General Mac hardware discussions forum: Bad, bad macbook... flashing question mark on screen

by: grimgraphix June 29, 2009 9:21 PM PDT

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Bad, bad macbook... flashing question mark on screen

by grimgraphix - 6/29/09 9:21 PM

2.0GHz MacBook running 10.5. My friend's computer which he brought to me thinking I might be able to get it booted.

My buddy went to bed last night, running a video on his hard drive with the computer hooked up to his flat screen TV, he fell asleep while it was playing. This morning he woke up to a frozen screen. He did a manual shutdown. Upon restart he got a gray screen with nothing showing.

I have tried the original installation disk and restart while holding down "C" with no result.

I tried a copy of Tech Tools 5 in the DVD drive... with no result.

I have tried booting off of my own external firewire HD upon which I keep a bootable clone of os10.4.11... with no result.

I tried booting off that same external HD while holding down "C" and got the flashing folder with question mark.

I tried using a firewire cable and starting the bad macbook in target mode while hooked up to my old iBook. This caused the macbook screen to show a firewire symbol and nothing showed up on my iBook screen but an archive... Tech Tools on my iBook recognized the archive but could not Unmount the archive when I tried to use any of the tools to explore or fix the target disk.

I know that the flashing question mark indicates there is no start up software to be found, but I have to question whether this might not be something more than a bad HD. Anyone have any suggestions?

BTW... the macbook is out of warranty. My friend just went ahead and ordered a new macbook pro so there is no pressing need to get this fixed in a hurry, but he would like to get the old computer fixed if it is just a matter of replacing an HD.

thanks y'all

grim

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