Help: MacBook start up error

Discussion in 'MacBook Air, MacBook & MacBook Pro' started by Evan_Racing, Aug 31, 2009.

  1. Evan_Racing

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    Hi guys,

    I have a late 2007 MacBook Intel Core 2 Duo. Upgraded the ram to 4GB and upgraded the HD to 320GB, running Leopard 10.5.7.

    I was having problems for the past week now of it being slow and hangs. This afternoon, it was acting slow again and was hanging, so I tried Repair Disk Permissions and Verify Disk Permissions. The permissions were completed and the results seem fine. It didn't give out any errors or anything like that. I decided to restart it just so it can refresh itself, but it was slow and sort of hanged upon loading the desktop and everything, so I forced shut down holding the power button and when I pressed it again to open it, it gave me this error icon instead of the apple logo.

    Sorry, I can't upload an image now cause I'm only using my phone and it's pretty difficult. I'll post them later when I get a hold of a computer. In the meantime, I hope you can help me out here.

    Thanks.


    UPDATE:

    Here's how my screen looks like when I open my MacBook:

    [​IMG]


    You guys think its a Hard Drive problem? will I still be able to retrieve my files?
     
    #1 Evan_Racing, Aug 31, 2009
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  2. mark_17

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    it sounds like a harddrive problem..
     
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    If you can still start it up, try resetting PRAM.
     
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    how does the error icon looks like? does it have any error messages? just be ready for your files.. hopefully it's back'd up..
     
  5. Evan_Racing

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    Update: Posted a picture of my screen. It's on my first post.

    Any help would definitely be appreciated.

    Thanks.


    P.S. What's more important for me is to be able to recover all the files I have in there, especially the music in my iTunes.
     
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    If the icon looks like a folder wirh a flashing question mark, it could be hard drive problem:slanted:

    It happened to me last year and i wasn't able to back up my data. Tsk,tsk
     
  8. Evan_Racing

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    Thanks! this was very helpful. For some reason, my start up disk Mac OS X wasn't selected.


    UPDATE: I'm able to run my OS already without force launching but it was slow and becomes much more slower and hangs when my temp rises.

    I was still on 10.5.7 and I was thinking maybe if I update, it would fix the issue (if ever it has something to do with the software). I updated to 10.5.8 last night and for some reason, my mac was back to normal again. It's running fine now from start up tpo shutdown. I'm not sure if it'll get slow and hang again if the temp would rise. I'm still gonna check first if the update really fixed my issues or if it really is a hardware problem (hopefully not).
     

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