Whenever I turn my Mac book on, I get a grey screen, with the apple logo, and a spinning wheel, that looks like a stopwatch counting down. It never loads up so I can use my computer. I've tried all the recommendations in my owner's manual, but still can't get it to boot. I also did the option key thing, whenever I turned it back on, and got the picture of the hard drive symbol. Any suggestions? Thank you for your time and for your help.
Start the computer from the installation CD, choose Disk Utility from the menu, and then choose Repair Disk with the internal HD selected. If that doesn't work, you can try a new OS installation. If your data is important, don't erase the drive during installation and select "Archive and Install" -- if your data is *NOT* important, you can just repartition the drive and install the OS.
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This could be one of three things.
1. a corrupted file on your HD, or
2. the directory on the HD is corrupted, or
3 a failing HD
Try starting up from your installation DVD and then running disk utility. (Insert your DVD then shut down the Mac. Restart the Mac and hold down the C key until you see the Apple logo. Once you reach the screen that asks which language you want to use, select English and then from the menu bar chose disk utility and repair HD)
If you get a message to the effect that disk Utility cannot repair the disk, run it one more time.
If you still get the message then you had better locate a service centre.
Sometimes letting the installation run its course and overwriting the existing system will fix it.
In this instance, you select the archive and install option, otherwise you will erase your files as the HD will be wiped.
I hope you have your files backed up.
Dose the apple logo comes and the spin or no ?
if its coming permission issues
if dosent come the apple logo and the spin then please reset the eprom
by pressing command +option+p+r and press the power button to on and wait till you listen three times the chime the third time release all the button and say hello to your Personel desktop
This could be an issue where you may have a few Startup items in your StartupItems folder in your System Library which may be affecting your Macbook's startup.
So I recommend you boot your Mac into Safe Mode to see if you can't remove a possible folder(s) that may be affecting your Mac's start up function.
Try these steps:
-SAFE BOOT MODE- • Reboot your Mac • Upon restarting your Mac, press the Shift key.
• Hold the Shift key until you see a White Screen with Gray Apple icon and eventually a spinning gear. • When you see the Spinning gear, release the Shift key.
• Allow the Mac to continue booting up. Also this may take a little while. (NOTE: this may take anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes to load to the Safe mode screen depending on the performance of your Mac, but if it exceeds this time, shutdown your Mac and try just once more. It may have just frozen up the first time around for you.)
• You are going to enter the Safe Mode (which looks like your main desktop environment the only difference is certain start up items are disabled.)
• Once within the Desktop in Safe Mode • From the Finder Menu, click Go> Go to Folder • Type in this line: /System/Library/StartupItems
• This path, is going to take you to the System Library folder which has all of your Mac OS X Startupitems.
• Remove all of those folders to the Trash.
*Reboot your Mac normally and see if you can access your normal User desktop environment. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Let me know if this helps!
Laptop is looking for a bootup device. Insert your mac operating sustem disc and boot from the disc, then select disc utility from the top header listing and select verify disc, let the system check run and reboot.