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Apple Macbook Pro was dropped. Will not boot. Screen is grey with flashing file folder with question mark inside. Thanks Dan

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I believe that's a sign the HD is bad. However, I've not worked with the Apples in a very long time. (Remember the Macintosh Classic?)

Posted on Jan 10, 2009

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How to open .zip file downloaded to usb flash drive


Very easy. Create a folder on the device you want to download to. If its a computer, create one on your screen, (desktop)if not great it where you want to.If its not a self unzipping file you will need to use an app that comes with your PC or APPLE plug in the USB, make sure windows recognizes it. Then go to "my computer", left click on the USB holding it down constantly. Drag it over to the folder you created on your desktop and release it. Next double click the folder to open it up. Click on the USB file to unzip. If it asks you were, use current folder. It will unzip as of it to that folder.

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Porteus on a MultiBoot USB Flash (Grub4DOS)


Porteus is a linux distribution customized for USB flash
and disks (live mode)
It is available as 64bit and 32bit solution
to install on USB flash, CD, MP3 player, camera and hard drive.


Porteus 32bit
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1.) Download the Porteus 32bit ISO image:
http://porteus.org/index.php#

2.) Create a folder porteus on a USB flash drive.

3.) Take from the downloaded ISO, files
vmlinuz
initrd.lz (from the folder boot)
and all content (from the folder porteus)
will be placed in a folder porteus.

(extract the files from the ISO can programs Ultra-ISO or WinRar)

4.) In the main menu.lst add a:

title Porteus ==>
configfile (hd0,0)/boot/menus/porteus.lst

5.) In the folder /Boot/menus/ (Create a folder on a USB flash drive)
to file porteus.lst (Create a file on a USB flash drive) add:

splashimage (hd0,0)/BOOT/Splash/slacktux.xpm.gz
foreground 000000
background ffffff

timeout 30
default 0

title Porteus Graphics mode (KDE)
find --set-root /grldr
kernel /porteus/vmlinuz max_loop=255 ramdisk_size=6666 root=/dev/ram0 rw autoexec=xconf;telinit~4 fromusb
initrd /porteus/initrd.lz

title Porteus Graphics mode (KDE),Copy To RAM
find --set-root /grldr
kernel /porteus/vmlinuz max_loop=255 ramdisk_size=6666 root=/dev/ram0 rw copy2ram autoexec=xconf;telinit~4 fromusb
initrd /porteus/initrd.lz

title Porteus Graphics mode (LXDE)
find --set-root /grldr
kernel /porteus/vmlinuz max_loop=255 ramdisk_size=6666 root=/dev/ram0 rw autoexec=lxde;xconf;telinit~4 fromusb
initrd /porteus/initrd.lz

title Porteus Graphics mode (LXDE),Copy To RAM
find --set-root /grldr
kernel /porteus/vmlinuz max_loop=255 ramdisk_size=6666 root=/dev/ram0 rw copy2ram autoexec=lxde;xconf;telinit~4 fromusb
initrd /porteus/initrd.lz

title Porteus Graphics mode (KDE) + Save changes /porteus/
find --set-root /grldr
kernel /porteus/vmlinuz max_loop=255 ramdisk_size=6666 root=/dev/ram0 rw autoexec=xconf;telinit~4 changes=/porteus/ fromusb
initrd /porteus/initrd.lz

title Porteus Graphics VESA mode
find --set-root /grldr
kernel /porteus/vmlinuz max_loop=255 ramdisk_size=6666 root=/dev/ram0 rw autoexec=telinit~4 fromusb
initrd /porteus/initrd.lz

title Porteus Text mode
find --set-root /grldr
kernel /porteus/vmlinuz max_loop=255 ramdisk_size=6666 root=/dev/ram0 rw fromusb
initrd /porteus/initrd.lz

title Return Back <==
configfile (hd0,0)/menu.lst

title Reboot
reboot

title ShutDown
halt

5.) Download file
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4040651/slacktux.xpm.gz
Put the file in a folder /Boot/Splash/ (Create a folder on a USB flash drive)

6.) Porteus on our MultibootUSB flash-is ready for operation.


INFO: MultiBoot USB Flash - Survival Guide (Grub4DOS)
http://www.fixya.com/support/r8170992-multiboot_usb_flash_survival_guide


on Feb 07, 2011 | PC Desktops

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MultiBoot USB Flash - Survival Guide


Grub4DOS is a boot manager
that can be easily installed to a USB flash.
It allows booting multiple operating systems
from a simple graphical user interface.

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1.) Format the USB flash drive in the FAT32 or NTFS filesystem. (Windows)
(
Download and start HPUSBFW.EXE )http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4040651/HPUSBFW.EXE
-REMINDER!!! all data will be deleted on the USB flash-


1.a) Download necessary files
Grub4Doshttp://dl.dropbox.com/u/4040651/grub4dos-0.4.4.zip
Grub4Dos gui Installer 1.1
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4040651/Grub4Dos%20gui%20Installer%201.1.rar

1.b) Extract the downloaded zip files into separate folders.
For example:
Grub4DOS to C:Grub4DOS
Grub4Dos gui Installer 1.1 to C:
Grub4Dos gui Installer 1.1

2.)
If your flashdrive is not already plugged into the computer, plug it in now.

2.a) The next step is to run the Grub4DOS Installer.
Browse to the Installer's unzipped folder using Windows Explorer.

2.b) Run the grubinst_gui.exe program (Windows XP)
Right-click on grubinst_gui.exe Run as administrator (Windows 7)

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2.c) Once the program is started, select the Disk option,
then click the Disk Refresh button and then select
your flashdrive from the dropdown box.
IMPORTANT:If you accidentally select the wrong drive,
you may not be able to boot your system without doing a boot repair.

2.d) Now click the Part List Refresh button,
then the dropdown box and finally select the Whole disk (MBR) option

2.e) Click the Install button to install Grub4DOS to the MBR
of the flashdrive.
Hopefully, you'll get the message that the installation was successful.

3.) The next step is to copy the grldr file to the flashdrive's
root folder.Using Windows Explorer, browse to the folder
where you unzipped
the Grub4DOS program and copy the file to the flashdrive.

3.a) Grub4DOS is now installed on the flashdrive.

4.)Download file
menu.lsthttp://dl.dropbox.com/u/4040651/menu.lst

4.a)You need to copy the menu.lst file to USB Flash

4.b)Create a folder Boot on a USB flash drive.
in this folder create new folders
Splash
menus

4.c) Download file
Snaiyahttp://dl.dropbox.com/u/4040651/Snaiya

4.d) On USB flash-open the folder Boot
Within-we see Splash folder. Copy the file Snaiya into it.


5.) Add Puppy Linux on a multiboot USB flash

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5.a) Download the Puppy ISO imagehttp://www.puppylinux.org/

5.b) Create a folder Puppy on a USB flash drive.

5.c) Take from the downloaded ISO, file
PUP_420.SFS (from the folder Puppy)
Rename it to pup_420.sfs
and copy it to
USB flash.

5.d) Copy all other files from the downloaded ISO (from the folder Puppy)
to the folder /Boot/Puppy/ (Create a folder on a USB flash)

5.e) In the menu.lst add a:

title Puppy
kernel (hd0,0)/boot/Puppy/vmlinuz ramdisk_size=100000
initrd /boot/Puppy/initrd.gz

5.f) Preserve the changes and now menu.lst looks like this:

gfxmenu (hd0,0)/boot/Splash/Snaiya
timeout 30
default 0

title Puppy
kernel (hd0,0)/boot/Puppy/vmlinuz ramdisk_size=100000
initrd /boot/Puppy/initrd.gz

title Boot from CD-rom
cdrom --init
map --hook
chainloader (cd0)

title ShutDown PC
halt

title Reboot PC
reboot

5.g) Puppy on our MultibootUSB flash-is ready for operation.
(Now we can restart our computer and see how it looks and works)

Depending on the options your motherboard, it is necessary when starting
your computer keyboard press: F8 or F12 or Esc, etc..
Thus you will appear a menu where you choose your USB flash drive.


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