mark folder...
Fixed it myself. Here's how: Put a DVD of Mac OS Leopard in the optic drive and restart with the C key held down. THIS time it responds and gives me a complete launch, however I did have to reformat the Hard Drive using the Disk Utility on the OS disk. It also required me to use the GUID table format on the options menu button... look for it... Then after reformatting, I was able to reload the OS and at least I was able to save a MOBO swap... Cool beans and I'm up and running..
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1) restart mac and press down the trackpad button after you hear the startup noise
that does not work try opening up disk utility and click on the icon of
your disk under the left hand column then go up to eject button and
3) or open up terminal found in the utilities folder within your applications folder and then type in drutil tray eject and then press return
what to do is try pick up your macbook tilt the imac to the one side
and press the eject key and hopefully the effect of gravity will allow
the CD to fall out.
However, I would say that DVD drives in all macs are a bit suspect and if your
macbook is still under warranty or under AppleCare take it back to the
Apple Store and tell them that the DVD drive is faulty and they should
replace it free off charge.
Hi Joe. It means that the start-up drive has some corruption of some sort. I've posted previously what to do in such situations so just search for flashing question mark and there's a walkthrough of possible fixes.
Hello That looks like your Mac does not see the System folder, for multiple reasons: - Your hard drive needs repair / change- Your system files have bad permissions or are missing (to check this, disk utility in the Utilities folder cane good help)- Your hard drive has been erased or partitioned. Hope that helps
Your macbook is not locating your hardrive. turn off your laptop, insert the Mac OS disc in the drive, and then reboot while holding down the c key to allow it to boot from the OS on the DVD. Then use the disk utilities application from the desktop menu and to a disk repair on your hard drive and then restart.
Hard drive is dead or the signal from the hard drive is not being read by the ide controller. I'm working on a MacBook 13 inch right now with the same issue. I had a spare hard drive and a windows Vista disc, so I installed the hard drive and inserted the vista install disc and the laptop loaded and installed Vista on the Mac with no issues. I took the hard drive from the Mac and attached an adapter to it and ran it through a usb on another laptop and the laptop could not read the files on the drive....so, the drive was bad.
This usually means a corrupted disk structure. From your latest install disk, even the original, put in the CD/DVD and power up holding the C key down until it loads the installer. Answer the language question. From the Menu Bar, select Utilities or Disk Utility. In there select your drive on the left and then press Repair Disk. After no errors, press Fix Permissions. There may be some "errors" shown for permissions that can be ignored, they have used links (lrw...) where it expects none. This will most often fix the problem.
You might try a "safe mode" boot, since System 6 or before. Hold the shift key down while booting. You will not have networking or drivers for mice, etc. You may be able to Repair Disk and get things working this way. Holding the Option key down allow you to select another disk if you have bootable system on it, USB or Firewire.
There seem to be a lot of this problem lately. Just remember to Verify/Repair Disk and Fix Permissions before and after every install.
It means that the computer can't find the hard drive portion that starts the computer into OS X. It usually indicates a dead hard drive, though sometimes it can be fixed by running your OS X install disk and using the repair function on it. If you don't feel comfortable doing this, find a good repair tech on Craigslist or through your local search.
A flashing folder at startup means that the Mac doesn't recognize your system. This can be either a hardware or software problem. The hardware problem would be the hard drive, and the software the OS.
So these are the steps you should proceed:
1) Check your hard disk by using your install DVD (press the c key at startup), choose your language, go to the utilities menu and hit Disk utility. go to SOS tab and select your hard drive on the left. Click "repair volume" and check what happens.
2) reboot, if it does not recognize the system again, reinstall it using the "archive-install" option