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    Dec 12, 2010
    HELP! my macbook won't turn on /boot up
    i have a 2006 macbook, and its been somewhat temperamental lately...i blame it on being old.
    i was using it this morning, totally fine-no problems. then when i starting uploading photos from my camera, it started with the rainbow swirl, continued for 5 or so minutes, and i got impatient and forced my computer off. (held down the power button). (i RARELY do that).
    so, now it won't turn back on.
    I push the button, it lights up with the greyish screen and the apple, it spins for a bit, (1-2 min, which is NOT normal) the dies.

    any ideas??

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    Member Since
    Dec 20, 2006
    Lake Mary, Florida
    15" MBP, Core i7/2GHz, 8GB RAM, 480GB Crucial M500 SSD
    Boot from your OS X System Disc 1 by popping the disc in, turning the machine on and pressing and holding the C key.

    Once it boots, click through the dialog boxes until the menu bar appears. Open Disk Utility from the Utilities menu and then run a Verify/Repair Permissions and Verify/Repair Disk. Once that's done, report back and let us know how it goes.
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

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    harryb2448's Avatar
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    Nov 28, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    iMac, i7 4GHz, 32GB memory, 1TB Blade Drive, OS X.13.5
    That ain't old ~ my original LC is old with 8MB of memory and a huge 128MB hard drive!

    Avoid hitting that power button ~ only use it for extreme emergencies. And after you have done what cwa107 recommends, be prepared for a new hard drive. Going on five years is a lot of work for a 2.5" hard drive.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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