Thread: Snow Leopard will not boot
05-14-2013, 03:16 AM #1
Snow Leopard will not boot
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- May 14, 2013
Hey, so Snow Leopard froze temporarily on my Macbook Pro and without warning when I was using it, temporarily unfreezing long enough for me to shut the computer down.
When I attempted to turn it back on, I was trapped at a white screen with the grey apple and the rotating progress circle, indefinitely.
I attempted to solve the issue in a variety of ways recommended on this forum and other sources of information, but have yet to resolve the problem.
I have attempted to place my original install DVD and boot from that, using both the C key and the Option key on startup, with each option disregarding, then ejecting the DVD and leaving me at the screen described above.
I then attempted, on the recommendation of support.apple to boot in safe mode, unsuccessfully, leading me to the screen described above again and again.
I started in both single user and verbose mode, attempting to utilize /sbin/fsck -fy to resolve the issue, upon recommendation of support.apple, but the message *** FILE SYSTEM WAS MODIFIED *** would consistently appear, never reaching the ideal *** the volume ____ appears to be ok. In verbose mode, I would repeatedly receive the disk0s2: I/O error for nearly an hour.
I am unsure how to proceed, lacking in savviness when it comes to technology, and was hoping that the implications of a completely dead HDD found elsewhere are not as true as they seem.
Thank you for your assistance.
05-14-2013, 09:04 AM #2
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- Dec 11, 2010
- late 2012 mini w/SSD
Unfortunately, you don't quite have enough info to rule out a motherboard failure. You have to find some way to boot up (including external drive), to decide that.
First troubleshooting step - replace the hard drive (and consider the drive cable, too).
(sorry, but not guaranteed to work)
05-14-2013, 04:36 PM #3
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- Jan 23, 2008
- Keller, Texas
- Late 2013 27" iMac, iPad 3, iPhone 6s+, iPhone 6+, 3 iPods, Sierra
It appears you have several things that are in need of repair:
1. Your optical drive is either failing or needs cleaning. A blast of air with a compressed air canister may be all that it needs.
2. I agree with member "gsahli" that your hard drive needs replacing, and as he also said it might be a good idea to replace the SATA cable at the same time.
Have you been making backups?
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