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Mac laptop won't boot up

Laptop won t boot up light blue screen with a question mark within a file folder icon
Used the DVI to VGA adapter to play a DVD prior to this
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Could be hard drive crash.. Try loading MAC OSX from CD to see if it will fire up.

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You many need to reseat the Apple DVI to ADC Adapter that is connecting your Apple Cinema HD 23" to your Mac.

If that adapter is not properly seated, it can cause a color distortion with the display. Also, if the adapter is damaged, that can also impact proper resolution and color balance.

To try and resolve this issue for you, I have a procedure I would like you to try:

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I am going to have you take your Mac into Safe Mode to see if we can't isolate what may be affecting your display's resolution.

Try these steps:

• Reboot your Mac
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• Hold the Shift key until you see a White Screen with Gray Apple icon and eventually a spinning gear.
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• You are going to enter the Safe Mode (which looks like your main desktop environment - the only difference is certain startup items are disabled.)

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*Reboot your Mac normally and see if you can access your normal User desktop environment.

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This should help. If it does not let me know.

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Given the environment and issue, sometimes a solid way to process of eliminate, is to add a display to the laptop. Laptop videocards are embedded/integrated in the motherboard/logic board. So, your Mac has not been specified. This provides for many variables. I'll keep this simple but thorough.


First, monitors. Unless you have a great hook up from the next level, you will most likely have a:
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($20) is well worth enjoying what you've paid for.

The "possible adapter" is a white (made by Apple for Apple) proprietary adapter that is required to connect any Macintosh laptop that IS NOT of the ALUMINUM POWERBOOK or MAC BOOK or MACBOOK PRO series, to a monitor. All recent Macintosh laptops ship with 1 form or another of a video adapter.

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If you need to cross over VGA to DVI and DVI to VGA adapters are available, but you will then have to make note of the gender of the connecting port or cable end.



So, if you own:
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  • 667Mhz-1Ghz Titanium Powerbook, all Aluminum Powerbooks, and ALL Macbook Pros have an on-board DVI female ports. In the rear for TIbooks and Rear right side on Aluminumbooks and MBPs.
  • All Macbooks utilize mini DVI.
SO, ON WITH THE QUESTION PLEASE!!

Connect a display to your laptop. If you get a picture, than more than likely, any component from the cable that runs from the motherboard, up into the display panel, to the inside of the display, is faulty.

If you do not get a picture, than its highly possible the video card or GPU has failed.

If you could specify your model, I can further assist you.




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Lets see the cableing..

So you have a mac with a mini-dvi slot, you have a mini-dvi to dvi adapter, and then Dvi to vga adapter which connects to the tv?

The mini-dvi to dvi adapter doesn't have the analog VGA signal your tv needs. If I understood right.

Apple's mini-DVI to DVI-D cable does not carry the analog signal coming from the mini-DVI port on the Apple computer. This means that instead of buying a single mini-DVI cable from Apple and using a cheap DVI-to-VGA adaptor when you need VGA output, you must purchase another mini-DVI cable from Apple.

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