New To Mac-Forums?

Welcome to our community! Join the discussion today by registering your FREE account. If you have any problems with the registration process, please contact us!

Get your questions answered by community gurus Advice and insight from world-class Apple enthusiasts Exclusive access to members-only contests, giveaways and deals

Join today!

 
Start a Discussion
 

Mac-Forums Brief

Subscribe to Mac-Forums Brief to receive special offers from Mac-Forums partners and sponsors

Join the conversation RSS
OS X - Operating System General OS operation information and support

OS 10.4 - MacBook won't boot up at all


Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

 
Thread Tools
wavewuver

 
Member Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posts: 31
wavewuver is on a distinguished road

wavewuver is offline
The Mac was running fine until I tried to open an email with photos and everything locked. I could not get to the dock at all. So I decided to shut it down completely and reboot. When I did that, I got the chime, but nothing else. I tried to reset using the command-option-P-R keys but that didn't work. Called apple and discovered that my complimentary phone service had expired but the techie gave me a tip which was to load disk 1 and try to do something from disk utilities. Quite frankly, I'm lost. I'm new to Mac's and you folks are my only hope for tonight. Any suggestions? By the way, I can't figure out how to get the startup disk to eject.......
QUOTE Thanks
MacHeadCase
Guest
 
Posts: n/a

Hi wavewuver!

Insert the DVD install disk (is it a CD?) and startup by holding down the C key. Run Disk Utility to repair your volume. See where that takes you and let us know what happens next.
QUOTE Thanks
wavewuver

 
Member Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posts: 31
wavewuver is on a distinguished road

wavewuver is offline
Ok.....I went to disk utilities and the only thing that showed up was the disk I have inserted. The only button that wasn't greyed out was "verify disk permissions". I pressed that but I got an error message that said "no valid packages". Now that tells me nothing.

At least I can get to disk utilities, does that help?
QUOTE Thanks
MacHeadCase
Guest
 
Posts: n/a

Can you restart holding down the Shift key and let us know if this takes you anywhere? This is known as Safe Boot.

I googled and so far haven't come across anything worth posting.

Right now I'm thinking it's either a really really messed up system or the hard drive is dying... Have you heard any strange noises coming from the hard drive?
QUOTE Thanks
wavewuver

 
Member Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posts: 31
wavewuver is on a distinguished road

wavewuver is offline
Thanx for your help so far.........

Well, I held down the shift key, powered up, the chime went off and then it came to a screen I've never seen before. The last message on the screen said I should restart. So I did. The apple came up, the gear turned many times and it brought me to the Mas OS 10 installer screen screen that I've seen many times today, but I've not been able to do much with.

What do you think?
QUOTE Thanks
MacHeadCase
Guest
 
Posts: n/a

Darn! Should have given you the steps: Mac OS X: Starting up in Safe Mode. Try it again but follow the timing that is described in this Apple article.

If that doesn't work, maybe you can read this: Isolating issues in Mac OS X.

And if that doesn't help either, I'm outta ideas and someone else should jump in here. Too bad you don't have DiskWarrior: I think it might help a whole lot in this situation but it is pricey though.
QUOTE Thanks
wavewuver

 
Member Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posts: 31
wavewuver is on a distinguished road

wavewuver is offline
Thanx MacHead.....I'm beat from shoveling snow and will deal with the Mac tomorrow. At least I have my old windows machine to communicate with. How ironic!!!!!!!!

Thanx.....
QUOTE Thanks
MacHeadCase
Guest
 
Posts: n/a

Sorry for not finding a solution for you, wavewuver. :blind:
QUOTE Thanks
Jeff

 
Jeff's Avatar
 
Member Since: Sep 30, 2006
Location: Kansas
Posts: 808
Jeff is a jewel in the roughJeff is a jewel in the rough
Mac Specs: Black MacBook Black 2GB iPod Nano & Black 80GB iPod Classic B&W G3 G4's - PowerMac & Cube

Jeff is offline
I had a similar experience, and it turned out that my hard drive was dead. It was still under warranty, and was a quick fix, but still a huge pain. I lost all of my datas.

What I did to find the problem:

Let your MacBook boot to the installer. Don't run it yet though.
I just went into disk utility, and my hard drive was no longer on the list.
That let me know that my hard drive wasn't being recognized, and was dead.

Hopefully that's not your problem, so good luck.

Black MacBook
Black 2GB iPod Nano & Black 80GB iPod Classic
B&W G3
G4's - PowerMac & Cube
QUOTE Thanks
MacHeadCase
Guest
 
Posts: n/a

Yeah he doesn't see his hard drive in Disk Utility's window either... :blind:
QUOTE Thanks
Jeff

 
Jeff's Avatar
 
Member Since: Sep 30, 2006
Location: Kansas
Posts: 808
Jeff is a jewel in the roughJeff is a jewel in the rough
Mac Specs: Black MacBook Black 2GB iPod Nano & Black 80GB iPod Classic B&W G3 G4's - PowerMac & Cube

Jeff is offline
Not good. Believe me, I know.

Black MacBook
Black 2GB iPod Nano & Black 80GB iPod Classic
B&W G3
G4's - PowerMac & Cube
QUOTE Thanks
wavewuver

 
Member Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posts: 31
wavewuver is on a distinguished road

wavewuver is offline
Not working. My hard drive is not being recognized and so I can't even try to use the "first aid".

Just a thought.....quite some time ago I upgraded the RAM. Do you think it's worth the effort of taking out the new RAM and putting in the original?
QUOTE Thanks
MacHeadCase
Guest
 
Posts: n/a

IMO, if it was bad RAM, you would go from kernel panic to the next. Maybe it is your hard drive dying on you like Jeff says.

It wouldn't hurt of you did pull the new RAM stick out and putting the old back in though. Try it and see if it runs ok after that.

Let us know how this goes.
QUOTE Thanks
Alexis

 
Alexis's Avatar
 
Member Since: Apr 20, 2006
Posts: 2,255
Alexis is a jewel in the roughAlexis is a jewel in the roughAlexis is a jewel in the rough
Mac Specs: Al iMac 20" 2.4Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo

Alexis is offline
Have a look at:

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=303319
QUOTE Thanks
wavewuver

 
Member Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posts: 31
wavewuver is on a distinguished road

wavewuver is offline
Swapped out the memory, but it didn't help. It was worth a try though.

Tried all of the suggestions everyone made but nothing worked. Thanx for your help.

It's going to the shop and I'll post what they find. I suspect a bad hard drive. Did I have my data backed up..........NOPE!!! Stupid me!!!neye:
QUOTE Thanks

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe


« Alt+S Forum shortcut | G5 with No Installation disc! »
Thread Tools

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
19 Days with a Macbook Pro b.hicks Switcher Hangout 23 03-01-2010 12:49 AM
MacBook impressions - trip to store kaidomac Schweb's Lounge 24 10-14-2007 01:45 PM
Boot Camp Problems with 17" MacBook Pro jt003649 Running Windows (or anything else) on your Mac 3 08-15-2006 05:18 AM
Boot Camp Problems with 17" MacBook Pro jt003649 Apple Notebooks 1 07-30-2006 01:38 PM
The "Mod your MacBook" thread kaidomac Apple Notebooks 50 07-11-2006 08:49 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:54 AM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
X

Welcome to Mac-Forums.com

Create your username to jump into the discussion!

New members like you have made this community the ultimate source for your Mac since 2003!


(4 digit year)

Already a member?