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    Question OS wont boot

    When I start my Macbook all I am seeing is the grey screen. The apple doesnt pop up and nothing loads but the chime chimes. My Logic board failed on me a few months ago and when I started my computer no grey screen appeared and the chime didnt chime. So its not the exact same problem as a shorted logic board.

    I have no idea what to do and I was wondering if anyone else has had this problem and what they did.

    Thanks a lot.

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    Use the supplied hardware diagnostic test disk, it's on the same as your OS install disk.

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    Maybe it's hard disk related.

    My hard drive died on me yesterday. Is it making any noises? "Clicks" or anything?

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    If you hold down the option key before the mac chimes does anything appear on the screen?

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    If the chime chimes, but you don't see anything after that, it's most likely Hard Drive related.

    Can you get into Target Disk mode? (Hold down T immediately after pressing the power button)

    If you can, BACKUP DATA NOW.

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    Off to the Apple store first thing in the morning I would suggest, still under Applecare is it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SyncMan View Post
    Use the supplied hardware diagnostic test disk, it's on the same as your OS install disk.
    It's weird, 1.5 hours after I posted this, I am on the phone last night telling my mum to use it as well, after a very long time of not using it. I have to wait till later this morning to see if she has a hardware problem on her MacBook

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    Hi, I think I have the same problem. I cannot boot up and im stuck on the grey screen. HDD failure or worse?

    Machine is a Mac Pro, 4gb ram xt1900.

    As for backing up, well I just bought an external drive and was beginning to back up and then this happened!

    holding option only shows me my mouse pointer. Mac chimes on start up and i can't get into target mode Reset PRAM, SMU everything i could think of.

    Any other ideas?

    Thaks

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    Hard drive = dead.

    If it chimes, you're alright, logic board wise.

    EDIT: right, if it's a Mac Pro there's more you can do...

    Tried reseating the HDD? Just pull it out and plug it back in again.

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    Yes the HDD is dead. Clicking away. I just need to get a few things off it, but it looks like it is too late.

    I can't believe it, I but a back up disc and I didn't even get a chance to back anything up.

    Any way of getting data off the dead one without paying some crazy amount?

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    Nope. You're out of luck.

    If you do decide to go the crazy amount: http://www.ontrackdatarecovery.com/

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    Thanks for the link. I only needed a serial to activate one of my plugins. Apart from that I should be fine.

    At least I can have a clean install of Leopard now. Maybe now it will run better. Maybe the HDD was causing it (10.5) to be sluggish?

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