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MacBook - Boot Menu doesn't work?


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Hey Guys, when i boot holding in ALT what should it give me? all i get is a mouse pointer.

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It should be showing an icon for every bootable device.

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it doesnt seem to do that it only comes up with the mouse pointer, do you know of any way to fix this? is it possible to reflash the bios?
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Your MacBook has no BIOS to re-flash. Try resetting the PRAM and NVRAM. Link

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thanks again for the reply, i should have mentioned i already tried that and i am a complete mac noob lol, the model is a1181 if thats any help.

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thanks again for the reply, i should have mentioned i already tried that and i am a complete mac noob lol, the model is a1181 if thats any help. Scott
OK, not a problem. Let's try something else....

This Link refers to a hidden drive problem with OS X Tiger but it's also applicable to Leopard. I'm not sure if it will help you or not but it does sound like that's what may be happening on your machine.

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thanks so much for the reply, i think ive explained it poorly, i usually repair windows machines, this is my friends one day she turned it on to a flashing folder with a question mark, i assumed it was the hard drive and switched it for a 320Gb however i cant seem to get the OS to install, every time i try it ejects the disc, i have been holding in C to get it to boot from the optical drive, the boot menu i was refering to was the one when you hold the option key when you first turn the macbook on, i cant actually get into Tiger at the minute.

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What OSX DVD are you using to install on the new 320GB drive? Is it the DVD that came with your friends Mac? If not, which one is it? The Gray DVD's that come with macs are tied to the machine. You just can't use any old OSX DVD.

Also is the DVD clean? No scratches nor smudges?
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Hey, its definetly not the ones that came with her mac, its a Leopard Retail disc, yeh its pretty clean, shes going to send me her grey discs in the post, i am worried about the boot menu though, is there any way to fix this?

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You shouldn't need the boot menu whatsoever if you are doing a fresh install from a Leopard retail disk.

When you hold the C key down does it boot to the DVD? Hold it down until you see the apple on the screen.


It may take a minute or so to boot. Once there click next - from the menu at the top select Utilities - Disk Utility
Format the drive as HFS Journaled
Once done close Disk Utility from the menu

Should be ready for the install now.


edit: If it's spitting the disc out instead of getting to the menu - is the disk spinning up or no? If it is spinning up and your disk is clean, I'd try taking a can of air and hitting about 3 quick blasts at a couple different angles, see if the lens is dirty and try again.

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Hey bobtomay, nah i knew i would need the boot menu i was just curious why it wasnt showing up properly, it dosent boot the CD, she sent me the Grey install discs the got with it, it is 10.4.6 the disc does spin up but it spits it out after a bit, i will try the air thing and let you know .

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hey Haktar, i know this thread is a little old but i'm currently having the exact same issue. Im a pc technician, and last week i had this mac a1181 delivered to me, with the folder + flashing question mark issue.

Were u able to solve it? Your guidance here would be of great appreciation.

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The folder with the Question mark usually means there is no bootable system found. Either the hard drive is dead/dying of the OS is messed up.

Did they give you the OSX Install DVD with the machine?
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the machine's owner said she had lost the install DVD. So this is what i did:

-I downloaded a tiger OS X install dvd image through torrent

-I replaced the old hard disk for a new blank hard disk

-I've been trying to load the OS from CD/DVD drive pressing C at startup so it can install on the new HDD, but nothing happens. It starts to seek the OS in the drive but after a while it stops and the question mark appears.

I have tried with .dmg and .toast image files, should i try with .iso format?

I also downloaded a 7.5-GB leopard OS install dvd image, but its too big to fit on a regular blank DVD. Could i install it through USB?

Like I said before, i'm new in Mac and i would appreciate alot your help
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Sorry but we do not allow discussion of Pirated OS's here at Mac Forums.

That is your issue, the tormented OSX. You are going to have to get a legal and real retail version of OSX, then the machine should boot from it.
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