Question about Apple MacBook Air
I can't view anything else without this icon sitting on top of the document or desktop. It is just there all the time. I tried to shut down the computer but it won't do it. Any ideas?
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
The hard drive is probably on it's way out. You can get and run Disk Warrior and you could repair permissions and such but the hard drive is probably on it's way to the grave.
A couple things though. It isn't enough to just put the disk in, you need to hold down "c" while the computer starts for it to try to run off your disk. You can then try to repair permissions and fix the disk from the installation program that starts. When the Install OS X screen comes up (looks like a desktop but with the big dialog box in the middle) click on Utilities at the top and then on Disk Utility. HERE IS APPLE'S SITE for you to read about how to try to repair your disk. I've found that this sometimes works and may help it work enough for you to get your files off, but may not.
Another method would be to get another Mac, and hook the two together with a firewire to transfer your files, then reinstall OS X in your ailing computer. Go HERE to read about this technique.
Posted on Feb 26, 2009
SOURCE: mac book will not turn on.
http://www.ifixit.com/Guide try this location for a guide
re-set your pmu 1. disconnect battery and power supply 2. hold down start button for 5-6 seconds 3. re-connect battery and power supply try to start if nothing might be your dc-in board/ has failed good luck
Posted on Apr 01, 2009
SOURCE: macbook wont start
The only reason to pull the battery is to reset the SMU (used to be called the PMU). Do this when it's unplugged and completely un-powered, hold down the Start button for at least 5-7 seconds (count slowly) and then re-energize (battery and AC usually).
Also try zapping the PRAM (restart, holding down Command/Apple, Alt/Option, "P" + "R" (all four at once) and repeat until you hear start-up chimes at least 3 times. These may not fix it, but won't hurt.
The flashing question mark indicates that it's not finding the OS on the hard drive. In my experience, this usually means a re-install of the OS. If it's still doing this after the first two step above, dig out your install DVDs and get started.
Starting with the alt (option) button should put you into the Boot Manager. The password should typically be the the password for your (hopefully Admin-enabled) user account. Did you set the Master Password in the System Preferences? If so, you're back to erasing/starting over. If you use powerful features like this, select passwords you can remember, or write them down and store them securely (NOT a Post-It™ taped to the bottom of the MacBook or penciled in on the bezel - yes, I've seen both).
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Posted on Apr 04, 2009
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.
Posted on Jun 04, 2009
Hello, The blinking file folder with the question mark can happen when the computer doesn't "see" your System. It can be caused by a faulty hard drive, or by a damaged operating system. You can try to reboot the mac, hold the mouse button during 20 seconds to eject the CD, then insert you installation DVD (leopard). Reboot the Mac again, and hold the "C" key. Select english, the go to the tools menu, and Disk Utility. Go to the SOS tab, select your drive and click "repair". If something red appears, it means that it has found something wrong on your hard drive. Best regards
Posted on Jun 10, 2009
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