Question about Apple MacBook 13"White /2.0Ghz Intel Core2 Duo White/2GB (2x1gb)/80GB/SuperDrive (Z0DT) Mac Notebook

2 Answers

Intel Macbook Flashing Folder, wont boot DVD

Just inherited oldish macbook, with replaced non-apple harddrive. Also without recovery disks. Originally booted into what I assumed was the install screen with the basic OS screen menu [whatever]. Attempted to install from disks, this didn't work so, Ran Disk Utility, erase disk and restarted. Try booting from (borrowed) OSX 10.5 disks. machine seemed to shipped with 10.4. and all that happens is the flashing folder with question mark. Have tried holding option key and cursor appears but nothing else and still wont boot disk.

Am more used to Windows computers so this is all more than a little confusing. Have i messed it all up?

Posted by on

2 Answers

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer

Just a note--any Universal retail OSX install disc will work. It's only a machine specific disc that won't unless it's for your model.

Posted on Jul 08, 2009

  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points

    All-Star:

    An expert that got 10 achievements.

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    Vice President:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 100 times.

  • Expert
  • 368 Answers

Hi yeddi,333,

You say you originally booted into what you assumed was the install screen and tried to install from disks - then you later mention borrowed 10.5 disks - - was this one set of disks or two?

Unless those install disks (esp. the 10.5 disks) were for that version of MacBook, they likely won't work - different chip-sets from MacBookPro, iMac, etc. You'll need to either get the right recovery disks, or find someone who is able to re-image your computer via Target Disk Mode or using NetRestore, or some similar software product. If you don't have these resources, it's likely fastest/easiest to get the right install/recovery disks from Apple - - since they already sold the OS with that computer, you can maybe get a recovery done by them - - I'd call and ask.

Also - - does this MacBook have AppleCare (3 year extended warranty) - - if so, see if you can exercise that for actual hands-on assistance.

I'd also be sure that the hard drive was properly replaced and is actually working - - why was it replaced originally?

You're probably going to need to contact Apple for some assistance - go to this site to schedule phone support.

http://www.apple.com/support/expert/

or go into your nearest Apple store and show it to one of the "geniuses" at their tech support desk.

If I can be of further assistance, or if you have questions about any of my response(s), please let me know before rating me.

If this solves the issue, please rate it accordingly. My goal is to earn a "FixYa" rating from everyone I help.

Thanks for using Fixya.com,

Jon

Posted on Feb 21, 2009

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

1 Answer

Macbook pro folder question mark


this is the symbol for a failed, corrupt, or mis-connected boot disk. Check your hard drive -- it probably needs replacing.

Jan 13, 2014 | Apple MacBook 13"White /2.0Ghz Intel Core2...

1 Answer

My macbook air start to show me a white screen white a blinking folder inside


Sound like you have an issue with either your hard drive or the operating system has lost the plot. Try this OS About OS Recovery

If you are able to access the recovery partition then use the disk utility to check the disk.

If this does not work then take the computer to an Apple repair centre, if it's still covered by warranty the disk might be replaced under warranty.

If it's not covered, you could try using DiskWarrior 4 The Disk Utility for Mac Disk Repair Mac Directory Repair... which has allowed me to recover disks that have not been able to be repaired with Apple's disk utility.

Dec 28, 2013 | Apple MacBook Air

1 Answer

My macbook has a blank white screen, and then it showed a flashing file folder with a question mark on it.


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.

Nov 28, 2009 | Apple MacBook 13"White /2.0Ghz Intel Core2...

2 Answers

My macbook is frozen with the folder icon showing on a blank screen with a question mark on it? Help


It sounds like your MacBook can not find the system software to boot up. This is often a sign of a hard drive going bad. Try booting from the CD/DVD that came with your MacBook and running Disk Utility.
You can also refer to this article:
http://support.apple.com/kb/TS1440?viewlocale=en_US
Good luck!
I hope this helps.

Nov 16, 2009 | Apple MacBook 13"White /2.0Ghz Intel Core2...

1 Answer

I put a dvd in my macbook what was burned on a german system and now I can't take it out and the dvd player show me no disk when I try to open the dvd player.


Three possible solutions

Restart the Mac during the bootup, hold down the mouse key, that may work

use disk utility in applications folder and the utility folder and see if the disk shows up under your DVD drive and from there you can then press the eject button

Don't know if your macbook is an intel but if it isn't try restarting the computer and holding down: Cmd+Option+O+F and the type in the terminal box: eject CD and then press return

Oct 11, 2009 | Apple MacBook 13"White /2.0Ghz Intel Core2...

1 Answer

When I start my macbook a blue screen appears with a folder with a ? mark in it flashing


That message means that it can't find the start up folder and or your hard drive has crashed.

If you insert your OS disk or a copy of Disk Warrior you can boot to the cd / dvd by holding down the "C" key and then powering up the Macbook.

Let me know if you have that OS cd and then we'll go from there.

Jun 13, 2009 | Apple MacBook PC Notebook

1 Answer

Flashing folder icon at startup


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..

Dec 14, 2008 | Apple MacBook 13"White /2.0Ghz Intel Core2...

2 Answers

Flashing Folder


you are having main-board issues and possible harddrive issue.
but the mainboard can cause drive failures your info might be fine,The blue screen indicates a board error(memory usually)

Aug 09, 2008 | Apple MacBook 13"White /2.0Ghz Intel Core2...

2 Answers

My Mac wont work. blinking Folder with "?"


Another alternative is to hold the "option" key as the Mac boots up to force it to recheck possible blessed start-up disks. If your hard disk drive shows up, select it. When it boots into OS X, immediately back up your data and restart the Mac with the OS X DVD (or CD) Install Disk. When you're in the boot menu from the OS X Install Disk, select "Utilities" then "Repair drive" and select your HDD. That should help OS X repair any file permissions or data corruption that may have occurred. I would also look into getting a new HDD. It seems to me that your current one may be failing and need replacement.

Jan 17, 2008 | Apple MacBook 13"White /2.0Ghz Intel Core2...

Not finding what you are looking for?
Apple MacBook 13"White /2.0Ghz Intel Core2 Duo White/2GB (2x1gb)/80GB/SuperDrive (Z0DT) Mac Notebook Logo

655 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Apple Mac Laptops Experts

Louise Nadon

Level 1 Expert

3 Answers

Zarek

Level 1 Expert

6 Answers

Are you an Apple Mac Laptop Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...